Huddersfield Giants vs St Helens Preview

The Lowdown

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

  • Huddersfield produced their second impressive victory in a row when they comprehensively defeated Catalans 12-56 in the South of France, a result which saw the Giants leapfrog the Dragons into 8th place.
  • Rick Stone has named a bittersweet 19-man squad. Long-term absentee Ukuma Ta'ai has recovered from a back injury, but that news is tempered by the loss of new signing Jordan Turner who has picked up a hamstring injury.
  • Huddersfield have won four of their last six games but only one of those has come at home, with the Giants only winning one of their last five Super League games at the John Smith's Stadium.

Head Coach: Rick Stone

Squad: Danny Brough, Paul Clough, Leroy Cudjoe, Dale Ferguson, Lee Gaskell, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Kruise Leeming, Jake Mamo, Nathan Mason, Jermaine McGillvary, Alex Mellor, Aaron Murphy, Adam O'Brien, Sam Rapira, Martyn Ridyard, Oliver Roberts, Ukuma Ta'ai, Shannon Wakeman

Unavailable: Tom Symonds (Knee), Michael Lawrence (Knee), Jordan Turner (Hamstring)

ST HELENS

  • St. Helens bounced back from their disappointing late defeat against Castleford by seeing off Widnes 26-10 in a relatively comfortable win last Friday.
  • Justin Holbrook has selected Danny Richardson in his 19-man squad, having been a late inclusion on the bench against Widnes. Dominique Peyroux is the man to lose his spot in the squad as a result.
  • Saints' home form has been impressive this season, but they have struggled away from home and have lost their last five Super League games on the road.

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Kyle Amor, Luke Douglas, Theo Fages, Regan Grace, Morgan Knowles, Tommy Lee, Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Ryan Morgan, Mark Percival, Danny Richardson, James Roby, Matty Smith, Adam Swift, Zeb Taia, Luke Thompson, Alex Walmsley, Jon Wilkin

Unavailable:

Analysis - what to expect
This rearranged game from the May Bank Holiday double header represents a big opportunity for both sides to try and ensure their goals for the season are a step closer to coming to fruition. Huddersfield's upturn in form has seen them climb into the top 8 for the first time since the early weeks of the season. Saints currently sit in 6th, six points away from 4th place where they would ideally like to be come the league split. Huddersfield have been poor at home but Saints have been even worse away from home, so it might be best to side with Huddersfield who will look to continue their revival with a crucial win here.