Ahead of the derby between Leeds Rhinos and Huddersfield Giants, star forward Chris McQueen has explained why the derby is so special
“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.”
McQueen also said that the away crowd at Headingley is unreal:
“It’s unreal. If you play in front of a big crowd, whether it’s your crowd or an away crowd it doesn’t matter. There’s nothing like playing in front of a big crowd.”
Good friend and Leeds star Aidan Sezer added: “Being a Leeds player and running out to the South Stand and the occasion it always is playing at Headingley, it’s awesome.
“You always want to put in a good stint for the fans that turn out every week and i’s one of the best atmospheres in rugby league in the world to be honest.
“I played a while back in the NRL and being a Leeds player now it’s always special.”