There was a lot of talk in pre-season, there always is, but after their emphatic 42-14 away win against Toulouse Olympique, are the Huddersfield Giants the ones to watch this season?
Okay, that’s just the start and many have said Toulouse will be ‘cannon fodder’ this season, being newly promoted and all with their potential fate compounded by their off-field struggles.
However, the Giants produced some very exciting rugby league football tonight, with young half-back Olly Russell a standout performer.
His seven goals helped the Giants to a comfortable victory, being the architect of more than one try.
Perhaps a player who has flown under the radar, with the focus on new signings Tui Lolohea and Theo Fages as well as rising star Will Pryce, son of former UK and England international Leon Pryce.
Others were also missing, with Jermaine McGillvary and Ricky Leutele still unavailable, but the Giants adapted well, overcoming a 10-0 deficit for good measure.
Luke Yates scored the opening try after digging in from close range before efforts from twin brothers Louis and Innes Senior helped them to a 16-10 half-time lead and they never looked back.
Jake Wardle opened things up just after the break with two tries before veteran Chris McQueen let up.
Substitute Olly Ashall-Bott scored late before a Guy Armitage consolation try for the hosts ended things.
A long way to go but based on this performance, Huddersfield should trouble many teams throughout 2022, especially if they can retain their key players.
Maybe we’ll see the Giants in the play-offs this year realize the untapped potential of 2021.