Luke’s key for Giants

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SEAN O’Loughlin believes the smallest man in the Giants ranks poses the biggest threat to their chances of victory tomorrow night.

Luke Robinson has been a revelation since switching to hooker last season, helping Huddersfield climb to second in the ladder.

And with scheming half-back Danny Brough injured, loose-forward O’Loughlin reckons the champions must put the shackles on his former Warriors team-mate, who was one of England’s stand-out performers in the Four Nations last year and against the Exiles earlier this month.

O’Loughlin said: “Luke adds a lot to the team whether he’s at scrum-half or hooker, he’s good around the ruck and his organisation is very good.

“Robbo’s always been a good player and he’s got even better in the last couple of years.

“He’s done really well in the England team. Even when the team has not done too well, he’s really stood up in those games and performed against quality players. What Huddersfield do good comes from him.”

Wigan will leapfrog Nathan Brown’s outfit if they win tomorrow’s Big One 3 showdown.

And they will also be hoping arch-rivals St Helens can do them a favour this evening when they take on Warrington.

A victory for Saints, and a win for Wigan, would see Michael Maguire’s side go top of the ladder with a game in hand.

But O’Loughlin in not taking victory for granted in a game which is expected to draw a crowd of around 20,000, following discounted tickets and an extensive marketing campaign for the Big One 3.

The England Test ace added: “Huddersfield are a good side, they’ve been improving year on year and you only have to look at the ladder to see how well they’ve done this season.

“We had a tough game against them earlier this year and we’re expecting another good game.” As expected Gareth Hock has been named in the 19-man squad.