Danny Brough is backing his Huddersfield Giants teammate Aaron Murphy to continue his tryscoring streak against Catalans Dragons in Sunday’s Magic Weekend clash in Newcastle.
The former Wakefield Trinity Wildcats back has touched down in each of them Giants’ last three meetings with the French team.
Huddersfield triumphed in two of them, the defeat coming in last season’s play-offs, and skipper Brough is targeting a St. James’ Park success – with Murphy’s help.
“He’s a class act,” said Brough of the player who made a 150th career appearance when the Giants won 24-16 at Castleford Tigers last time out.
“He’s strong and versatile – put him anywhere in the pitch and he’ll give it a real go and do a cracking job.”
Huddersfield, fourth in Super League, have won their last two Magic Weekend clashes, both against Bradford Bulls, and Catalans their last three, all against London Broncos.
The relegation of Bradford and London to the Championship meant both the Giants and the Dragons, currently sixth, needed new Magic Weekend opponents.
“I suppose it was an obvious thing to pitch us together,” added Brough “I’d prefer it if the games were drawn out of a hat, but I see why the derbies are popular.
“At the end of the day, you get who you get and you have to knuckle down and do your best to get the win.
“Catalans are a good side who will present us with a big challenge, but we need those points and we want those points.”