Gateshead Thunder facing a Giant problem

Winless Gateshead Thunder will have their most searching examination of a difficult season at West Yorkshire tomorrow

Gateshead Thunder Rugby League action
Gateshead Thunder Rugby League action

Gateshead Thunder will have their most searching examination of a difficult season when they travel to West Yorkshire tomorrow to take on unbeaten NFP leaders Huddersfield Giants at the McAlpine Stadium.

The Tykes, the Premiership's only full-time club, have rattled up 130 points in their last two games.

They have scored 500 more points than winless Thunder and are odds on to complete their 18th consecutive victory.

An inexperienced Gateshead, meanwhile, enter the game on the back of a record-equalling 72-4 drubbing at home to Workington Town, who then had 54 points put past them by the Giants on Sunday.

Thunder would appear to be on a hiding to nothing in the top-versus-bottom clash.

But captain Stephen Rutherford believes his struggling side must show enthusiasm and determination.

He said: "Huddersfield are a few years ahead of us.

"They're esentially a Super League side playing in the NFP and they've invested heavily to go straight back up.

"We were embarassing against Workington but we've got to lift ourselves and put in a good performance and attempt to enjoy the

"It's like an amateur side playing professional opposition in the Challenge Cup.

"While there's a massive gap between the two sides we've got to treat it like a cup tie and have a real go."

Thunder are boosted by the return of influential back row forward Sam Tunnell.

Recent signing from Hunslet Hawks Jermaine Coleman joins Paul Thorman at half back but Craig Firth and Rob Keegan miss out through injury.

JEFF BOWRON

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