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17 Aug 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Huddersfield Giants vs Hull FC Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 17th August, 19:45

Where? John Smith's Stadium

What channel is it on? Huddersfield Giants vs Hull FC will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://giants.tickethour.co.uk/

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

Head Coach: Simon Woolford

Squad: Brough, Clough, Cudjoe, Ferguson, Gaskell, Hinchcliffe, Leeming, Matagi, McGillvary, McIntosh, Mellor, O’Brien, Rankin, Roberts, Roche, Smith, Ta’ai, Turner, Wardle

Unavailable: Sebastine Ikahihifo, Aaron Murphy, Michael Lawrence, Jake Mamo, Matty English

  • Huddersfield secured a brilliant win against St Helens last week as they kept their slim top 4 hopes alive. They raced into a 0-16 lead and despite not scoring any further points, they managed to prevent Saints from catching them as they earned a 12-16 win.

  • Jake Mamo and Matty English are out for the Giants so Jake Wardle comes into the squad whilst Colton Roche retains his place after he was a late inclusion last week.

  • The Giants have won ten of their last 11 games and sit four points outside of the semi-final spots. Whilst they still have plenty to do to break into the top 4, if they can maintain this run they are on then they will give themselves a chance.

HULL FC

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Abdull, Bienek, Faraimo, Fash, Green, Griffin, Hadley, Harris, Houghton, Lane, Manu, Minichiello, Paea, Shaul, Sneyd, Talanoa, Taylor, Tuimavave, Washbrook

Unavailable: Josh Bowden, Joe Westerman, Albert Kelly, Jake Connor

  • Hull collapsed late on against Wakefield as their poor run of form continued. Despite leading 13-7 midway through the second half, Wakefield ran in 24 unanswered points to condemn the Black and Whites to a 13-31 defeat.

  • Dean Hadley is back in the squad after he was a late withdrawal last week. Lewis Bienek also comes into the 19-man squad after making a surprise debut last week and replaces Masi Matongo.

  • Hull have now lost five matches in a row and travelling to the form side in the league presents another tough game but head coach Lee Radford has said there is no pressure on his side and they can play with freedom with them expected to lose.

THE PREDICTION

Huddersfield’s incredible run continued last week as they defeated league leaders St Helens away from home. That was the Giants’ tenth win from their last 11 matches and the belief in their camp is that they can still make the top 4 but that run must continue against Hull to stand any chance. The Black and Whites find themselves in a poor run of form with five consecutive defeats ending any chance they had of challenging for a semi-final spot. There has been a lot of talk this week about Hull putting that right but after a string of poor performances, it’s difficult to see them toppling the in-form Giants and they can continue their charge towards the top 4 with another win here.

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