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21 Sep 2017 by TSZ

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The Lowdown

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

  • Huddersfield's season cannot end soon enough after they conceded 40 points for the second week on the trot, this time at the hands of St Helens.
  • The Giants will finish the season in eighth-place after three defeats in a row although they will hope to finish the season on a high at home where they have lost just once in their last seven league fixtures.
  • Rick Stone welcomes back Huddersfield's Player of the Year Sebastine Ikahihifo after he missed out with a knock last week. Nathan Mason is also recalled with Dale Ferguson and Oliver Roberts sidelined through injury.

Head Coach: Rick Stone

Squad: Danny Brough, Paul Clough, Leroy Cudjoe, Tyler Dickinson, Lee Gaskell, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Michael Lawrence, Kruise Leeming, Nathan Mason, Jermaine McGillvary, Darnell McIntosh, Alex Mellor, Adam O'Brien, Jordan Rankin, Sam Rapira, Ukuma Ta'ai, Jordan Turner, Sam Wood

Unavailable: Tom Symonds (Knee), Jake Mamo (Foot), Aaron Murphy (Toe), Martyn Ridyard (Shoulder), Oliver Roberts (Hamstring), Dale Ferguson (Shoulder),Shannon Wakeman (Injured), Gene Ormsby

LEEDS RHINOS

  • Leeds were comprehensive winners at home to Salford last week, restricting the Red Devils to just a penalty goal whilst scoring 44 points in the process.
  • Leeds now head away before returning back to Headingley for their semi-final next week. The Rhinos will be hoping to build some momentum ahead of that game but must overturn their poor away form having lost their last three on the road.
  • Brian McDermott has decided not to risk Stevie Ward and Brad Singleton ahead of their semi-final next week after both picked up knocks last week. Jack Walker and Jordan Lilley come in to the 19-man squad in their place.

Head Coach: Brian McDermott

Squad: Carl Ablett, Tom Briscoe, Rob Burrow, Adam Cuthbertson, Brett Delaney, Brett Ferres, Mitch Garbutt, Ashton Golding, Ryan Hall, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Jimmy Keinhorst, Jordan Lilley, Danny McGuire, Joel Moon, Anthony Mullally, Matt Parcell, Liam Sutcliffe, Jack Walker, Kallum Watkins

Unavailable: Keith Galloway (Achilles), Josh Walters (Knee) Ash Handley (Knee), Stevie Ward (Injured), Brad Singleton (Injured)

Analysis - what to expect
In the one game of the weekend that doesn't carry any real meaning, Huddersfield and Leeds will both be looking to end the league season on a high but for differing reasons. The Giants are playing for nothing but pride after having their eighth-place finish confirmed last week following their third defeat in a row. Leeds on the other hand are looking to build some momentum to take into their semi-final next week. Huddersfield have won four of the last five meeting between the two sides and may extend that run if Leeds have one eye on next week.

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