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Super League star likens derby to the biggest NRL rivalries

Super League’s Rivals Round concludes with a West Yorkshire derby at Headingley as Leeds Rhinos take on Huddersfield Giants.

Speaking of the game, former Huddersfield man and current Leeds Rhinos halfback Aidan Sezer said:

“It’s massive, very close geographically and the history behind the games they’ve always been hard fought games in recent years.

“We know Huddersfield play high percentage rugby so we’ll have to dig in.

Good friend and Huddersfield star McQueen then likened it to two of the biggest NRL rivalries: “It’s one of those things, it’s a rivalry. It’s like Souths and Roosters or Queensland and New South Wales. When you play your rival team it doesn’t matter what’s happened in the past, or where your forms at. You just show up because it’s more special.

“He’s probably played in every game I’ve played in of Huddersfield Leeds and they’re always tight games. I think the first game when I came across here was against Leeds and we lost by a field goal so yeah there’s something special about playing your rival team.

“Last year we played three times, we had the draw here then we won at home and they won at home.

Sezer then gave his assessment of the Giants: “It’s hard to get a gauge because there’s not been as many fixtures but it’s high percentage footy and there’s a lot of unpredictable players. They’ve made a few good additions in the off-season and have quality across the park.

“I think it’s a very experienced forward pack with Crispy, Chris Hill and players like that. We’re going to have to work for everything we get and improve on last week.

McQueen returned the favour: “They’re probably similar to us, they’re playing good footy but they’re not getting the results they deserve. As Seze said it’s early in the year and we’re still trying to find our feet and get into form.”

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