Siddal on track for a top four Conference finish

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Siddal go into this weekend’s National Conference break on course for a fourth-placed finish after beating West Hull 18-12 at Chevinedge last weekend.

Victory saw Gareth Greenwood’s side leapfrog their visitors and leave themselves in the driving seat for a home opener when the play offs kick off at the end of the month.

“It’s in our own hands now as far as finishing fourth goes,” said Greenwood.

“We’ve got two games to go and if we win them it’s a done deal.

“I don’t think we can go any higher, because that would mean someone above us losing twice, but it would at least mean West Hull coming to us rather than us having to go there.

“We’ll be on the road if we win that one, which always makes it tough.

“But I think if I sat the players down and asked them ‘If we get our best team out and perform, can we we beat any team in this league?’, I think they’d all say ‘Yes’.”

Siddal, who had veteran captain Nick Smith and Danny Williams in fine form, led 18-6 for long periods before Wests grabbed a try back late in the game.

“I don’t think the score really did us justice; I didn’t think we were ever in any danger of losing it,” said Greenwood.

“It was a massive game and the lads came up with the performance.

“I couldn’t have asked for much more from them over the last month.”

Huddersfield have followed up the signing of Australian back rower Chris Bailey with the capture of his London Broncos team-mate Antonio Kaufusi.

The 28-year-old former Queensland State of Origin prop, who played for Australia and represented Tonga in the last World Cup, has signed a two-year deal and will help the Giants plug the gap created by the retirement of Stuart Fielden.

Kaufusi, who has made 49 Super League appearances for the Londoners since joining them two years ago, is the 11th player to confirm his departure from the Broncos, who are yet to announce a single signing for 2014.

The 6ft 3in, 17st 6lb Kaufusi played in two NRL Grand Finals for Melbourne Storm and also had spells with North Queensland and Newcastle before moving to Super League.

“Antonio brings a wealth of experience to the Giants,” Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson said.

“His pedigree is unbelievable.”