Wigan Warriors vs Huddersfield Giants Preview
11th Aug 2017 by TSZ
- Wigan fell to defeat at Leeds last week and with Huddersfield beating Wakefield, the Warriors dropped to eighth-place in the Super League table as their task to qualify for the semi-finals became all the more difficult.
- Shaun Wane makes just one change to his squad from last week's game with hooker Sam Powell returning having served a one-match ban. Youngster Josh Ganson makes way.
- Wane has declared that every game in the Super 8s is a must-win and that included the Leeds game. Any further slip-up would leave the Warriors almost out of contention for the top four.
Head Coach: Shaun Wane
Squad: John Bateman, Joe Burgess, Tony Clubb, Tom Davies, Liam Farrell, Anthony Gelling, Oliver Gildart, Willie Isa, Thomas Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Michael Mcilorum, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Sean O'Loughlin, Sam Powell, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Sam Tomkins, Jack Wells, George Williams
Unavailable: Ben Flower (Achilles), Morgan Escaré (Knee), Dom Manfredi (Knee), Jake Shorrocks (Knee), Joel Tomkins (Groin)
- Huddersfield kept their top four hopes alive with an important win at home to Wakefield. The Giants were in impressive form as they ran out comfortable 36-6 winners.
- Rick Stone is able to name Michael Lawrence in his squad for the first time since February after he finally recovered from a knee injury. Sam Rapira makes way after failing to recover from a knock to his ribs.
- The Giants have now lost just two of their last nine Super League games and will be full of confidence as they face off against the only team below them in the table.
Head Coach: Rick Stone
Squad: Danny Brough, Paul Clough, Leroy Cudjoe, Tyler Dickinson, Lee Gaskell, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Michael Lawrence, Kruise Leeming, Nathan Mason, Jermaine McGillvary, Darnell McIntosh, Alex Mellor, Adam O'Brien, Jordan Rankin, Daniel Smith, Ukuma Ta'ai, Jordan Turner, Shannon Wakeman
Unavailable: Tom Symonds (Knee), Jake Mamo (Foot), Aaron Murphy (Toe), Sam Rapira (Ribs), Dale Ferguson, Oliver Roberts, Martyn Ridyard
Analysis - what to expect
Wigan and Huddersfield meet for the third time this season with the sides yet to be separated having drawn both of their previous encounters. Wigan are unbeaten in their last nine league meetings with Huddersfield and will need to extend that run if they are to keep alive their slight hopes of making the top four. Huddersfield also need a positive result to keep their own slim hopes alive but without the distraction of the Challenge Cup that Wigan have coupled with their recent form, they could have a better chance of making the top four. A key element to deciding this game could be the respective kicking games with Huddersfield kicking a league high nine 40/20s this season with Wigan the only side not to kick one this year. Huddersfield's recent form may see them snatch this one but it will be a tough contest and they will have to be at their best.
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