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RugbyL: Huddersfield out to prove credentials


David Faiumu insists Huddersfield Giants belong in the Super League top four, and a trip to St Helens on Friday is the perfect opportunity to prove their credentials.

The Giants have won five games on the bounce, following a 54-16 thrashing of Bradford Bulls at Magic Weekend on Sunday.

Next they visit St Helens, a side that missed the chance to go top when losing to Warrington Wolves last weekend and came under great scrutiny from their Australian head coach, Nathan Brown, afterwards.

And former North Queensland forward Faiumu is hoping to see Huddersfield, who topped the Super League table last year, carry their momentum into the second half of the season - starting with St Helens.

"They are the games you enjoy being in - they're the big ones that everyone is watching," he said. "That's why you play this sport, to play in those big matches and to test your worth on the big stage.

"We need to be on-song these next few weeks. We need to do all the right things, sort out the little one per cents.

"If our structures are right and we stick to our gameplans, and do them to the best of our abilities, then we'll go well.

"We need to stay in the top four, and we'll do whatever we can to stay there. That's our aim - stay within the reach of the top teams."

Magic Weekend - at the Etihad Stadium - was a great success for the Giants and Faiumu is hoping to channel the emotions of last weekend into the next few weeks.

"I love it," added the 31-year-old. "It creates an atmosphere, makes you feel special. Everyone's watching and you can put on a big show.

"You know you're in a big game when you've got all the fans getting into it, singing and dancing.

"Throughout the week everything's sharp, everyone knows it's a big one, and that's how the Super League should be."

Wakefield Wildcats host Warrington Wolves on Sunday after suffering a 50-12 reversal at the hands of Castleford Tigers last weekend - Australian wing Justin Carney got two more tries in a productive season for the Tigers.

However, former Brisbane Storm prop Scott Anderson is adamant Wakefield - above only London Broncos and Bradford in the table - can find some form.

"Warrington will be another tough game, but like I said before the past two weeks we played really well and strung together a good bit of quality," he said.

"Hopefully we can get back to training and try to regain momentum. Momentum's such a big thing in football, so we'll knuckle down to do that."

Castleford are also in action on Sunday, with Widnes Vikings coming to town, and Kiwi back Jake Webster believes the visitors' 30-24 victory over Salford Red Devils last weekend is a stern warning.

"We're not a finished product by any means," said Webster.

"Widnes will be tough for sure, they proved it on Saturday. They had a fair few injuries, they were playing with 14 or 15 men for most of the game.

"So we'll need to be on our game again, it'll be another big challenge."

Fixtures (all times GMT)

Thursday May 22

Salford Red Devils v Wigan Warriors (1900)

Friday May 23

Leeds Rhinos v Hull FC, St Helens v Huddersfield Giants (both 1900)

Saturday May 24

Catalan Dragons v Bradford Bulls (1300)

Sunday May 25

Hull KR v London Broncos, Wakefield Wildcats v Warrington Wolves (both 1400), Castleford Tigers v Widnes Vikings (1430)