EORL CRABTREE is hoping for a massive show of claret and gold when the Giants face Super League leaders Wigan at the Magic Weekend in Edinburgh on Sunday.
The popular prop is relishing the prospect of his third Magic Weekend and can’t wait to play in the fixture being widely billed as the most mouth-watering of the busy Murrayfield programme.
The 27-year-old also believes the Bank Holiday weekend offers the perfect opportunity for players and supporters to celebrate Super League in style, and he feels it’s a privilege to be playing such a central role.
“It’s going to be fantastic for everybody. That’s the good thing about Rugby League, the fans, the players come together and we all have a great time,” said Crabtree.
“It’s something I’m really looking forward, especially as it’s Wigan. It’s going to be a big challenge, but something we are ready to take on.
“Wigan are the top dogs at the moment, they seem to be winning almost every game and seem to be doing very well.
“Hopefully we can knock them down a peg or two. We’re challenging for honours, but it’s going to be tough.
“They’re a great side and are well coached, so we’re just going there to give it our best.”
Wigan suffered only their second defeat of the season when they were beaten 38-26 by Harlequins last Friday, but Crabtree is wary of the threat they pose heading into the much-anticipated clash.
“They’ll obviously want to get that result out of their system as quickly as possible, and that means we’re going to have to make sure we’re 100% on our game,” he added.
“They’ve got high-quality players all over the park, they’re just such a strong team at the moment, coached really well and they’ve just improved massively.
“At the same time, I think it’s fair to say our coach is pretty good too, we’re a very strong side and it all makes for a game that will be the pick of the weekend.”
Giants fans will have the chance to meet rising Giants stars Leroy Cudjoe and Michael Lawrence at the latest Talentbuilder event at Slubber’s Arms tonight (7.00).