Super League: Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson confident against Hull
Last Updated: 19/09/13 12:30am
Huddersfield boss hoping for big reaction
Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson is confident the Super League table-toppers will be able to raise their game when they host Hull on Thursday night.
The Giants finished top of the league for the first time for 81 years but five of their last six matches were all against teams who finished outside the top eight which Anderson admitted left them badly exposed going into the play-offs.
A poor, below-par performance saw Anderson's men end up 22-8 losers to Wigan in the opening home qualifying semi-final
But they have a second chance to reach the semi-finals when facing the Black and Whites at John Smith's Stadium.
"We were under-done going into that game," Anderson said. "If you look at the last month of football that we've had, the biggest game we had probably Wigan away.
"No disrespect to the people that we played but, in terms of getting ready for play-off rugby, it probably wasn't the best we could have had."
The Giants were outplayed by Wigan after being level at 8-8 at the break but Anderson is confident of a big improvement against Hull.
"We'll be better for that game," he added. "It was a real good, intense game of rugby.
"If you look at all the games in the play-offs, I reckon that was the most intense.
"The consistency we've shown all year has given us another opportunity. We know we've to win three games to be champions, which was the position before the Wigan game."
Anderson has a full-strength squad to select from after forward Ukuma Ta'ai recovered from a badly-split lip sustained in the defeat at Bradford 10 days ago and has been named in Huddersfield's 19-man squad.
Hull have prop forward Andy Lynch back for his first match since being injured in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley last month but centre Ben Crooks is still sidelined with ankle trouble.
You can watch Huddersfield v Hull live on Sky Sports 1HD at 8pm on Thursday