Sep 23 2013
Warrington captain Adrian Morley admits his side's recent dominance over Huddersfield was a factor behind his club's decision to select them as their Super League play-off semi-final opponents.
The Giants have lost three times already this year to the Wolves but the veteran front rower insists his side will not be relying on previous results when the league leaders visit the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Thursday.
"The board thinks we've got a better chance of getting a victory over Huddersfield," said Morley, who will be making his final home appearance for the club ahead of his move to Salford. "We've got a very good record against them.
"We've got to concentrate on preparing well and doing our jobs. You can't look back at past records because that will come back to bite you on the backside.
"It's a different game - there's a lot more at stake than there was in the other encounters - so we're going to prepare well and hopefully put a performance in that's worthy of us getting to Manchester."
The decision to pick Huddersfield, rather than reigning champions Leeds, was taken by the Warrington board, according to chairman Stephen Broomhead, who therefore spared any embarrassment for coach Tony Smith, who has made no secret of his contempt for the controversial ClubCall.
However, it may cost the former England coach a hefty fine for the Rugby Football League took a dim view of his absence from the ClubCall announcement for the second successive year and will today decide whether to refer the matter to its compliance unit for investigation.
Smith has labelled the concept a gimmick and argues it gives the chosen team extra motivation to prove the choosers wrong.
Leeds, who were chosen in each of the last two seasons before going on to win the Grand Final, will meet Wigan in the second semi-final at the DW Stadium on Friday.
The tie is a repeat of the inaugural Grand Final in 1998, which was won by the Warriors, although the Challenge Cup winners lost 20-6 at home to the Rhinos in their most recent meeting earlier this month.