2018 Super League – Huddersfield Giants vs Wakefield Trinity Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 27th July, 19:45

Where? John Smith's Stadium

What channel is it on? Huddersfield Giants vs Wakefield Trinity 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, English, Ferguson, Gaskell, Hinchcliffe, Lawrence, McGillvary, McIntosh, Mellor, Murphy, O’Brien, Rankin, Roberts, Smith, Ta’ai, Turner, Wardle

Unavailable: Tyler Dickinson, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Kruise Leeming, Jake Mamo

  • Huddersfield sealed their Super League fate after a stirring performance against Castleford last week. Having trailed 12-0 early on, the Giants hit back to go in level at the break and kept the Tigers scoreless in the second half as they won 18-32.

  • Jake Mamo is out for Huddersfield so youngster Jake Wardle comes into the 19-man squad in the only change from last week.

  • The Giants have now won eight of their last nine in Super League, a run of form that has seen them not only qualify for the Super 8s but also draw to within just one point of fifth place.

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Annakin, Arona, Arundel, Ashurst, Batchelor, Fifita, Hampshire, Hirst, Horo, Huby, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Jowitt, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: Jordan Crowther, Danny Kirmond

  • Wakefield secured their Super League status in the best possible fashion as they hammered Hull FC last week. Trinity ran in 12 tries in their demolition job as they ran out 72-10 winners.

  • Joe Arundel is fit again after several months out through injury. He comes into the 19-man squad in place of Mason Caton-Brown.

  • After three games without a win, Wakefield really turned on the style last week and can play with plenty of freedom with their place in Super League secure for another season.

THE PREDICTION

This promises to be an entertaining game between Huddersfield and Wakefield, two teams that secured their Super League status with important wins last week. The Giants’ remarkable run of just one defeat in their last nine league games turned their season around. Trinity on the other hand have been fairly inconsistent after a strong start but emphatically secured their place in the Super 8s with a huge win last week. Both teams should be able to play pressure-free which should result in a good game. Despite the scoreline last week, Wakefield could be brought back down to earth with Huddersfield able to continue their impressive run of form here.