Huddersfield Giants 'believe' in Grand Final aim - John Kear

Jermaine McGillvary, Jack Hughes and Jamie Ellis
Jermaine McGillvary (l) took his tally to 25 in Super League with four tries against Warrington.

Huddersfield Giants have the belief to reach and win the Super League Grand Final this season, says Wales and Batley coach John Kear.

Giants have finished in the top three in the last two seasons, winning the League Leaders' Shield, but are yet to make the showpiece final.

"I think they do (believe they can win), there's a growing confidence," Kear told the BBC Super League Show.

"I've been impressed by Huddersfield's season."

Four wins from five in the Super 8s Super League series have lifted Paul Anderson's side to third in the table.

"Whereas they've seemed to peak a third of the way through the season before, this time they've built steadily and are playing some great rugby league," Kear said.

"They've gone under the radar but they've been doing the job very efficiently."

One of the key factors in Huddersfield's season so far has been their defensive record, which is the best in the division.

Play-off woes
2014: Qualifying play-off: Wigan 57-4 Huddersfield; Preliminary semi-final: Huddersfield 16-18 Catalans
2013: Qualifying play-off: Huddersfield 8-22 Wigan; Preliminary semi-final: Huddersfield 76-18 Hull FC; Qualifying semi-final: Warrington 30-22 Huddersfield
2012: Elimination play-offs: Hull FC 46-10 Huddersfield
2011: Qualifying play-off: Warrington 47-0 Huddersfield; Preliminary semi-final: Huddersfield 28-34 Leeds
2010: Elimination play-offs: Huddersfield 18-12 Crusaders; Preliminary semi-final: Warrington 22-34 Huddersfield; Qualifying semi-final: St Helens 42-22 Huddersfield

However, the Giants, marshalled by Danny Brough and Jamie Ellis in the halves, have also shown their attacking threat with 162 points in five games since the split - more than Leeds, Wigan and Saints.

Jermaine McGillvary with 25 tries leads the scoring charts while Aaron Murphy has 17.

"They've got the best defence in Super League and they've got some attacking threat on the flanks," Kear added.

"They're a good attacking force, they've grown in confidence, and I think they really fancy their chances on the top four play-off chances."

"They're building, to beat Warrington at this stage of the season you'd think they're getting it right at this stage of the season."

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