GIANTS winger Jermaine McGillvary believes that playing Bradford will be a tougher test than expected, even though he has fond memories of playing at Odsal.
After starting the 2010 season at Barrow Raiders on a dual registration deal, the 23-year-old made his Super League debut at the home of the Bulls.
And after scoring a brace of tries in the 52-6 Odsal victory, he’s gone on to establish himself as one of the most respected wingers in Super League.
Speaking about his debut he said “I’ve been thinking about that and obviously I made my debut there, so I’ve got a lot of fond memories from there.”
The previous two encounters between the sides have seen Huddersfield put more than a half century of points past their West Yorkshire rivals on both occasions, with the Giants having won 50-16 at the Galpharm Stadium on March 13.
But McGillvary doesn’t believe his side’s aim is to make it a hat trick of triumphs by over half-a-century.
“We’re not going there to put loads of points past them at the moment,” he added. “We’re just going there to try and get the win.
“They’re going quite well at the moment, but hopefully we can go there and get a good result like we are expected to do.”
Although McGillvary and the Giants won’t be taking anything for granted, the Huddersfield-born back knows his side will go into the game as red-hot favourites to secure two more League points to hold onto to third spot in the Super League XVI table.
It’s been another tough season for the Bulls as the former World Club Champions have struggled to put a decent run of results together.
This has put Mick Potter’s side in serious danger of missing out on the top eight for the third straight year, which was sighted by the Bradford board as a minimum aim for the 2011 season.
The problem for them has been they have struggled to name a settled side, especially in the half back position.
The likes of Brett Kearney, Paul Sykes, and close-season signings Kyle Briggs and Marc Herbert have all played in the halves, but none of these players have been able to form a consistent partnership with each other.
Ben Jeffries was brought in during mid-season to help settle the problem, but it still hasn’t had the desired effect.