By Nathan Findlay –
Huddersfield Giants head to the Leigh Sports Village Stadium to face the Leigh Centurions in the Betfred Super League on Sunday 23 May. 3 pm KO.
The Clarent and Golds will be hoping to keep up their good run of form and secure a third win on the trot.
Head Coach Ian Watson has named an unchanged side for the match this weekend, given the strong performance against Warrington last week.
The big win against the Wolves proved to be a challenging game for the Giants as expected.
However, the game started off brilliantly for Huddersfield, gaining a massive 20 point lead before halftime.
Warrington pushed back hard in the second half, dominating the scoreboard, and after just 20 minutes, the Wolves had nearly brought the game even.
Huddersfield managed to fend off the attack however and gave themselves a bit of breathing room with a try and penalty goal to give them the win at 26-20.
The Giants are looking to be on good form now and we can clearly see a massive improvement in the team and how they have adapted so far this season.
Leigh are currently struggling at the bottom of the Super League table, having lost every game they’ve played thus far this season.
The Centurions are going to be hunting for a win to try and pull themselves away from their current form and try and get themselves back on track for the duration of the season.
The last time that Huddersfield and Leigh matched up was only a month ago in round three of the Rugby League Challenge Cup. Huddersfield were victorious this time and advanced to the quarter-finals.
This game will be a good chance for Leigh to look back onto what they did wrong in the cup and see if a change of tactics can improve their chances.
One player that has stood out to me from Leigh so far is Ryan Brierley. This player has managed to get himself a couple of tries so far this season already, despite the disappointing results that Leigh are picking up through the season. This is a player who is certainly going to be someone I am keeping an eye out for at the weekend.
As an aside, there is also some exciting news for rugby league fans. This weekend will be the first time that fans will be allowed in stadiums across the country for the first time in over a year following the easing of restrictions on Monday.
While places are limited, the Leigh Centurions have said that the Giants fans will be welcome to attend the match at the Leigh Sports Village as visiting supporters.
This of course is great news as fans will soon be able to visit the John Smith’s Stadium to support the Giants and get behind the boys on the field when they next play at home.
This is a massive step for not only Huddersfield Giants but for Rugby League, being able to put people back into stadiums more comfortably after such a long time will be a huge improvement for sport in the UK.
This is going to be another good chance for Huddersfield to get another win here and to keep this momentum going. Although Leigh are in a tough position right now, I still do not think that this is going to be an easy game for Huddersfield.
Leigh are going to be pushing even harder now for a win in the Super League, so this is going to be something that Huddersfield Giants need to consider this weekend.
The coach keeping the squad unchanged shows the faith he has in the players, and we will see if it pays off.