Giants have flown under radar says Ben

Wigan's Ben Flower

Wigan's Ben Flower

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BEN Flower reckons Huddersfield have flown into the play-offs under the radar – but says there is no way Wigan will be under-estimating them.

The Warriors are favourites to beat the Giants in tonight’s opening clash of the play-offs.

Home advantage, a strong squad, and back-to-back victories over heavyweights Warrington and Leeds, have swelled confidence in the champions’ ranks.

But the Giants have built up some momentum themselves and are the form team of the top-eight.

They are unbeaten in their last seven Super League matches going back to early July.

The last of those was a gutsy 17-16 victory over table-topping St Helens last week, which saw the Giants finish third in the table – with the same number of points as the Warriors.

And Flower points out that just because others are talking more about the likes of Castleford, Saints and Leeds, they will not make the mistake of disregarding the Giants’ credentials.

“One thing we need to be is in the ball, because not many people are talking about them,” the Welsh enforcer said. They’ve not lost for two months, and in that run they’ve beaten some pretty good teams along the way.

“They turned us over twice this year, we’ve been looking at their plays and they are really good side.

“So we know we’ll need to really turn up and play well to get the win.”

Flower was outstanding in Wigan’s last two victories and, while he has been satisfied with the way he has returned from injury, he reckons he can still reach another notch.

“I’m happy with how I’ve been playing, but I still feel I’ve got more to give,” he said.

“I’ve had two games back from three or four weeks off with injury and I feel I’m finding a bit of form now and that’s what we need. Hopefully I can give the team a bit more.

“Huddersfield have a massive pack and that’s one thing we’ve been talking about, the need to dominate them because they are a big side.”

Shaun Wane is expected to name an unchanged line-up for tonight’s showdown, which kicks-off at 8pm.

Huddersfield are expected to be without captain and talisman Danny Brough.

The winners of tonight’s Sky Sports-televised encounter earn a home semi-final in two weeks, while the losers will be in action next week.

Kick-off is 8pm.