2018 Super League – Huddersfield Giants vs Wakefield Trinity Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 31st August, 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, Ferguson, Gaskell, Hinchcliffe, Lawrence, Leeming, Mamo, Matagi, McGillvary, McIntosh, Mellor, Murphy, O’Brien, Rankin, Roche, Ta’ai, Turner

Unavailable: Sebastine Ikahihifo, Matty English, Oliver Roberts

  • Huddersfield produced a solid second half display to continue their fine run of form in their last encounter with Hull FC. With neither side able to break the deadlock in the first half, the Giants quickly found their rhythm in the second as they ran out 26-6 winners.

  • Aaron Murphy, Michael Lawrence and Jake Mamo are all back in the 19-man squad, replacing Oliver Roberts, Daniel Smith and Jake Wardle.

  • The Giants have now won 11 of their last 12 Super League matches and have closed the gap on the top 4 to just four points as they continue to chase an unlikely semi-final berth.

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Arona, Ashurst, Batchelor, Crowther, England, Grix, Hampshire, Hirst, Horo, Huby, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Jowitt, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: Danny Kirmond, David Fifita, Chris Annakin

  • Wakefield were wasteful as they produced too many errors against league leaders St Helens in their last outing. Trinity were guilty of conceding some soft tries and Saints took full advantage as Wakefield suffered a 16-36 defeat.

  • David Fifiita’s season is over after undergoing surgery last week to ensure he is fit for next season. Chris Annakin is also out so Jordan Crowther and Keegan Hirst return.

  • Wakefield have little to play for throughout the rest of 2018 but will be hoping to end the season on a high. This will be a tough ask though due to the Giants’ impressive form with Wakefield looking to avenge their Round 23 loss to the same side.

THE PREDICTION

Huddersfield continued their fine run of form with another win last time out, making it 11 wins from 12 in the league. They will need to improve that record over the coming weeks to have any chance of making the top 4, starting with hosting Wakefield. Trinity were disappointing in defeat against St Helens in their last game and wasted a decent chance of overturning a side who were low on confidence heading into the game. If those same errors and defensive lapses are present again, they will be on the end of another heavy scoreline with Huddersfield continuing their superb run here.