2018 Super League – Huddersfield Giants vs Wigan Warriors Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 12th July, 19:45

Where? John Smith's Stadium

What channel is it on? Huddersfield Giants vs Wigan Warriors 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, Mamo, McGillvary, McIntosh, Mellor, Murphy, O’Brien, Rankin, Roberts, Smith, Turner, Wardle

Unavailable: Tyler Dickinson, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Kruise Leeming, Ukuma Ta’ai

  • Huddersfield leapfrogged Leeds and with it, took their place in the top 8 after they defeated a poor Hull FC outfit last week. The Giants defended their line well and took their chances in attack as they claimed a comfortable 29-18 win.

  • Simon Woolford has been hit by a triple injury blow in the pack with Kruise Leeming, Sebastine Ikahihifo and Ukuma Ta’ai all unavailable. Sam Wood is also left out with a welcome return for Jake Mamo as well as Dale Ferguson, Alex Mellor and Jake Wardle.

  • After a poor showing against Hull KR in their previous game, a win over Hull FC was a big result for the Giants with that result meaning they have won six of their last seven Super League fixtures.

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Bateman, Clubb, Davies, Escaré, Flower, Gildart, Hamlin, Isa, Kibula, Leuluai, Marshall, Navarette, O’Loughlin, Paisley, Patrington, Powell, Tautai, S. Tomkins, Woods

Unavailable: Joe Burgess, Ryan Sutton, George Williams, Dan Sarginson, Joe Greenwood, Liam Farrell

  • Wigan left it late to defeat Warrington last week as they extended their lead in second place. The Warriors were made to sweat as the Wolves pulled level late on but Josh Woods’ brilliant drop goal in the final minute sealed an important 13-12 win for Wigan.

  • Sean O’Loughlin should be fit after he was a late withdrawal before last week’s game. Romain Navarette has served his ban and comes into the squad alongside Ollie Patrington. Liam Farrell is out with a shoulder injury and drops out with Callum Field.

  • Wigan have won three of their last four Super League games with the Warriors seemingly turning the corner after some poor performances at the back end of May and start of June.

THE PREDICTION

Huddersfield managed to get back to winning ways last week, a result that saw them get back into the top 8 but they face a much sterner test this week. The Giants played well last week but were asked very little questions by Hull with Wigan rolling into town this week. The Warriors managed to preserve their perfect home record so far this season with a narrow win against Warrington last week and will be looking to keep the pressure on St Helens at the top of the Super League table. The Giants have been hit by the loss of arguably their two best forwards in Ukuma Ta’ai and Sebastine Ikahihifo which will be tough to deal with and Wigan can capitalise to claim the two points.