2018 Super League – Hull KR vs Huddersfield Giants Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 29th June, 20:00

Where? KCOM Craven Park

What channel is it on? Hull KR vs Huddersfield Giants will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? http://www.tickethour.co.uk/hkr-ww/showProductList.html

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

HULL KR

Head Coach: Tim Sheens

Squad: Atkin, Blair, Clarkson, Donaldson, Greenwood, Jewitt, Kavanagh, Lee, Lunt, Masoe, McGuire, Mulhern, Quinlan, Salter, Scruton, Shaw, Tickle, Tomkins, Vaivai

Unavailable: Danny Addy, George Lawler, Andrew Heffernan, Thomas Minns, Justin Carney

  • Hull KR fought back to claim a valuable point in their last outing against Castleford. The Robins found themselves 14-0 down but came back to almost snatch a late win. Both teams traded drop goal attempts but couldn’t find the target as they settled for a 24-all draw.

  • Rovers are boosted by the return of Danny McGuire, Robbie Mulhern and Tommy Lee. They take the place of Matty Marsh, Elliot Wallis and Aaron Smith in the 19-man squad.

  • Of Hull KR’s four wins this season, three have come at home and they will need to make that four if they are to stand any chance of avoiding the Middle 8s.

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

Head Coach: Simon Woolford

Squad: Cudjoe, English, Gaskell, Hewitt, Hinchcliffe, Ikahihifo, Lawrence, Leeming, McGillvary, McIntosh, Mellor, Murphy, O’Brien, Rankin, Roberts, Russell, Smith, Turner, Wood

Unavailable: Adam Walne, Tyler Dickinson, Ukuma Ta’ai, Jake Mamo, Danny Brough, Paul Clough, Dale Ferguson

  • Huddersfield produced a sensational comeback to defeat Catalans in their last game and retain their place in the top 8. The Giants found themselves 0-18 down early on but a late penalty from Oliver Russell sealed a narrow 26-25 win.

  • Simon Woolford has made just the solitary change to his 19-man squad with Dale Ferguson dropping out in place of youngster Sam Hewitt.

  • Huddersfield have now won five consecutive Super League games as their mid-season revival gathers pace. With the Giants just a point ahead of ninth-placed Catalans, Huddersfield need to keep their winning run going if they are to qualify for the Super 8s.

THE PREDICTION

Hull KR’s fate in terms of which competition they will be playing in after the league split could be all but confirmed with a defeat against Huddersfield in this game, the side they currently need to catch to force their way into the top 8. The Giants are six points clear of Rovers with just 10 points to play for and if that gap increases to eight points after this game, it will leave the Robins with too much to do. They will fancy their chances of a win with the return of Danny McGuire whilst Robbie Mulhern also returns and was in good form before his injury lay-off. However, Huddersfield have won five in a row and will be full of confidence after their come-from-behind win against Catalans in their last game with the Giants capable of extending this winning run to six matches.