Giants out to prove their worth
Super League leaders Huddersfield face a stern test of their title credentials on Friday night as they take on championship favourites and Challenge Cup finalists Wigan.
The Giants have sustained an unexpectedly strong title challenge throughout the campaign and travel to the DW Stadium holding a one-point lead at the top over the Warriors and Warrington.
Yet after seeing strong starts peter out in recent seasons and falling short in some of their bigger tests of nerve - most recently against Warrington in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals - questions still remain over their durability.
Coach Paul Anderson, who has impressed in his first full season in charge, is convinced his side can prove the doubters wrong.
Victory over Wigan would not only give the Giants the edge in the race for the League Leaders' Shield, but provide a psychologically important win heading into the play-offs.
Anderson said: "We're going to Wigan and we'll go to London the week after full of confidence because we know we're a good team and we've been in the top two or three all year.
"We know we're going into the business end now where we have to perform on the big stage and I'm confident we will.
"I'm confident that we know our systems and everyone knows their individual roles and can do them well."
The Giants, who reclaimed top spot when Wigan slipped up against St Helens last month, ran out 22-10 winners when the sides met at the John Smith's Stadium in February.
Inspired by half-back Danny Brough, they have been one of the most impressive sides in the competition without commanding the attention of the likes of Wigan, Warrington and Leeds.
Wigan coach Shaun Wane said: "They have done well. Paul has obviously done a great job there. I like the way they play. They play a good brand of rugby league and have got some very talented players.
"Danny Brough and Luke Robinson are two of the best halves in the competition. They are a really threatening team."
Huddersfield are close to full strength with forwards Jason Chan, Shaun Lunt and Dale Ferguson back in contention while Wigan are not risking captain Sean O'Loughlin, Matty Smith and Ben Flower due to leg injuries.
Sam Tomkins, Pat Richards, Liam Farrell and Gil Dudson do return.
Champions Leeds will hope to further cement a top-four position as they travel to struggling Salford.
The Rhinos, who have won the title from fifth place in the past two seasons, want to build momentum for the play-offs even though they continue to be hampered by injuries.
Second-rower Brett Delaney and centre Joel Moon are their latest casualties following last week's hard-fought win at bottom side London.
St Helens are also building momentum having risen to fifth on the back of three successive wins.
They will hope to keep the run going as bottom side London visit Langtree Park.