Going to Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium holds no fear for Huddersfield Giants back-row forward Michael Lawrence.
In fact, it’s the ground where he has experienced some of his fondest Super League memories.
Huddersfield head across to the Wolves on Thursday night having lost in the last 10 encounters against former Giants coach Tony Smith’s men, both home and away.
That’s a remarkably wretched record in anyone’s book.
But that statistic will be the last thing on Lawrence’s mind when the Giants head across the M62, with the 24-year-old former Newsome Panthers junior instead admitting he can’t wait to step back out onto the Halliwell Jones pitch.
“When I think about playing Warrington, I don’t really think about our recent record against them,” said the England Knights star, who notched up 150 Super League appearances in last week’s home win over Widnes Vikings.
“The first thing I think about is that Warrington was the first club I played against in Super League and they were also the opposition in my most memorable game for the Giants so far.
“My debut was at Warrington in 2007 when I was 17 and my most memorable game was our play-off win there in 2010, which took us to within 80 minutes of a Grand Final for the first time.
“So rather than fearing a trip to the Halliwell Jones Stadium, I’m really looking forward to it.
“I think I’ve won about three or four times there in the past, so it’s certainly a ground where I know we can win, which is exactly what we intend to do on Thursday.
“I’m expecting there to be a fair amount of media talk going into the game about how long it’s been since we last beat them, but it’s not something we’ve spoken about as a squad.
“All we know is that if we start playing to our potential, like we did in the first half at Wakefield the other week, we’re capable of beating anyone in this competition.
“That’s the sort of form we’re obviously working towards finding at Warrington.
“And because we know we need to win to maintain our top-four challenge, we’re determined to give it everything we’ve got.”
Lawrence admits that if his hometown club does win at Warrington next week, he’ll see it as completing a hat-trick of memorable wins at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, because of the potential significance of beating the Wolves this time around.
“Thursday is a vital game for us, there’s no question about that,” he added.
“For a start, it’ll stop everyone reminding us of this awful run against them!
“But with just a few League points separating us and the teams above us with just three games of the regular season remaining, we know getting into the top four and earning a better shot in the play-offs is well within our grasp.
“That task will be even more achievable with a win at Warrington.
“And if we do that, it’ll be right up there with my list of achievements against them, although it would obviously take something extra special to match the other two.
“Your first-team debut is always going to be special, and mine was no exception.
“I remember how nervous I was sitting on the bench before I went on, and the fact it was on Sky TV made it even worse.
“Luckily, we were on top for a lot of the game, and as soon as I got on the pitch those nerves disappeared and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
“That game will probably be remembered the most for a length-of-the-field try from Rod Jensen. To be honest, it was a great day all round.
“But the win wasn’t as big as the one in the play-offs in 2010, which helped us get to within a game of the Grand Final.
“I don’t think anyone will ever forget those scenes of Leroy racing down the touchline with Browny (coach Nathan Brown) spurring him on from the side of the pitch. It was, of course, the try that sealed the win.
“The celebrations that night were incredible, and I think they’ll be pretty special if we win on Thursday, too.”