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10 Aug 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – St Helens vs Huddersfield Giants Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 10th August, 19:45

Where? Totally Wicked Stadium

What channel is it on? St Helens vs Huddersfield Giants will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://www.saintsrlfc.com/tickets/match-tickets/

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Amor, Barba, Costello, Douglas, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lees, Lomax, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Percival, Richardson, Roby, Smith, Swift, Taia, Thompson, Wilkin

Unavailable: Alex Walmsley, Ryan Morgan, Dom Peyroux

  • St Helens ended the regular season with a 10-point gap over second-placed Wigan but will have to bounce back from their Challenge Cup exit last week. Saints were ambushed by Catalans as they took a 0-27 lead into the break before ending the league leaders’ hopes of a double in a 16-35 loss.

  • Justin Holbrook could turn to the same 17 to right the wrongs from last week although Matty Smith could come in out of the cold after receiving a call-up to the 19-man squad.

  • St Helens have won 11 straight Super League matches with last week’s loss their first defeat in 14 matches in all competitions.

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

Head Coach: Simon Woolford

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

Unavailable: Sebastine Ikahihifo, Aaron Murphy, Michael Lawrence

  • Huddersfield’s fine turnaround continued as they ended the regular season in fifth place after a win over Wakefield. The Giants had opened up a 20-point lead by half-time which proved too much for Trinity, eventually claiming a 40-28 win.

  • Suaia Matagi will make his Huddersfield debut if selected. He is named in the 19-man squad alongside long-term absentee Kruise Leeming and Jake Mamo with Michael Lawrence, Aaron Murphy and Jake Wardle dropping out.

  • The Giants ended their regular season campaign with nine wins from their last ten matches and have pulled themselves to within six points of the top 4, giving themselves a slim chance of making the play-offs.

THE PREDICTION

All eyes will be on league leaders St Helens this week to see how they react to last weekend’s shock defeat in their Challenge Cup semi-final against Catalans. They now come up against the team directly below them in the form table with Huddersfield also coming into the game as the fresher side. The Giants continued their assault up the table with their ninth win from their last 10 Super League games in their last match against Wakefield. They will head to St Helens full of confidence and with nothing to lose and whilst Saints are rightly favourites, the Giants can cause another shock here.

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