Phil Clarke: Huddersfield have gone from the bottom to the top
Phil Clarke congratulates Huddersfield for hitting the top, having seen them at rock bottom not so long ago.
Last Updated: 04/09/13 12:20pm
Sometimes it's been to watch a cup semi-final, when the Giants have simply been the hosts and watched from the sidelines as one of the teams has progressed to the cup final.
On most occasions it's been for a one-sided league game when the home team have lost more often than not. The Bradford Bulls once destroyed them by 60-2 back in April 2000. How fitting is it then that they travel to Bradford this Saturday as the holders of the League Leaders Shield.
Over the last three seasons it's been clear that the Giants have built a strong squad. They might not have many of the best individuals in Super League but this year they've been the best team. It's taken many years of hard work perseverance and effort which makes this achievement.
Congratulations to everyone who has been a part of their journey from the bottom to the top.
I once noticed when looking through some notes prior to a Huddersfield game that their record defeat was in a Yorkshire Cup match against Castleford in 1988.
They lost that day by 94-12. If any of the Giants fans from today attended that match I'd love to meet you. Please get in touch, your stories over the last 25 years would be fascinating.
Were you at the 1988 game that saw Huddersfield lose by a massive 82 points? Get in touch by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the feedback form below...
If any of you saw the game last Friday between St Helens and Warrington you may have noticed an incident when Jonny Lomax was tackled in the air after the ball had bounced high and he'd leapt to gather it.
At the time I asked our expert on the rules, Stuart Cummings, if it should have been a penalty as I assumed that you can't tackle a man in the air. He corrected me by pointing out that this only applies if the ball hasn't touched the ground.
As I drove home after the match I began to ponder the logic of this. I guess that the rule was initially brought in for player safety. Tackling a man in the air can be extremely dangerous and the sport has outlawed this to protect the player.
If the ball bounces high after a kick, as it will on hard ground, the defender may choose to jump to re-gather this before any on-rushing attacking. Does he deserve the same level of protection?
As we get to the end of the season, I think that it's a good time to ask your opinion on the current rules. Many of them are outdated, and several not enforced.
Do you think that we should make each player touch the ball with his foot when he plays the ball? This would be a more natural way of slowing down the natural speed and perhaps remove the ugly wrestling that sometimes spoils a match.
What's your opinion on the 'team warning'? Do you think that the increased use of the sin bin has reduced the interference at the play-the-ball area? (It's the number one cause of penalties in rugby league?)
Would you like to see the defending team from a scrum be forced back 10m, not the current 5m, to give the attacking team more time and space to attack? Should the loose forward be able to hold the ball at the base of the scrum like they can in rugby union to keep the defenders on their heels?
Should we remove the 'differential penalty' and allow all penalties to be kicked at goal for two points?
Please let me know what rules annoy you or prevent the game being better to watch. After watching the Challenge Cup Final, I think that there's room for improvement. What do you think?