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Byline: Chris Roberts Rugby League Writer

GIANTS coach Paul Anderson is confident his side can become only the second team to defeat leaders Leeds in 2015 as the best attack in Super League goes up against the best defence.

Anderson's miserly Giants defence has conceded just 174 points in 12 games so far, while the free-scoring Rhinos go into tonight's derby at the John Smith's Stadium averaging more than 36 points a match.

"We've got a lot of confidence in our defence and a lot of confidence in each other and that definitely helps," Anderson said. "You can tell the boys are out there enjoying themselves.

"There's a togetherness and a camaraderie between them and it always helps, when teams are challenging, that you know your teammates are going to have your back."

While Leeds conceded a double to Warrington in their last outing, Huddersfield continued their mid-season revival with an impressive 24-4 win over Hull at the KC Stadium to climb up to fourth place, eight points behind the pacesetters.

That followed the convincing 38-14 home win over Catalans Dragons the week before, with Anderson challenging his players to maintain the improvement.

"We have to complete our sets and keep the ball like we did on Friday," said Anderson, whose side lost 28-24 to the Rhinos at Headingley in February. "Leeds are a team that are going to challenge you.

"Most teams give you opportunities and when Leeds give you opportunities, you've got to take them.

"There might only be three or four in a game and you've got to be clinical enough to take them, especially in the big games.

"What we have to do is start well. We were 18-0 down in the game at Leeds before we knew what was happening.

"We showed a lot of character to get back in front but we probably gave ourselves too much to do."

The outcome will inevitably come down to a battle of the packs, the highlight of which promises to be the front-row duel between Huddersfield's long-serving Eorl Crabtree, who yesterday signed a two-year contract extension, and Craig Huby up against the evergreen Jamie Peacock and exciting Australian arrival Adam Cuthbertson.

Huby's clash with Cuthbertson is the battle of the bearded ball-handlers but the former Castleford favourite is especially looking forward to locking horns once more with Peacock, who will leave for the role of football manager at Hull KR after this season.

"He's a great player, is Jamie, and still going strong at his age," Huby said. "It's always a battle that I look forward to.

"He could go for another two or three years but I'm quite glad he's not! Adam Cuthbertson is doing a great job for them as well so that's another player for me to look out for.

"They have got a big pack rolling forward and some very quick outside backs that can challenge you if you're taking a breather in the middle, that's why they're sat at the top because they have been the most consistent team.

"In the last game against them we weren't too far away. We have just got to keep working hard and keep turning up for each other, like we have done the last couple of weeks, especially in our defence which has been pretty solid all year."

Giants: Grix, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, Murphy, Brough, Crabtree, Huby, Hughes, Lawrence, Kopczak, Wood, Ta'ai, Broughton, Mullally, Ellis, Connor, Cox, Leeming. Rhinos: Hardaker, Watkins, Moon, McGuire, Burrow, Aiton, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, S Ward, Delaney, Achurch, Cuthbertson, Sutcliffe, Singleton, Keinhorst, Mulhern, Handley.

Referee: Richard Silverwood. Video referees: Steve Ganson and Ben Thaler.


Craig Kopczak and Ukuma Ta'ai show the sort of defence the Giants will require to keep Leeds Rhinos - and |Jamie Peacock - at bay in tonight's Super League XX clash at the John Smith's Stadium
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 30, 2015
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