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I'm ready to tame pack of Wolves says Mason.

Byline: CHRIS ROBERTS

KEITH MASON is ready to show his three-game suspension has been a blessing in disguise.

The Giants' front-row enforcer returns to action in tomorrow's massive play-off Preliminary Semi-final at Challenge Cup winners Warrington (6.15).

It will be Mason's first game since the 18-16 victory at minor champions Wigan a month ago, when the 28-year-old picked up his ban for stamping on the calf of Warriors prop Stuart Fielden.

It was a punishment Mason found hard to accept, but the former St Helens prop admits the extra three weeks' rest has freshened him up and increased his desire to make a major impact against the big Warrington pack on Sky TV tomorrow.

"I was really disappointed it was three games," revealed Mason. "After all, I didn't throw any punches or anything like that. But I've taken it on the chin. It's gone now and the important thing is that I've learned my lesson and don't intend to put myself in a position like that again.

"And, looking back on it now, I do genuinely believe it could prove a blessing in disguise. I've had my fair share of injuries this season and, when you take the suspension into account, there have obviously been more downs than ups this year.

"But this latest break through the ban has really freshened me up. I've got overmy knocks 100% and will go into this play-off game tomorrow feeling fitter and fresher than at any other time.

"Hopefully, I'll be able to show that straight away.

"We know it's going to be a big battle in the forwards and that's going to be the key to success.

"I intend to go out there and try and lead from the front."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:Sep 17, 2010
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