HUDDERSFIELD Rugby Union Club and YMCA go into the second round of their holiday double-header tomorrow with both sides confident of taking the honours (3.00).
Mark Sowerby's Lockwood Park side will again start favourites at home, having already beaten YM 21-17 away seven days ago, and leading tryscorer Alex Shaw, who notched Huddersfield's opening try, feels his team will again have the edge over their town rivals.
"It largely depends on what sort of side we put out, but I think it's safe to say it will be interesting," said the flying winger.
"We brought in a number of youngsters last week to give them a taste of first-team rugby, like Tom Ainsworth, Tom Sharrock and Ben Harris, and it was quite an experience for them.
"The atmosphere was tremendous and it was a great crowd, probably bigger than either side are used to playing in front of for ordinary league fixtures, so there were quite a lot of nerves out there, because of the pressure and intensity of the occasion.
"YM certainly have some good players, but I felt we were always in control, and were able to step it up when we had to.
"Sometimes in matches like this it's easy to get sucked into it, but we've got some brilliant backs and once the ball gets outside we're flying.
"If we can get the same sort of service again, then I can't see us being beaten tomorrow."
Huddersfield, who play two divisions higher than YM in North I, will have gained great confidence from their terrific victory over their own League-leaders Caldy the previous week, and in fly-half Chris Johnson they possess a player capable of carving holes in any defence, as he proved several times last week.
YM's pack held up well, however, and it was testimony to their strength when Huddersfield were forced to bring on first-team front-rowers Chris Gough and Neil Pollock for the second half of the contest.
And the Laund Hill club's leading tryscorer David Rees feels his Yorkshire I teammates can defy the odds and square the Christmas contest in tomorrow's re-match.
"I definitely think we can turn it round because we certainly troubled them last week," admitted Rees, who now has 11 tries to his name, although he was unable to add to that tally in the first clash.
"We created four or five good chances, and should certainly have scored from two of them. We just need to find a bit more composure at crucial times.
"In one-off games like this I don't think there is that much difference between the sides, although when you are playing at a higher standard as Huddersfield are, then you have to produce the goods week in week out.
"And unfortunately we are just not playing consistently well at the moment.
"If we could play like that every week then I'm sure we could trouble the teams in our division because there are no outstandingly good sides, even leaders Pontefract were well beaten by Ilkley the other week."
Rees, who has scored all his 11 touchdowns playing from full-back, the position he has really made his own in the last couple of seasons, found himself back at No10 for the second half of the derby clash and revelled in the role.
"I really enjoyed playing at stand-off again, because you are far more involved than where I normally play and get to see a lot more of the ball," he explained.
"Although having said that, we do have some proper wingers this year, which we didn't have last season, so I have been getting my hands on the ball a lot more during our League matches.
"If we can just find a bit more composure in possession tomorrow then I'm confident we can give Huddersfield another good game."
Huddersfield:Metcalfe; Taylor, Whitehead, Paxman (L), Shaw; Swift, Ainsworth; Pollock, Davies, Stringwell, Baxter, Barnard, Sharrock, Rotchell, Jones. Subs (from): Howard, Gough, Johnson, Sowerby, Hinchliff, Clayton, McPhail, Harris, Bodsworth.
Huddersfield YMCA: (from): Rees, Holmes, Dent, Morton, Franks, Travis, Wilson, Watson, Guegue, McSwiney, Whitehead, Hellawell, Bracken, Anderson, Walker, Gregson, Pearson, Housley, Wolfe, Senior, Marshall and Eastwood.