Lucky for some, week 13 is upon us and for a select few, if not most, luck is something that the Super League clubs are in desperate need of.
A new month and perhaps it’s time for life to change for clubs but of course, that can only be down to them as to whether the strugglers can resurrect their season whereas others aim to continue their success.
Huddersfield Giants Vs Castleford Tigers
Kicking things off is an all West Yorkshire affair as struggling Huddersfield Giants take on the ferocious Castleford Tigers.
The Giants receive some positive news as Sam Rapira and Nathan Mason return from injury, plus Gene Ormsby had been drafted in for International Jermaine McGillvary.
The Tigers meanwhile have made four changes as Ben Roberts is out injured plus trio Luke Gale, Zak Hardaker and Mike McMeeken are on International duty, meaning the likes of Kevin Larroyer and Tom Holmes are set to come in.
A tougher match than most would have anticipated as despite their very different form, such disruption by International can hinder any club.
The Giants may even cause a surprise as they will be buoyed by such a win over Leeds and have retained much of their squad so that momentum may continue.
Danny Brough and Ryan Hinchcliffe will need to lead by example again but even then, against such formidable opposition will be difficult, even on home soil.
The Tigers have been superb all season and have taken complete performances to oust them thus far, something the Giants have arguably been incapable of.
However, it may come this weekend as the Tigers are in a drastic transitional period and as seen this season, they can come unstuck and with such a shift in their squad required, it could be too much once again.
Rangi Chase will be their ‘go to’ man but Paul McShane will have to step up to the duty of scrum-half once more.
The Tigers still have experience in the back line and in their forward pack that should be enough to see them home.
The match should be nip/tuck throughout but Castleford still have too much quality to see them home.
They have stronger and faster personnel in the majority of the playing positions which will eventually overwhelm the Giants.