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Phil Clarke argues Super League side have been “unlucky”

Huddersfield Giants are in a bit of a hole at the moment.

After an excellent 2022 season under Ian Watson where they played and perhaps should have won the Challenge Cup Final, they are now struggling in the bottom third of Super League.

Their play-off dreams were all but ended by a thumping 54-0 defeat to Leeds Rhinos on Friday which could lead to a disaster of a season according to Phil Clarke.

“I think both sides thought they would be playing finals this year but both are out of the Challenge Cup and have a limited chance of making the Grand Final,” he said of Leeds and Huddersfield on Sky Sports.

“There’s 16 weeks to go so unless there is a dramatic improvement in performances, it is going to be a disaster for both these teams.

“They are running out of time to turn things around.

“Leeds did last year.”

He went on to say the Giants have been unlucky in 2023:

“Leeds are in the same position they were in last year. They will say to themselves if they can win nine of their remaining games they can make the play-offs.

“I think Huddersfield have been the most unlucky team in Super League.

“In five games they have lost six points or less. A friend of mine said to me that you need a good coach and a lucky coach really and unlucky the ball hasn’t bounced for Ian Watson and them.”

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