Buoyant Huddersfield host Caldy on Saturday determined to build on their stunning second-half show against Leicester Lions and continue their rise up the National II North table.

The men from Lockwood Park have started the new year with three wins out of three and are now setting their sights on a top-six finish in their first season back in the division.

Fifth-placed Caldy have been one of the competition’s most consistent sides this season, having chalked up 12 wins from their opening 19 games, including a 31-22 home triumph over Huddersfield in October.

But with confidence sky high in the West Yorkshire side’s camp, player-coach Gareth Lewis thinks there’s no reason why Huddersfield can’t gain revenge over their visitors and make it four out of four in 2015 this weekend.

“We can’t wait to get back out there,” said Lewis, who keeps faith with the same squad that performed so well to destroy the Lions last weekend.

“Confidence is as high as it’s been all season, which is what you’d expect after scoring 29 unanswered second-half points against Leicester and keeping our line intact in the process.

“The Lions aren’t a bad side, so to do what we did to them is a sign of how well the side’s progressing.

“And we know if we can play against Caldy like we did in the second half against Leicester Lions last weekend, then we’ll make it four wins out of four in 2015.

“We’ve known all along this side is good enough, it’s fantastic we’re now starting to show it on a more consistent basis.”

 

The upturn in fortunes has co-incided with the return to action from a long-standing knee injury of hooker Ben Morrill, although he’s been coming off the bench to play at flanker because of the way fellow hookers Ross Thornton and Henry Walker have performed throughout the current campaign.

But while Lewis is delighted with the positive effect he’s had on the side, the coach knows it’s not just down to Morrill alone.

“There’s no denying Ben’s come back in and done everything we’d hope of him,” added Lewis.

“Having said that, he’s still not back to full match fitness yet, and he’d also be the first to admit the form of his teammates has made his return a little easier.

“Our forwards have been outstanding over recent weeks – in my eyes they’re now one of the most feared packs in the competition – and last weekend it was the turn of Nick Rhodes to lead the way in what was a dominant team performance from start to finish.

“The backs have also been proving a handful, with Elliott Knight coming in for his first appearance on the wing last week and scoring a try. That’s why he’s in again, despite having several other good options available to us.

“Caldy also have a quality backline, which we know will be a threat.

“But with the way we’re playing we know we have the ability to snuff them out.”

Huddersfield: Hodgson; Knight, Hodgson, Owen, Clarke; Bell, Jeffrey; Battye, Thornton, Sanderson, Thompson, Rhodes, Morrill, Hoyle. Sharpe. Subs: Malthouse, Hinchcliffe, Walker, Hall, Purcell.