2018 Super League – Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 04th May, 19:45

Where? John Smith's Stadium

What channel is it on? Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

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

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

Head Coach: Simon Woolford

Squad: Clough, Dickinson, English Gaskell, Hinchcliffe, Ikahihifo, Lawrence, Leeming, Mamo, McIntosh, Mellor, O’Brien, Rankin, Russell, Smith, Ta’ai, Turner, Wardle, Wood

Unavailable: Leroy Cudjoe, Jermaine McGilvary, Dale Ferguson, Danny Brough, Colton Roche, Shannon Wakeman, Adam Walne, Aaron Murphy, Oliver Roberts, Jared Simpson

  • Huddersfield’s miserable run of form continued as they were comfortably beaten 38-4 last week. The Giants have now appointed a new head coach with Newcastle Knights assistant Simon Woolford named as Rick Stone’s successor.
  • Chris Thorman remains in charge until Woolford arrives in the country and has called-up two Academy products with Oliver Russel and Jake Wardle in line to make their debuts if selected. Matty English also returns with Jared Simpson, Aaron Murphy and Oliver Roberts joining the long list of unavailable players.
  • Huddersfield have now failed to win any of their last eight matches with their last victory coming on the 9th March against Widnes with that run now seeing them prop up the Super League table.

WIDNES VIKINGS

Head Coach: Denis Betts

Squad: Ah Van, Albert, Burke, Cahill, J. Chapelhow, Craven, Gerrard, Gilmore, Hanbury, Heremaia, Ince, Johnstone, Keinhorst, Leuluai, Olbison, Runciman, White, Whitley, Wilde

Unavailable: Stanton Albert, Krisnan Inu, Brad Walker, Keanan Brand, Gil Dudson, Stefan Marsh, Chris Dean, Chris Houston, Joe Mellor, Danny Walker, Ed Chamberlain, Ted Chapelhow

  • Widnes couldn’t hold on to a good half-time lead as they lost at home to Wigan last week. The Vikings were 18-4 up at the break but allowed the Warriors to hit back in a quick spell after the break with Widnes eventually going down 24-32.
  • Ed Chamberlain, Ted Chapelhow and Owen Farnworth make way for the returning Aaron Heremaia, Wellington Albert and Charly Runciman in three changes to last week’s 19-man squad.
  • Widnes have now lost their last five Super League matches and are without an away win all season with them losing all four of their games on the road.

THE PREDICTION

This is a huge game at the bottom of the table and could potentially be a season-defining night for both sides. Widnes sit four points away from eighth-placed Salford whilst Huddersfield are a point further back. The loser of this game might leave themselves too much to do in order to avoid the Middle 8s but the winner may be able to kick-start their season and mount a challenge for the Super 8s. Huddersfield will be buoyed by the announcement of a new head coach but with him not arriving in the country until next week that may have a negligible effect. Despite Widnes not managing an away win all season, they gave a good account of themselves at home to Wigan last week and can win this one against an injury-ravaged Huddersfield.