Hull KR may be coming off the back of one of the most gruelling games in living memory but George King knows there will be no let-up this week.
KR’s Challenge Cup clash with Castleford Tigers went to a fourth period of extra time, with Gareth O’Brien settling the contest in the 99th minute to give his side a dramatic 33-32 win.
It was the second time Rovers had gone to golden point in three matches, finishing on the losing side on both occasions.
Tony Smith’s team will continue their search for a first win of 2021 on Friday when Huddersfield Giants visit Craven Park.
The Giants broke their own duck by beating Leigh Centurions but have yet to hit their straps with Aidan Sezer on the sidelines.
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King always expects a battle against his hometown club regardless of who plays or what kind of form they are in.
“Every time I’ve played against Huddersfield throughout my career it’s always been a tough game; I’ve never had one easy game against Huddersfield,” he said.
“They’re always really hard to break down and beat. They’ve got terrific players across the park, really experienced internationals.
“Their half-backs are going great and we know Jermaine McGillvary is going be a real big threat out the back. We’ve got to be really up for the challenge.
“We played 100 minutes but we’ve got to put that to the side now. They played on Sunday so it’s going be a level playing field really.
“It’s going to be two teams battling really hard and hopefully we can get over the line, but it’s not going to be easy.”
The game marks KR’s return to Craven Park in Super League, almost 14 months on from their last fixture on home soil in the competition.
Rovers will play one more home match behind closed doors against Leeds Rhinos before welcoming fans back for the clash with Leigh Centurions at the end of May.
A new temporary South Stand has been installed, meaning capacity crowds of over 13,000 could be in attendance for the game against St Helens and the Hull derby if all coronavirus restrictions are lifted by June 21.
An arrival from Wakefield Trinity in September, King cannot wait for his first taste of a packed Craven Park as a KR player.
“It was always one of my favourite grounds to visit when I was an away player,” he said.
“There’s a bouncing atmosphere here and with the new stand getting built hopefully it’s not going to be long until we get a full crowd.”