SECURING a place in the Super League semi-finals as early as possible is “really important” for Warrington Wolves, head coach Steve Price says.

The Wire have the opportunity to do just that when they face Huddersfield Giants – the only team that can realistically snatch their top-four spot – at the Halliwell Jones Stadium tomorrow, Friday, kick off 7.45pm.

A Warrington win will mathematically ensure they will be in the four-team shoot-out for a place in the Super League Grand Final on October 13 alongside St Helens, Wigan Warriors and Castleford Tigers with three Super 8s games to spare.

Price has warned his side not to read too much into the Giants’ shock 42-16 home defeat to Wakefield Trinity and allow complacency to breed.

“It’s really important that we secure ourselves as soon as we can,” Price told the Guardian.

“We want to make sure we’re a top-four club and give ourselves a chance to push for that Super League title.

“The big games are coming now and this is why we play the game and put all the hard work in throughout the year.

“Huddersfield have been playing some really good football of late.

“They are actually quite a dangerous team and have made a fair amount of inroads since Simon (Woolford, Giants head coach) has taken over.

“They are playing a really strong brand of football, but we are playing for a lot on Friday night.

“We need to get off to a good start and control the attitude we bring to the game.

“The boys are really looking forward to these bigger games.”

The Wire come into the game on the back of their 80-10 demolition of Hull FC last Thursday – a record Super League defeat for the Black and Whites – as they provided the perfect response to their Challenge Cup Final defeat just five days earlier.

However, Price says his squad will have no problems keeping their feet on the ground and has challenged them to maintain that level of performance.

Should any players drop below standards, the Wire boss says there are any one of a number of players that are ready, willing and able to come in and take their place.

“We’ve got a number of quality players fighting for our top 17,” he said.

“That’s invaluable for us to have at the business end of the season.

“I’m really proud of how the guys rebounded from the disappointment of the week before.

“They maintained the rage and never went away from the plan.

“It just shows what type of people we have in our organisation.

“The challenge is to maintain that level of consistency and keep improving.

“Last week was a hard week for all involved. Everyone was hurting but in hindsight, the short turnaround probably worked in our favour.

“Our senior players and half-backs will make sure we stay at it and replicate it.”