|It's hard to fathom out what to expect from Fridays opponents
Do we expect a team that was pathetically poor last time it was in
A Giants team that can compete after an unbeaten season in the NFP
Well an 18-14 Challenge Cup lost away at Hunslet, described on our
Huddersfield sister site
fartowners.co.uk as "The worst Giants
performance EVER!", certainly suggests they are up for a struggle this
But the same site says the 20-8 loss they suffered against Warrington
in Super League VIII Round 1 did produce some "genuine grounds for
It maybe have been better to have gotten them later in the season so
we'd know what to expect. But one thing is for sure, the can't possibly
be any worse than last time they played at this level, can they?
In their four previous Super League campaigns they finished rock
bottom each time and managed to accumulate less points in those four
years than Gateshead Thunder did in their one and only Super League
In four previous Super League visits to Wigan the Giants managed to
score a total of 16 points compared to our 187 points. That stat alone
showed the gulf between the two sides. Only time will tell if
Huddersfield have managed to close that gap somewhat. I think if they
finish 11th this season there fans will be over the moon!
It will be interesting to see what the attendance will be for Friday
Night's home opener. Fans have hardly been out in force for the Widnes
friendly or the Halton Simms Cross cup tie. Will people come out for
Our previous first league home game of the season attendances, since
moving to the JJB, have been 11,200 (v Leeds 2000), 11,138 (v Warrington
2001) & 14,170 (v Bradford 2002).
Obviously you can really compare Huddersfield to those sides but all
three of those games where on Sky TV, so for me anything less than 9,000
would be a really poor crowd. Ideally we should be getting at least
10,000+ every game but we do not live in an ideal world. Super League
officials are expecting record-breaking aggregate attendances for a
super league round this weekend so it would be nice if we could make a
decent contribution to that. Get down the JJB and help maybe achieve it!
Good to see Ricky Bibey back for this match. Not only will his return
take pressure of the second rowers who have had to prop during his and
Terry O'Connor's absence, but he'll also give much needed back up to
Craig Smith and Danny Sculthorpe who have both impressed me so far this
season. Smith has finally shaken off the ankle injury that dogged him
all last season and his performances on the field prove it. He was
rightly so named man on the match on our
site poll for the Doncaster trip and
when we get Terry O back fit we'll be looking pretty good in the prop
For me it's imperative that we send out a message to our rivals this
year and give the Giants an good spanking. We've got Hull, Saints, Leeds
and Bradford to play in April so we've got to rack up the points in
March or else we'll be could be faced with one hard slog of a season.
I think the Giants will compete for a while but in the end class will
dominate and we'll win comfortably.
Opposition One to Watch
The winger scored a try in the Giants
first league game against Warrington and was top try scorer in the
NFP last year with 24.
He also scored a try when the Giants last visited the JJB back in