Giant task facing Huddersfield
Huddersfield will hope they won't be the latest Super League club to come a cropper in Perpignan when they face Catalan Dragons on Saturday.
The Giants make the trip to Stade Gilbert Brutus knowing by the time they kick off at 5.30pm BST, they could have been knocked off the summit, with nearest rivals Wigan playing Hull KR the previous night.
They will also know that so far in 2012 no visiting team has triumphed in France, with the Dragons winning five out of five in front of their own fans.
The last time Catalan played a home fixture they smashed Warrington 44-16, though due to Carnegie Challenge Cup commitments that was way back on April 9.
This week has seen mixed news - influential half-back Scott Dureau has signed a new contract, ending speculation about a move to Wigan, but Setaimata Sa has confirmed he is switching codes to join London Irish.
The Giants, meanwhile, welcome back a key member of their squad this weekend - but it isn't anyone who will be pulling on their boots.
Assistant coach Paul Anderson has returned to Huddersfield after spending the last three weeks in Australia studying a number of NRL clubs ahead of his progression into the top job next season.
"The opportunity to go down under mid-season and observe games and preps was a great one for me," he said.
"I would like to thank Nathan Brown and the club for allowing me firstly the time and secondly for arranging so many things whilst down there for me.
"To the club I also think it was a big thing to put this forward and I am sure that we will all benefit as a whole longer term from the visit. I certainly got an awful lot of knowledge and contacts from my time away which hopefully will be of use to me and the club now and going forward."
The Dragons welcome the return from injury and suspension of full-back Clint Greenshields, with Thomas Bosc set to switch to the wing in place of youngster Damien Cardace, while second rower Louis Anderson is back after recovering from a hamstring strain.
The Giants have Kevin Brown, Eorl Crabtree, Michael Lawrence, Jermaine McGillvary and Larne Patrick back after resting them for the cup tie against Swinton, but forward David Fa'alogo is still recovering from a groin injury and Lee Gilmour stayed behind in England to be with his wife, who is due to give birth to their second child on the day of the game.
Catalan Dragons: Greenshields, Pryce, Sa, Stacul, Bosc, Dureau, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Anderson, Raguin, Pelissier, Millard, Simon, Fakir, Paea, Baitieri, Duport, Cardace
Huddersfield: Grix, Lawrence, Cudjoe, McGillvary, Brown, Brough, Crabtree, Robinson, Mason, O'Donnell, Faiumu, Patrick, Ferguson, Wardle, Chan, George, Murphy, Eden, Moore