2018 Super League – Wakefield Trinity vs Huddersfield Giants Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 20th May, 15:15

Where? St James’ Park

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? http://www.rugby-league.com/tickets/magic_weekend

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Arona, Ashurst, Batchelor, Caton-Brown, England, Fifita, Finn, Hampshire, Hirst, Horo, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Kirmond, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: Jordan Crowther, Joe Arundel, Jordan Baldwinson, Chris Annakin, Craig Huby

  • Wakefield were knocked out of the Challenge Cup by Huddersfield last week after Trinity failed to back up their impressive performance in the league in the previous week. Wakefield hammered Hull KR 54-18

  • Danny Kirmond and Mason Caton-Brown return to the squad with Joe Arundel and Max Jowitt missing out.

  • Wakefield have an identical record in terms of points for and against so far this season. They have scored 266 points whilst also conceding the same amount.

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

Head Coach: Simon Woolford

Squad: Brough, Clough, Dickinson, English, Gaskell, Hinchcliffe, Ikahihifo, Lawrence, Leeming, Mamo, McGillvary, McIntosh, Mellor, Murphy, O’Brien, Rankin, Roberts, Ta’ai, Turner

Unavailable: Leroy Cudjoe, Dale Ferguson, Colton Roche, Shannon Wakeman, Adam Walne, Daniel Smith, Jacob Wardle, Sam Wood

  • Huddersfield knocked Wakefield out of the Challenge Cup last week after they won back-to-back games for the first time this season after defeating Widnes 28-18 in their last Super League game.

  • The Giants welcome back Oliver Roberts and Aaron Murphy with Daniel Smith and Sam Wood dropping out of the 19-man squad.

  • Huddersfield have conceded 435 points this season, 90 points more than the team with the season highest number of points allowed in Catalans. That equates to 31.1 points per game, a number that new coach Simon Woolford will be hoping to reduce when he arrives in the country.

THE PREDICTION

In a repeat of last weekend’s Challenge Cup game, Wakefield face Huddersfield with Trinity looking to right the wrongs of last week’s defeat. The Giants overcame a half-time deficit to win their second game in a row in all competitions after they defeated Widnes in their last Super League outing. Wakefield will be hoping a return to the league can see them pick up where they left off from their last game against Hull KR when they posted 54 points. Huddersfield will feel they can build on their last two performances but Wakefield can learn their lessons from last week and earn the two points.