IT’S unchartered territory for Giants fans and officials alike.
Never before have Huddersfield reached the Super League play-offs, but next weekend it’s a totally different story!
The Giants take their first step on the road that they hope will lead to the engage Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on Saturday, October 13.
But how exactly do the play-offs work?
Up until the last few years, a top-five system has been in operation, but now it’s the same as the one used in Australia, where sides that finish higher in the table in the regular Super League season are always rewarded throughout the play-off rounds.
The side finishing top or second get a week off before meeting at the venue of the top side.
The winner goes straight through to the Grand Final, with the loser having another chance, at home, a week later.
For sides finishing third, fourth, fifth and sixth, it is knock-out football all the way and, for the fifth and sixth clubs, away from home too.
And the overall timetable works like this:
Weekend of September 21 and 22: Game A, third-placed club v sixth-placed club (loser eliminated); Game B, fourth-placed club v fifth-placed club (loser eliminated). First and second-placed clubs have a bye.
Weekend of September 28 and 29: Game C, first-placed club v second-placed club (winner through to Grand Final); Game D, Winner Game A v Winner Game B (loser eliminated).
Friday, October 5: Game E, Loser Game C v Winner Game D (winner through to Grand Final.
Saturday, October 13: Winner Game C v Winner Game E.