HAS there ever been more pressure on Stephen Wild going into a Super League game?
The Giants’ Great Britain back-row forward finished last season as Huddersfield’s top tryscorer with 15 as he became the club’s first player to be included in a Super League Dream Team.
But as the Giants head to Warrington tonight, Wild knows he has to score a try to avoid doing the dreaded naked run.
It’s something the 27-year-old has never had to do before, but at an unnamed location over the next few days Wild may be forced to embark on the jog all Super League players dread more than any other.
And should he fail to cross the whitewash tonight, it also promises to be a lonely run – although he could have new signing David Fauimu to keep him company!
The New Zealand Test hooker’s delayed arrival due to red tape means he’s only figured in the last three games, but his teammates are unlikely to show him any sympathy for that.
And that’s also the case for young Reserve player Michael Brown, who made the briefest of appearances as a substitute in the final minutes of the win over Harlequins at the Galpharm in June.
Under the naked run rules, as soon as a player steps onto a Super League field he is automatically included in the list to become a potential ‘victim’, even if he spends just a couple of minutes on the pitch – as was the case with the highly unfortunate Brown.