Back in January, there were two camps when it came to predicting the Giants' 2020 season. Those who said we'd struggle to win a game, and those who said we'd recruited well and would have a strong season. Turns out, both sides had some merit. On the one hand, we know that the club will make it to August having only lost one Super League match, in the top 5, ready to go top once we've played our games in hand. On the other, we know we'll have made it to August without winning a single game at home. It has been - to put it in the mildest terms possible - a strange season.
Between Storm Ciara (which, unbelievably, happened this year) and the minor issue of a global pandemic, you'd be forgiven for not remembering all the minutiae of Huddersfield's season so far. Here's a quick recap to bring you up to speed
Wednesday 22nd We pick up a second win with a strong performance against Wakefield. Ashton Golding unfortunately picks up a serious hamstring issue, ruling him out for the opening months. As we reported in this tweet, which aged like milk.
Saturday 1st Round 1 of Super League sees the club head to Perpignan to face Catalans, where a Man of the Match Super League debut for Sezer gives us a comfortable win, while James Gavet and Kenny Edwards make their first appearance in the Claret and Gold. Back in Yorkshire, our Reserves side put in a dominant performance over London to win by 40 points.
Sunday 9th The Giants are scheduled to play their home opener against Leeds, but the game is postponed just hours before kick off due to Storm Ciara
Tuesday 18th After a few weeks on dual-reg at Halifax, Oliver Roberts takes up a season-long at Salford.
Friday 21st One of the windiest games in recent memory, the Giants make the best of the conditions and overcome Hull KR to go top of the league with a game in hand, making them the last undefeated side in the competition.
Wednesday 26th Thanks to lots of tireless work from several Super League clubs, Huddersfield and Leeds are able to rework their entire April schedule to fit in the postponed game. Yikes.
Saturday 29th Our reserves side pick up a 40-26 win at Hull KR, keeping us unbeaten in all competitions and the top of both Super League and the Reserves Championship
Sunday 1st The John Smith's finally sees some rugby, but it's not pleasant viewing for the home fans. A strong 30 minute opening is in vain, as a 12-man side capitulates, leading to an easy Wigan win. The bubble bursts.
Friday 6th The bubble unbursts. An outstanding defensive performance and a spectacular Jake Wardle effort hands the reigning champions their first home defeat in a year and a half.
Wednesday 11th The Giants did nothing to squash rumours of an illness in the camp (no, not covid), putting in a disappointing, sluggish performance, getting embarrassingly nilled and dumped out of the Challenge Cup by the previously winless Toronto Wolfpack. With talk of a pandemic getting worse, this would be the last first team game for the next five months.
Friday 13th Leeds vs Catalans is the first Super League game to be cancelled due to the worsening crisis, as Richard Agar's team make the decision to not fly to Perpignan.
Sunday 15th Our reserves side pick up a 32-0 win over Newcastle, in the final outing for any Claret and Gold side for some time.
Monday 16th Just 3 days before our scheduled home game against Hull FC, an initial month-long suspension of the season is formally announced.
Wednesday 22nd The reserves competition is officially cancelled for 2020. Huddersfield get their first top-3 finish of the year, with only one loss all season (if you don't laugh, you'll cry).
Sunday 24th Some more retention news as Jake Wardle signs a three year deal, despite interest from Melbourne Storm.
Sunday 31st Just over a year since his last game with no return from injury in sight, Akuila Uate leaves the club by mutual consent and returns to Australia
Sunday 14th Oliver Russell becomes the sixth academy graduate to extend his stay at the club
Saturday 20th Oliver Roberts extends his loan period at Salford, keeping him there to the end of the 2021 season
Friday 26th The announcement we were all waiting for, confirmation that Super League will return in August, starting off with a triple header on August 2nd, with Huddersfield vs Leeds the headline game
Louis Senior and Adam O'Brien find themselves at the top of the try scoring charts with 3 each. Sezer's try and 16 goals have him comfortably as our top points scorer. Just behind Louis and Adam in the try tally is Jerry, who leads the metres and carries for the side, while Darnell McIntosh has the most tackle busts. In defence, AOB is our top tackler with 227, while the ever-dependable Ukuma Ta'ai and Michael Lawrence are our most efficient tacklers, with a 97 and 96% success rate respectively. As always, you can get more details on our Seasons page.
What comes next?
The Giants come into Super League 2020 2.0 in a very strong position. With just one loss under our belts, we find ourselves fifth in the league with two games in hand, despite already having played the likes of Saints and Catalans away from home. Under the old system, that was enough for a play-off spot, but under the new top-4 play-offs we'll have to move up the league to have a chance of silverware. That said, with both us and Leeds two games behind Wigan, Cas and Warrington, it seems likely the winner of our August 2nd clash will be top of the league once everyone finally gets to 7 games, with the loser not far behind.
Elsewhere, our women's side have been made to wait for their first ever Super League game, while just 3 rounds into the season, our undefeated academy side sit second in their league with a game in hand