Huddersfield Giants vs Leigh Centurions Preview
14th Jul 2017 by TSZ
- Huddersfield extended their unbeaten run at home to four league matches after they nilled Widnes last week, with the result leaving the Giants one win away from securing their place in the Super 8s.
- Rick Stone is unable to call upon Leigh loanee Martyn Ridyard, who is ineligible to face his parent club. However, prop Sebastine Ikahihifo has recovered from a head knock and returns to the 19-man squad.
- After losing just one of their last six games, a key indicator to Huddersfield's upturn in form could lie in their quick starts to matches, having scored the first try in each of those last six games.
Head Coach: Rick Stone
Squad: Danny Brough, Paul Clough, Leroy Cudjoe, Tyler Dickinson, Dale Ferguson, Lee Gaskell, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Kruise Leeming, Jermaine McGillvary, Darnell McIntosh, Alex Mellor, Adam O'Brien, Jordan Rankin, Sam Rapira, Oliver Roberts, Ukuma Ta'ai, Shannon Wakeman, Sam Wood
Unavailable: Tom Symonds (Knee), Michael Lawrence (Knee), Jordan Turner (Hamstring), Jake Mamo (Foot), Aaron Murphy (Toe), Nathan Mason (Leg), Martyn Ridyard (Ineligible)
- Leigh suffered a big defeat at the hands of Warrington as they went down 50-10 against the Wolves, which continued Leigh's miserable run of form and kept them rooted to the bottom of the Super League table.
- Leigh have now won just two of their last 15 Super League games and will be hoping to try and gain some momentum ahead of their battle to remain in the top flight.
- Neil Jukes is without Jamie Acton for a second week as his hearing for a contrary behaviour charge has been put back another week, whilst Ben Crooks is back from his suspension as well as long-term absentee Gareth Hock.
Head Coach: Neil Jukes
Squad: Mitch Brown, Lachlan Burr, Ben Crooks, Matty Dawson, Josh Drinkwater, Adam Higson, Harrison Hansen, Micky Higham, Gareth Hock, Sam Hopkins, Samisoni Langi, Antoni Maria, Daniel Mortimer, Cory Paterson, Eloi Pelissier, Ben Reynolds, Glenn Stewart, Danny Tickle, Atelea Vea
Unavailable: Jamie Acton (Suspended), James Clare (Knee), Gregg McNally (Injured), Ryan Hampshire, James Green, Liam Hood, Nick Rawsthorne
Analysis - what to expect
From looking like they were heading back to the Middle 8s once again, Huddersfield have produced some fine performances to turn their season around and they now sit just a single win away from securing a place in the Super 8s. The Giants look a different team to the one that has languished in the bottom 4 for the majority of the season. As well as starting games well, they have also been finishing strongly and have scored the last try of the game in 11 of their previous 13 league matches. Leigh on the other hand have been struggling to get themselves ahead in games and when going in behind at half-time, they've gone on to lose all 13 games in which this has happened. This game means more to Huddersfield and with their recent form, it could be another big win for the Giants.
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