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Warrington Wolves' record against Huddersfield Giants offers little comfort to Poching
WOLVES’ first team coach Willie Poching has warned against complacency ahead of Warrington Wolves’ play-off semi final against Huddersfield Giants on Thursday, kick off 8pm.
Wolves may have beaten the League Leaders’ Shield holders three times this season - a fact which influenced the board’s decision according to Chairman Steven Broomhead - but Poching knows those results offer Warrington few guarantees for next week’s clash.
“It was going to be a tough game regardless of who the board had chosen,” he said.
“Our record against Huddersfield may have come into a little bit, but not too much.
“We find ourselves playing knockout rugby and you have to be good on the day, regardless of what has happened in the past.
“We learned that from our cup games this year and we have to have that mentality this week.
“Those wins are all left behind us now, we have to be at our peak to beat a team that will be more than ready to give us a huge fight.”
Wolves will hope to offer more of a challenge to Paul Anderson’s men than Hull FC managed in the preliminary semi final, which Giants won 76-18 at The John Smiths Stadium on Thursday.
A sorry-looking Hull side may have offered little resistance to Huddersfield’s march into the final four, but Poching saw enough to be wary of the threat Giants pose to Wolves’ quest for a second consecutive Grand Final appearance.
“Their win against Hull showed that they are in very good form,” he said.
“Hull are no mugs and while they were below their best Huddersfield played some very good rugby and they will arrive full of confidence.
“They are also the league leaders, the most consistent team in the competition, so that is another reason why they will arrive full of confidence.”
But Wolves will also be flying high after their opening week play-off victory against reigning champions Leeds Rhinos, who will face Wigan Warriors in the other semi final at The DW Stadium on Friday.
“You hope to be confident at this time of year and our guys should be happy with where they are mentally and physically,” said Poching.
“One of the reasons you want to get that early win is to get the week off, so we've been able to rest some bodies.
“Everybody is switched on and they have worked hard in the last six or seven months to get to this point, so we are not going to let up now.”
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