Giants seek to end Halliwell hoodoo

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25th September 2013

The Halliwell Jones Stadium has provided a backdrop for nothing but heartbreak for Huddersfield over the last two years but Giants scrum-half Luke Robinson reckons it would be a fitting venue for their finest hour.

Huddersfield, who go to Warrington Wolves in the first Super League play-off semi-final tomorrow night, have already lost twice there this season and suffered a 47-0 whitewash at the ground in the 2011 play-offs.

Robinson expected the Wolves to select the Giants in last Sunday's ClubCall event and believes the Yorkshiremen will rise to the challenge.

"I wasn't surprised they picked us because we've beaten every side this year apart from them, so from their point of view they're thinking that is going to continue and from our point of view we're thinking it's not," Robinson said.

"Personally - and I think the rest of the lads will agree - it's a great stage to end that record against us. For us it's a totally different game, it's a semi-final, it's knock-out rugby and anybody can beat anybody.

"All four teams are there for a reason, we have just got to go out there confident and get the job done."

After finishing top of the league for the first time for 81 years and handing out a 76-18 thrashing to Hull FC in the preliminary semi-finals a week ago, Huddersfield are now hoping go all the way to a maiden Grand Final and Robinson, who scored four tries against the Black and Whites, admits they do not need any extra motivation from ClubCall.

"I'll be honest, if you need motivating for a semi-final of the Super League and you're 80 minutes away from going to Old Trafford and playing in front of up to 70,000 people, then you shouldn't be playing in sport," Robinson said. "I don't think we need any more motivation than that.

"We know that we've put a lot of hard work into this year. We've got a spring in our step and we're looking forward to Warrington. Confidence has never been higher."

Huddersfield are set to be unchanged, while Warrington have former Huddersfield full-back Brett Hodgson and England scrum-half Richie Myler returning from injury.

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