New Huddersfield Giants signings Ryan Hinchcliffe and Sam Rapira could gain the most from today’s home pre-season clash against Catalans Dragons.
That’s the view of head coach Paul Anderson ahead of a challenging encounter against a strong French travelling party.
Like the Giants, the Dragons have named their strongest available 20-man squad for the clubs’ final trial match before the start of the 2016 Super League season, which gets under way in just under a fortnight.
It promises to be a far tougher test than the Giants were given at Hull KR last weekend when they strolled to a 38-6 triumph.
And getting the chance to warm up at their John Smith’s Stadium home is something Anderson is delighted about.
“Catalans were very keen for us to go over there, but we were even keener to get them here,” said
“Having just come from the (Australian) NRL, they’ve obviously never played at the John Smith’s Stadium before.
“So they’ll get that out of the way this weekend and they’ll be far more used to their new surroundings when the season gets under way.
“And the fact we’re expecting a big challenge is something else that’ll benefit us.”
Catalans head coach Laurent Frayssinous doesn’t include injured duo Thomas Bosc and Rémi Casty and new signings Paul Aiton and Dave Taylor, who have slight niggles, but te rest of his senior players are poised for action.