Huddersfield will be looking to keep within recent tradition as they take on Wigan Warriors on Friday, who haven’t won at the home of the Giants since 2012.
An evaluation of Huddersfield’s Magic Weekend fixture will be dependent upon which half of the game a person gives most weight to.
The result, a draw, was perhaps the most fair, with the Giants leading 16-0 at half time, ultimately losing the second half to opponents Catalans Dragons 22-6, resulting in a 22-22 draw.
It was a result which both sides viewed to be a point lost, with Giants coach Paul Anderson saying his side was “pathetic in the second half”. Indeed, it took a last minute Jermaine McGillvary try and touchline conversion from Danny Brough, after the fulltime siren, to salvage the point.
A side who put in a polar opposite performance to that of the Huddersfield Giants was Wigan Warriors who, on the back of a 58-16 drumming from Catalans the week previous, stepped up against top of the table Leeds Rhinos.
The Warriors put in one of their finer performances of the campaign thus far, winning away from the DW Stadium for only the second time; the sole other occasion being against the bottom side Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
Though they led early, Leeds struck back with two tries, and Wigan were forced to come from behind to ultimately win 27-12.
History is on the side of the Giants, who have “done the double” over the Warriors for the past two seasons, but lost both years to the same side in their playoff campaigns. But Wigan have already defeated Huddersfield earlier in the season and must be made favourites to secure their first double win over the Giants since 2011.
The fact that they not only defeated Leeds, but ultimately controlled the Rhinos, and made the most successful halfback pairing in Super League history seem, at times, ordinary at best, paired with the way in which Huddersfield fell apart in the second half of their tie against Catalans warrants a strong favourite for the visiting side.
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