Harrogate v Huddersfield: ‘Gate look to end losing run in Yorkshire derby

Harrogate RUFC
Harrogate RUFC

Yorkshire grit will be required for Harrogate to end their three-match losing run.

The Cockerels entertain fellow White Rose outfit Huddersfield at Rudding Lane on Saturday (3pm), looking to re-establish themselves as one of the best teams in National Two North.

Like Harrogate, Huddersfield have picked up two wins so far this campaign but are yet to win on the road.

The West Yorkshire outfit beat previously undefeated Sandal 26-19 at the weekend, a side Harrogate failed to beat two weeks ago.

And Harrogate director of rugby Mike Aspinall was in no mood to underestimate his next opponents.

On the state of the division, Aspinall said: “I don’t think any team is particularly struggling this year.

Leicester are in third and I don’t think they are better than any other side who have played.

“The defining factor in the final positions will be consistency and that’s not something going well for Harrogate at the minute.

“We are not going to need to improve dramatically to get a win, but not one part of me is looking at Huddersfield and thinking it’s going to be easy.

“Every Huddersfield team is a hard one to beat.”

Meanwhile, Harrogate 2nds face a trip to Hull Ionians 2nds following their 43-13 win over Ilkley last week.