By William Maxwell and Ryan Stewart
Leeds Rhinos face off against local rivals Huddersfield Giants for the second consecutive week, this time in the challenge cup.
Both sides have had disappointing campaigns thus far, with both the Rhinos and Giants languishing at the bottom of the Super League.
The Rhinos, who are the reigning Challenge Cup champions for two years running, lost the previous encounter between these two clubs last week 28-20 at Huddersfield, although they were without 10 players due to injury.
Key players such as Ryan Hall, Danny Maguire, Carl Ablett and Tom Briscoe have been among the lengthy injury list for the Rhinos this season and have been sorely missed from the team as this has contributed to the teams’ bottom half league position. However, Tom Briscoe has been named in the squad for tonight’s game, which will be a major boost.
Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington believes that “the Rugby League needs to work together to discover why so many injuries are occurring and ways in which to stop them.”
Fans outside the Headingley Carnegie stadium were in quite optimistic spirits despite the recent league results.
“We have a very good history in this tournament and I believe that even though we have struggled in the league this year, we will come out on top this weekend” said 19 year old James Button, from Headingley.
“I am quite excited for the game” said 22 year old Cameron Pugh, also from Headingley. “After his great performance last week, it will be great to see Luke Briscoe play his second game in two years for us. His brother Tom is also back in the squad which is a big boost for our chances and in improving our season”.
The match will be played at 8:00pm tonight at Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium.