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Lolesi foresees Huddersfield Giant steps

By David Jordan 15/04/2010 10:47:09 AM Comments (0)

Former Canberra and Canterbury back Jamahl Lolesi insists the Huddersfield Giants must deliver silverware before they can claim to be one of Super League's big-boys.

The high-flying Giants begin their quest for a return to Wembley this weekend when they host Hull KR in the fourth round of English rugby league's Challenge Cup.

Huddersfield were beaten in the final by Warrington in August but ex-Wests Tigers fullback Brett Hodgson scooped the Man of Steel award, Nathan Brown was named coach of the year and the Giants were honoured as club of the year.

However, Lolesi reckons those plaudits will count for nothing if Huddersfield don't win a trophy in the near future.

"We aren't far off being classed as a top side - no other club has had the Man of Steel, Coach of the Year and Club of the Year in one season," said Lolesi, who has won two caps for New Zealand.

"But what we need now is a bit of silverware and you'd put us amongst the top two or three clubs in the Super League.

"We've got a great infrastructure here and if we can make that next step up in the next year or two then there's no doubt we will be looked upon as one of the top clubs.

"After losing last year it really spurs me on to go one better - I really want to win something whilst I am over here with the club.

"I've been here a while now and we've really developed as a club.

"With the young players we have got mixed in with quality experienced players, I think we are building something very special."

Meanwhile former Australia international Craig Fitzgibbon has vowed to rise to the occasion when he makes his Challenge Cup debut in Hull's clash with Leeds.

The 32-year-old loose-forward missed Sunday's 46-30 Super League defeat by the Rhinos at Headingley but has handed the Black and Whites a boost by passing himself fit for the KC Stadium encounter.

"The importance of the game and the cup is not lost on me and it would be enormous for me to play at Wembley," said Fitzgibbon.

"When you first arrive, the derby game is thrown at you and then it is the Challenge Cup, so you soon realise it is a huge thing for everyone over here.

"The players are talking about it, the fans are talking about it and it is easy to see what it means to everyone."

Wakefield will be able to call on the services of former Sydney Rooster Michael Korkidas for their all-Super League clash with rock-bottom Harlequins after the prop was let off with a caution following a high tackle on the Crusaders' Ben Flower last weekend.

There was no such luck for defending champions Warrington, with head coach Tony Smith confirming Great Britain international Garreth Carvell will miss the visit of second-tier Championship leaders Featherstone.

Under-pressure Castleford boss Terry Matterson could recall ex-St George five-eighth Rangi Chase for the clash with Championship high-flyers Barrow after dropping him for disciplinary reasons for the trip to Huddersfield.

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