Crabtree eyeing end to Wolves hoodoo
Huddersfield prop Eorl Crabtree will be hoping to celebrate a personal milestone as the Giants look to end their dismal run at the hands of bogey team Warrington Wolves tomorrow.
Warrington knocked the Yorkshiremen out of both the Challenge Cup and the play-offs in 2013, as well as completing a league double, and will be aiming to make it 10 wins in a row at the John Smith's Stadium.
"I didn't realise it was so many," said Crabtree, who will be making his 350th appearance for his home-town club. "Let's hope it doesn't get into double figures.
"I've probably played in every one of them. I don't miss many games."
Although the 2014 First Utility Super League is still in its infancy, tomorrow's game is shaping up a crucial fixture.
The Giants lost just twice in front of their own fans in 2013 on their way to winning the League leaders' shield but have been held to draws in both their home fixtures so far.
Warrington, the pre-season title favourites, have fared no better having won just three of their six matches so far.
"Average is the word I'd probably use," Crabtree said.
"I think both teams will have been very disappointed with the start they've made and I think that is what is going to make it a decent game.
"I expect both teams to be very hungry for it."
Warrington are expected to give a first start to Scotland full-back Matty Russell while Huddersfield have hooker Shaun Lunt back from a two-month injury absence.
"That's a fantastic boost," Crabtree said. "He means a massive deal to us. He adds a bit of size to the pack and he's very smart around the ruck."
In tomorrow's other games, Bradford Bulls will be hoping to end a good week on a high by wiping out their points deduction when they go to Widnes Vikings while Hull KR look for back-to-back wins for the first time for almost eight months when they host Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
St Helens prop Paul Clough will make the 200th appearance of his career when he resumes his loan spell at Widnes, who are aiming for a fourth win out of four at the Select Security Stadium in 2014.
The Vikings welcome back second-rower Hep Cahill, who has missed the last four matches with a neck injury, while hooker Adam O'Brien is set to make his first start in Super League in the absence of injured Bradford skipper Matt Diskin.
Hull KR, fresh from breaking their duck against the Bulls, have lost forwards Justin Poore and Jamie Langley to suspension and injury while Wakefield are boosted by the return of loose forward Danny Washbrook and centre Dean Collis.