HUDDERSFIELD Giants are backing Leeds Rhinos' bid for World Club Challenge glory tonight!
Former Giants coach Tony Smith will lead the Super League champions against Australian premiers Canterbury Bulldogs in front of a 30,000-plus crowd at Elland Road (8.00).
The global clash is the game that officially signals the start of the new rugby league season.
For the Giants, that gets under way with next Saturday's trip to Leigh Centurions in Super League X.
And Giants football manager Stuart Sheard believes that a Rhinos win tonight will give the new top-flight season the perfect start.
"Everyone at the Giants will be backing Leeds," said Sheard.
"There's a tremendous feel about the game right now and we're all optimistic about the season ahead.
"That sense of optimism will definitely be increased if Leeds win tonight, and that's why we all feel at Huddersfield that a `home' victory is vital.
"We're delighted at the Giants how things have progressed during pre-season and we believe we have played our part in helping to increase the feelgood factor in Super League.
"The signing of the likes of Australian Test centre Michael De Vere, for instance, has been very well received.
"But with other clubs having also recruited top-quality international players, there's no reason why this season can't be the best. A win for Leeds tonight would be a fantastic start."