Former London Broncos half-back Chris Thorman takes his in-form Huddersfield side to his old club on Saturday for what he says is their biggest game for a decade.
Three successive wins have lifted the Giants level on points with the Broncos as the race for the sixth engage Super League play-off spot reaches an exciting climax.
There are three rounds of the regular season left and the outcome should become much clearer after the showdown at Griffin Park.
�I think from our point of view, it�s the biggest game the club has had for 10 years,� said Thorman.
�It�s that big. If we don�t win, we�re basically out of the play-offs and that�s not something we want to even think about.
�We would then be two points behind. They�ve got Salford and Widnes left to play and we�ve got Wigan and Bradford. So, if we lose, we�re leaving ourselves a lot to do.�
Huddersfield lost by nine points at Griffin Park six weeks ago but they have struck form at the right time, scoring 150 points in their three matches since that 35-26 defeat, while the Broncos have conceded 94 points in their last two outings.
Thorman insists the Giants have played at a consistently high level all season but admits a victory of any description is crucial.
�We�ve won three on the bounce but I feel we�ve been performing well all year,� said the 24-year-old Huddersfield skipper. �Even when we didn�t get the results, our performances have been good quality.
�But winning is the main thing right now. It doesn�t matter how good the performance is, we�re aiming for the two points to take us another step up the ladder.�
Thorman, a Geordie who began his professional career under John Kear at Sheffield Eagles seven years ago, was London�s leading points-scorer in 2003 with 81 goals and eight tries and, after a spell with Australian club Parramatta last year, has played his way into the initial Great Britain squad for the end-of-season Gillette Tri-Nations Series.
His current points tally of 238 puts him in fourth place in the engage Super League list, just behind former house-mate Paul Sykes of the Broncos, and he is looking forward to renewing a few acquaintances.
�I had a few decent performances there so it�s always nice to go back,� he said.
�It makes a difference when you live with those players as well. I spent a lot of time with the likes of Rob Purdham, Paul Sykes and Neil Budworth, who is unfortunately injured at the moment.
�I still keep in touch with a few of them and I am also pretty close with Tony Rea. I have got lot of respect for Tony, I appreciate his coaching ability.�
If Huddersfield are to maintain their play-off push, Thorman and Paul March will need to get the better of their half-back duel with Australians Mark McLinden and Luke Dorn, who have been two of London�s key performers this year.
Thorman played against former Canberra ace McLinden in the NRL last year but it is the hitherto little-known Dorn who has most caught the eye this season with 19 tries in 24 matches.
�They have both been pretty consistent in attack for them this year,� said Thorman. �They are quite similar players actually, both good on their feet.
�I knew Dorn was at the Roosters and know he�s been at St George Illawarra but Super League maybe suits him a little bit more than the NRL did.
�I�ve been impressed with him this year. Both times I enjoyed playing against him so I�m looking forward to a third time and hopefully I�ll be victorious.�
Huddersfield will be virtually at full strength as they have full-back Paul Reilly and Australian centre James Evans back from injury and will give a late fitness test to prop forward Jim Gannon.
Gannon was initially ruled out for four to six weeks after dislocating a thumb against Warrington earlier this month but will travel with the squad to London. Reilly (rib) and Evans (hamstring) both missed the Giants� 68-16 win over Leigh.
Huddersfield, fresh from a two-day training camp at an RAF base near York, are still without skipper Ben Roarty and winger Stuart Donlan.
London 18-man squad: Armour, Dorn, Lucky Luisi, Lolohea, Wells, Williams, Mbu, Mateo, Trindall, Stephenson, Bradley-Qalilawa, Ablett, Tookey, Hopkins, Smith, Sykes, Haumono, Highton.
Huddersfield 18-man squad: Reilly, O�Hare, Evans, De Vere, Thorman, March, Drew, Gannon, Nero, Gene, S. Jones, Crabtree, Grayshon, White, Jackson, McDonald, Greenwood, St Hilaire.
Referee: R Silverwood
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