McGillvary expects Wolves clash
Jermaine McGillvary is expecting his Huddersfield team to be chosen as Warrington's Super League play-off semi-final opponents on Sunday.
The Giants finished top of the table - for the first time for 81 years - but relinquished the right to ClubCall to second-placed Warrington after losing to Wigan in their opening play-off match.
They bounced back in formidable fashion with a record 76-18 win over Hull in Thursday night's preliminary semi-final at the John Smith's Stadium to join Warrington and Wigan in the last four.
The Wolves will have the option of playing Leeds or St Helens, who finished third and fifth respectively at the end of the regular season, but McGillvary reckons they have already made a decision and Huddersfield's 13-try rout of Hull is unlikely to alter their choice.
"We've played Warrington three times and they have beaten us three times, so all the signs point to the Wolves picking us," McGillvary told the club's website.
"Therefore we need to put those defeats in the past. Either fixture will be tough but we definitely have the ability to get a win."
Warrington's home semi-final will be played at the Halliwell Jones Stadium next Thursday, with Wigan hosting the team not chosen by the Wolves 24 hours later at the DW Stadium.
Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson says he has no preference and is frustrated at having to wait three days to discover his side's next opponents.
"I couldn't care less who we're playing, I'd just like to know now who it is so that we can plan and get things going," Anderson said.
"I think having to wait until Sunday is crackers. You know you're playing Thursday or Friday but are you training Sunday or are you training Monday and when do the players have their day of rest?
"When do I start looking at Wigan or Warrington, watching them for tips and things like that?"
Meanwhile, McGillvary has paid tribute to club captain Danny Brough after the latest heroics in a magnificent season which has earned him a place on the three-man shortlist for the prestigious Man of Steel award.
The Scotland international succeeded with 12 of his 13 conversion attempts against Hull to break the club's long-standing records for goals and points in a season.
"Danny has taken the league by storm this year," McGillvary said. "When your career finishes, you can look back and be proud of playing with people like him. He can put us on the front foot in games and create something from nothing, so as you can imagine, he's great to play with."
Huddersfield, who made the semi-finals under Nathan Brown in 2009, are aiming to become only the seventh club to reach the Grand Final since it was introduced in 1998, although McGillvary says they are not yet looking beyond the semis.
"A lot of players don't get the chance to play in a Grand Final, so it would be good to just get there and to lift the trophy would be immense, but we're not thinking about Old Trafford just yet as we know we are left with a tough away fixture before then, so that is our Grand Final at the moment," he said.