Huddersfield Giants vice-captain Luke Robinson is backing the club’s youngsters to rise to the occasion at Bradford Bulls tonight (5.45) and show how bright the future is.
The cream of the club’s young talent is ready to take centre stage at Odsal, with 13 of the players who helped thrash Wakefield 40-0 six days ago missing out.
Captain-for-the-night Michael Lawrence, David Faiumu, Ukuma Ta’ai and Kyle Wood are given a run, with the rest of the senior side being rested for next Thursday’s opening home play-off cash against Wigan.
But even though many of tonight’s squad will be making their Super League debuts, Robinson knows they all have the ability to do the club proud.
“I train with these young kids day in, day out so I know how talented they are,” said the experienced half-back.
“Had it not been for the fact we’ve had a relatively injury-free squad for much of the season, I’m sure many of them would have made their Super League debuts by now. They’ve just been a bit unlucky in that respect.
“But I’m really excited to see how they do against experienced Super League opposition.
“My prediction is that they do pretty well.
“I remember in 2009, in the week before we played in the Challenge Cup final, we sent a bunch of kids to St Helens and we almost beat them.
“The lads went out there with nothing to lose and relishing the chance to test themselves against some of the game’s biggest stars.
“I know that’s how the boys are looking at this game tonight, and I’d have to say this group are a more talented lot.
“I think the fans will get a glimpse of just how bright the Giants’ future is.”
Robinson also knows Lawrence will make a good captain.
“Bruno never lets anyone down,” added Robinson.
“He sets a great example, both on attack and defence, and is incredibly fit and strong.
“He’ll be a good leader.”