Last night it seemed Huddersfield had one eye on the Challenge Cup Final against Wigan.
They struggled against the league’s bottom club even trailing 16-6 midway through the second half as Toulouse came within inches of a first away win in Super League.
It wasn’t to be as the Giants clawed back level before a Jack Cogger drop goal proved the difference with Giants fans breathing a huge sigh of relief before turning their attention to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and a date with Wigan for the oldest trophy in rugby league.
However, not everyone linked with the Giants would have been relieved with Oliver Russell having to leave the field after 22 minutes due to a hamstring issue.
It puts his place in the final – which was surely close to being nailed on after such a strong start to 2022 – in major doubt.
Making this worse, fellow halfback Theo Fages faces a race against time to be fit for the final with the Giants set to start preparations for the final by training with Cogger and Will Pryce in the halves.
The final could be Pryce’s first game in two months after he received a mammoth ban for a dangerous tackle on Hull FC’s Connor Wynne before Easter.