Huddersfield out to top Magic Weekend table

Huddersfield could end Sunday as the most successful team in Magic Weekend history.

The Giants have won eight of their 12 games at the annual event, with one draw, and should they beat Hull on Saturday and Wigan lose to Warrington, Huddersfield will go top of the tree in terms of points at Magic Weekend.

It’s an occasion that has fond memories for long-serving back-rower Michael Lawrence, who scored his first ever try for the Giants in 2008.

He said: “We seem to have a great record at Magic Weekend so we’re looking forward to getting out there and backing it up.

“Playing at these big stadiums is always something to look forward to, there’s a lot of history around the place. I follow Huddersfield Town so not had the best time this year in the Premier League, but it’s great to play here.

“Getting the opportunity to play at Magic Weekend in front of big crowds is something to relish. It’s great for the fans as they get to see three games, and it’s a great concept and something many sports don’t have and I think it will continue for a long time.”

Huddersfield are unbeaten in the last six Magic Weekends, winning five and drawing once, with Catalans back in 2015.

Giants results at Magic

2007 – W 36-12 v Wakefield
2008 – L 34-36 v Warrington
2009 – W 40-16 v Crusaders
2010 – L 10-28 v Wigan
2011 – W 28-18 v Warrington
2012 – L 34-38 v Salford
2013 – W 42-6 v Bradford
2014 – W 54-16 v Bradford
2015 – D 22-22 v Catalans
2016 – W 48-20 v St Helens
2017 – W 18-10 v Catalans
2018 – W 25-22 v Wakefield

A win over Hull KR last week put some breathing space between the Giants and the bottom three, and Lawrence insists they are looking up rather than down.

He added: “We’re still looking to get in the top five. Last week was a massive win for us, and one we need to back up this weekend if we want to get in the play-offs.

“We’ve had a tough few years since the end of 2015, but we’re definitely heading in the right direction. We’ve had a big turnover of players but we’ve all got the same goal and we’re driving in the same direction to keep improving and hopefully bring some silverware back to the club.”

Huddersfield’s game against Hull is the middle game on Saturday.

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