CONFIDENT Huddersfield head to Kendal tomorrow ready to make up for previous rugby union disappointments against their big Cumbrian rivals.
The men from West Yorkshire have been involved in some almighty scraps with Kendal over recent seasons.
The duo met three times during the last campaign, with Huddersfield narrowly failing on each occasion.
As a result, Kendal were promoted to National III North as champions, while Huddersfield followed them up via the play-offs.
And now the big rivals are ready to resume hostilities tomorrow, with Huddersfield director of rugby Mark Sowerby believing this could be the moment to finally get their revenge.
“I’m confident we can go up there and win, and so are the rest of the boys,” said Sowerby.
“And I don’t think it will be a case of being over-confident.
“We know it’s going to be tough at Kendal, it always is.
“But there really is a sense that we owe them one, and that our time has finally come.
“After that excellent victory over Macclesfield at home last weekend our confidence has received another big boost, and we feel this is the time to strike.
“Kendal obviously got the better of us on three occasions last season, but they could so easily have gone our way.
“In fact, if you add up the winning margin of all three of their wins, it probably wouldn’t amount to more than a dozen points.
“That shows how closely matched we are.
“The difference between us was in the forwards, where Kendal held the narrowest of advantages.
“But under the new rules that have been introduced in regards to the rucks, that advantage has been lost, and we’re certainly not going to complain about that!
“There’s now more opportunity for the backs to influence a game, and I firmly believe that’s an area where we hold the upper hand.”
As well as travelling north with confidence, Sowerby is also able to name a virtually unchanged side.
Gavin Rhodes is unavailable due to work commitments, with his place automatically taken by Ben Harris, who couldn’t make the Macclesfield fixture.
Sowerby started last week’s contest, but will tomorrow swap places with Tom Sharrock and take his place on the bench.
One interesting name on the Kendal teamsheet will be former Huddersfield lock Craig Wilson.
He played at Lockwood Park in the 2003-04 season while he was at the University of Huddersfield and is now back playing with his hometown club.
Huddersfield: Ainsworth; Sutcliffe, Paxman (B), Paxman (L), Shaw; Johnson, Clayton; Howard, Gough, Stringwell, Harris, Hinchliff, Sharrock, Whitehead, Sharpe. Subs: McPhail, Davies, Mortimore, Sowerby, Ramsden.
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