Sharp plays down grudge match

Huddersfield Giants Head Coach Jon Sharp played down talk of a grudge match with St Helens at the Galpharm this weekend in his weekly press preview. His team were narrowly beaten by the Saints in the Powergen Challenge Cup three weeks ago in a game remembered as much for the off field controversy regarding referees as the on-field epic. Sharp commented: ?Of course I realise that the fans of both teams will be fired up for this one given our last encounter and it?ll help create a cracking atmosphere. The Saints will travel in their thousands and we need the public of Huddersfield behind us in larger numbers than ever before if they are to out shout the Saints. Much was made before and after the Saints game in respect of the match-ups across the two teams and on that occasion St Helens pipped us to the post. I?m not going to get drawn into any revenge missions or grudge game type talk but will concentrate on getting my players in the best possible condition to play the game. They have got game breakers all over the field so if we are to bounce back from last weeks defeat we will need to be at the very top of our game. We were disappointing last week in terms of the standards we set ourselves so we?ve a great opportunity on our very own turf to return to form.?

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