Ratchford wary of Giants
England international not underestimating Huddersfield
Last Updated: July 12, 2012 3:04pm
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Warrington Wolves utility player Stefan Ratchford insists his team-mates will not be underestimating the Huddersfield Giants in Sunday's Challenge Cup semi-final.
The Wolves are the favourites to progress to Wembley and set up a final against Wigan or Leeds with Huddersfield in woeful form in recent months.
A run of seven defeats in eight Stobart Super League outings has seen the Giants slump from top spot into seventh position 10 points behind leaders Wigan.
"We've got to stay grounded on this one. It's knock-out rugby, so you've got to win. It's win or bust this weekend."
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Former Salford man Ratchford is pleased to be playing in the sport's big games, although he knows Tony Smith's Wolves cannot allow the occasion to get the better of them.
The 23-year-old England international is fully aware Huddersfield have the talent to cause an upset on Sunday and is expecting Nathan Brown's men to be back on song.
"This was one of the main reasons that I came to the club, to play in these big games and hopefully the finals," Ratchford told the club's official website.
"We've got to stay grounded on this one. It's knock-out rugby, so you've got to win. It's win or bust this weekend.
"We know that with the way we've been playing and the form that we're in, if we turn up and play like we have been doing then we're pretty confident we can get the win but it's going to be a tough ask and a tough game.
"They haven't been playing too well at the moment, but we know what type of team Huddersfield are and what they are capable of on their day, so we've got to prepare and expect that Huddersfield are going to bring their A game.
"We're fully expecting to play the team they were at the beginning of the season, when they were top of Super League and beating everybody."