2019 Super League – Huddersfield Giants vs St Helens Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Huddersfield Giants vs St Helens taking place? Thursday 14th March, 19:45

Where is Huddersfield Giants vs St Helens taking place? John Smith's Stadium

What channel is Huddersfield Giants vs St Helens on in the UK? Sky Sports Arena

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

Where can I get tickets for Huddersfield Giants vs St Helens?

Huddersfield Giants – https://giants.tickethour.co.uk/

St Helens – https://www.saintsrlfc.com/tickets/match-tickets/

THE TEAM NEWS

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

Head Coach: Simon Woolford

Squad: English, Frawley, Gaskell, Hewitt, Ikahihifo, Lawrence, Leeming, Matagi, McGillvary, McIntosh, Mellor, Roberts, Roche, I. Senior, Ta’ai, Turner, Uate, Ja. Wardle, Jo. Wardle

Unavailable: Leroy Cudjoe, Dale Ferguson, Paul Clough, Adam Walne, Scott Grix, Aaron Murphy, Adam O’Brien

  • Huddersfield claimed their first win of the season as they overcame reigning champions Wigan in a scrappy contest last week but now face unbeaten St Helens in their quest for back-to-back wins.

  • Kruise Leeming was instrumental for the Giants last week with Joe Wardle and Aaron Murphy also playing key roles despite an early clash of heads but the latter misses out this week through injury.

  • Adam O’Brien is also out for Simon Woolford’s men but in better news for the Giants, they are able to welcome back Colton Roche and Matty English after the pair missed out last weekend.

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Amor, Ashworth, Coote, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lees, Lomax, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Naiqama, Paulo, Percival, Peyroux, Roby, Smith, Taia, Thompson, Walmsley

Unavailable:

  • St Helens are now the only side with a 100% record after they nilled London Broncos last week to claim top spot in Super League with the Saints looking to increase their lead in this Thursday night fixture.

  • James Roby was afforded a rest against London in order to prevent aggravating a knock but he should be fine to return for the Saints here and has been named in the 19-man squad this week.

  • Aaron Smith deputised for Roby last week and has been rewarded for his performance with a place in the squad. He is likely to be on the bench if Roby is not 100% fit with James Bentley missing out on the 19.

THE PREDICTION

Huddersfield finally won their first game of the season at the fifth time of asking as they defeated Wigan last week but face a tough test against the unbeaten St Helens to go back-to-back and with James Roby back in the mix for the league leaders, Saints can win again. They have defended well so far and despite not hitting the heights of last season’s attacking prowess just yet, they are proving a tough nut to crack having conceded an average of just 11.2 per game with Huddersfield set to struggle as the joint-lowest scorers in the league so far.