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Giants fear nobody now, says Hodgson

By Howard Lloyd 19/09/2010 10:57:14 AM Comments (0)

Former Wests Tigers fullback Brett Hodgson believes Huddersfield will continue to thrive on their underdog status when they play for a place in the Super League Grand Final next weekend.

St Helens will choose who they play - either the Giants or bitter rivals Wigan - in the semi-finals at the controversial Club Call event.

Huddersfield, who finished fifth in the league standings, stunned Warrington with a 34-22 victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

The visitors led 23-0 at half time but doubles from Mickey Higham and Chris Hicks ensured Warrington hit back in the second half.

Leroy Cudjoe's interception try sealed the win for the Giants and although Hodgson, who kicked 12 points, is convinced Saints will pick the Giants in the final four, he insists they will fear no-one after producing one of the upsets of the season against the Wolves.

"We were underdogs against Warrington and we'll be underdogs next week whoever we play," said Hodgson, who will join the Wolves during the off-season.

"We're pretty sure that Saints will pick us because Wigan finished top and are their rivals.

"But that doesn't bother us. We showed against Warrington that it doesn't matter who we play - this is play-off rugby and anything can happen.

"We started really well but let them come into the game in the second half - I think we need to learn how to dominate games when we are in front.

"I'm sure we'll speak about that with (coach) Nathan Brown in the week and be ready for the semis."

Departing hooker Mark Riddell insists Wigan are still the team to beat in the semi-finals after they reached the final four at the second time of asking.

The Warriors - who picked up the League Leaders' shield at the end of the regular season - were far too strong for Hull KR with Pat Richards scoring 18 points in a 42-18 rout.

Michael Maguire's men slipped to a 27-26 defeat to Leeds last weekend with Richards missing a last minute penalty to win the game.

But Riddell - who is returning to Australia at the end of the season - said: "St Helens can choose who they like in the semi-finals - it won't make much of a difference to us.

"It's out of our hands so there is no need to speculate. We did what we needed to do and we managed to put the disappointment of last weekend behind us.

"I really want to end my time at Wigan on a high and get through to the Grand Final at Old Trafford."

Rovers had taken an early lead through Peter Fox and Ben Cockayne but couldn't stop the Wigan juggernaut after the interval and coach Justin Morgan admitted they were beaten by the better side.

"Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up," said the Australian.

"When you are in the play-offs, every week is the Grand Final and it was always going to be a tough game. I'm proud of my boys though. We've improved from last season."

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