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12 Apr 2017 by TSZ

Huddersfield Giants vs Catalans Dragons Preview

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The Lowdown

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

  • Huddersfield are becoming draw specialists in the Super League having drawn two of their last four matches and they will take positives from that tie with the Saints despite not winning in their last six games.
  • They can finally give a debut to Jake Mamo who has now recovered from an ankle problem that has held him out of their opening nine games and the return of the star half-back signing in the off-season will boost them.
  • Tom Symonds is also available after injury to join the 19-man squad while Ukuma Ta'ai and Dale Ferguson drop out of contention as the Giants look to snap this six-match winless run.

Head Coach: Rick Stone

Squad: Danny Brough, Paul Clough, Leroy Cudjoe, Tyler Dickinson, Lee Gaskell, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Kruise Leeming, Jake Mamo, Nathan Mason, Jermaine McGillvary, Darnell McIntosh, Alex Mellor, Aaron Murphy, Sam Rapira, Oliver Roberts, Tom Symonds, Shannon Wakeman, Sam Wood

Unavailable: Ukuma Ta’ai, Dale Ferguson, Mikey Wood, Michael Lawrence, Ryan Brierley, Gene Ormsby, Daniel Smith

CATALANS DRAGONS

  • The Catalans picked up a much-needed win to snap a five-match winless streak last week as they scored 37 points against a valiant Leigh side on the return of key man Tony Gigot from suspension.
  • Gigot scored a try on his return to the side and his inclusion is a major boost although they have lost Luke Burgess to a serious knee injury and Jason Baitieri and Alrix Da Costa also drop out.
  • Young prop Lambert Belmas comes into the squad and could make his debut while they can count on Thomas Bosc once again and his return will be a boost despite the various absentees.

Head Coach: Laurent Frayssinous

Squad: Paul Aiton, Lucas Albert, Louis Anderson, Lambert Belmas, Thomas Bosc, Julian Bousquet, Remi Casty, Vincent Duport, Ben Garcia, Tony Gigot, Krisnan Inu, Thibaut Margalet, Sam Moa, Richie Myler, Paul Seguier, Mickael Simon, Iain Thornley, Luke Walsh, Brayden Wiliame

Unavailable: Luke Burgess (Knee), Jason Baitieri (Injured), Alrix Da Costa (Injured), Fouad Yaha (Injured), Justin Horo (Injured), Greg Bird (Thumb), Jodie Broughton


Analysis - what to expect
The Giants and the Dragons meet on a rare Wednesday night game which sees a short turnaround since the last game but will benefit them more on Monday having had more rest than other teams. Team news as well as home advantage will favour the Giants in what should be a high scoring game between these two. The Dragons have Gigot back pulling the strings, but this will be a tough ask for them if the Giants turn up and can build on last week.

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