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Dragons face Giants fire.

Byline: Chris oberts ,

Big Mac ready to lead major pack charge

BIG Wayne McDonald can't wait to face Les Catalans Dragons at the Galpharm Stadium on Sunday (3.00)!

The French Super League side arrive in Huddersfield this weekend with the reputation of being a rough, tough, uncompromising side who boast a strong and aggressive pack.

But the 6ft 7ins Giants prop is confident that if the Dragons try and take on the Englishman down the middle, they will be in for a rude awakening.

And the in-form McDonald is determined to lead the way!

"We haven't played Catalans yet, so this is a bit of a test of the unknown," admitted the 30-year-old.

"But we do know they enjoy the battle in the forwards, and will be striving to get on top of us to give Stacey Jones plenty of the ball.

"If that happens, Jones obviously has the ability to tear us apart.

"But we're ready for them.

"If they want to take us on down the middle, that's fine by us.

"I believe we've never been stronger in the forwards and we're all going into games knowing we can get the better of the opposition.

"Right now, we're certainly enjoying what we're doing. I know I am.

"I'm the first to admit I've been through a bad spell, but that seems a long time ago now and I'm loving the role I'm playing with the side.

"A lot of the credit for the improvement in my form has to go to the quality of the players around me. I think as a unit we're all performing very well."

McDonald is just one of five recognised front-rowers at the club.

He started the season operating alongside Eorl Crabtree, Jim Gannon and Paul Jackson.

Since then, the Giants have added Keith Mason, who McDonald believes has made a massive difference to the team.

"Keith is a great player and has added a lot of value to the team," added McDonald.

"He has certainly helped bring the best out of the others around him and definitely made us a much tougher team to beat. Hopefully Catalans will find that out on Sunday.

"Salford certainly did last weekend.

"I thought it was a great display from all the pack, not just the front-rowers, and Salford didn't have any answers.

"I just hope we can maintain this level of form between now and the end of the season. If we do, it could be a fantastic year for the Giants.

"We've got the top six firmly back in our sights and we've also got the Challenge semi-final against Leeds to look forward to next month.

"Because Leeds was the club I left last season, the draw did make me smile, but I want to win this tie for Huddersfield, not for me.

"The Giants have been good for me."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 9, 2006
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