It’s finally here, the infamous Easter Period, where all 12 clubs in the Super League are set to do battle twice within less than a week.
Now many love all of the action, though it can take a toll on the players, to come out of such a period on top with maximum points just earns them further plaudits!
The table is shaping up nicely but this is where things could take an unspeakable turn as the clubs prepare to do battle, let’s see how they will fare in part one!
Huddersfield Giants Vs Catalan Dragons
First up is a meeting between Huddersfield and Catalan at the John Smith’s Stadium, brought forward to accommodate the football on Good Friday.
Forget David Wagner, this is where Rick Stone’s revolution might kick in as the Giants aim to kick start their season properly.
It may come as Jake Mamo is set for his debut after recovering from injury, as do experienced duo Leroy Cudjoe and Tom Symonds.
Their visitors will have similar thoughts in mind though, following a return to winning ways last week.
Catalan have made three changes from their win over Leigh as Thomas Bosc and Paul Seguier come in plus Lambert Belmas is set for a Super League debut.
The Dragons did surprise a few with their win last week, having shrugged off their frustration of being unable to field a consistent team together.
However, they could be undone this week as Huddersfield will be eager to back up last week’s heroic draw at St Helens with a win on home soil.
The return of the aforementioned trio is important, adding to an already strong line-up.
Danny Brough, Lee Gaskell and Ryan Hinchcliffe need to step up by example as pivots to lead their side around.
Catalan also have a first choice selection of such players in Luke Walsh, Richie Myler and Bosc, all of whom are superb at kicking and support play.
Then to look at the forward packs and both seem even, an interesting match will be Sam Rapira up against Sam Moa.
That being the pick, this one should be close but the Dragons’ transition of fielding two virtually unknown players may hinder them.
Yes, they’ll be eager but may get caught out on a big stage and the Giants should take full advantage.
Huddersfield will need to rely on their attack more as the Dragons’ defence, let’s face it, has not been that solid this season.
So going for the experience and less transition in Huddersfield here but make no mistake, it’ll be a tight affair.