Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson helped celebrate his club’s first league triumph for 81 years and then immediately set his sights on landing the big prize.
The Giants’ 40-0 win over Wakefield in the last match of the penultimate round of Super League fixtures secured them the league leaders shield for the first time.
It was not just Huddersfield’s first silverware of the Super League era but the first time they have topped the league since 1932.
“I know what it means to the club,” Anderson said. “We’ve joined an elite band. There’s Wigan, Leeds, Saints, Bradford and Warrington who have finished top of the league and we add ourselves to that group.
“It’s a real proud achievement and I’m hoping Huddersfield have brought a bit of romance back to the league leaders’ shield.”
With skipper Danny Brough pulling the strings against the Wildcats, the Giants dominated the game from start to finish, with second rower Jason Chan and winger Jermaine McGillvary both scoring two tries.
Huddersfield round off their league campaign at Bradford on Saturday before starting their play-off campaign with a home tie against Leeds or Wigan, who meet on Thursday to decide third place in the table.
Anderson allowed his players to celebrate their trophy triumph with champagne but warns the assault on Old Trafford will begin this week.
“I’ll tell them on Monday or Tuesday but they know that to be fair,” he said.
“They were saying it’s all a bit surreal celebrating so much when you know you’ve still got something else to play for.
“They’re a real level-headed, feet-on-the-ground group of people. We’ll enjoy this and then dust ourselves down for what’s coming next.”