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03 Aug 2017 by TSZ

Huddersfield Giants vs Wakefield Trinity Preview

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The Lowdown

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

  • Huddersfield begin their Super 8s campaign with the most work to do in order to qualify for the semi-finals. The Giants currently sit in eighth place, five points away from the top four with just the seven games to play.
  • Rick Stone is able to recall Jordan Turner to his 19-man squad along with Nathan Mason and Daniel Smith. Dale Ferguson, Oliver Roberts and Martyn Ridyard are the men to make way.
  • Huddersfield are unbeaten at home in their last five Super League encounters having won four games and drawing the other during that run.

Head Coach: Rick Stone

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

Unavailable: Tom Symonds (Knee), Michael Lawrence (Knee), Jake Mamo (Foot), Aaron Murphy (Toe), Dale Ferguson, Oliver Roberts, Martyn Ridyard

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

  • Wakefield missed out on a top four spot on points difference as they couldn't keep St. Helens from running out comfortable winners in their last game of the regular season.
  • Chris Chester has received a timely boost ahead of his side's Super 8s opener with Jacob Miller making a welcome return from a broken leg. Anthony England is also recalled with David Fifita and Craig Huby the two who miss out.
  • Wakefield have had the better of the meetings between the two sides recently, winning four of the last five contests against the Giants in all competitions.

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Chris Annakin, Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, Mason Caton-Brown, Anthony England, Liam Finn, James Hasson, Scott Grix, Dean Hadley, Keegan Hirst, Ben Jones-Bishop, Danny Kirmond, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Bill Tupou, Adam Walker, Sam Williams, Kyle Wood

Unavailable: Tom Johnstone (Knee), Mitch Allgood (Injured), James Batchelor (Injured), Max Jowitt, David Fifita, Craig Huby

Analysis - what to expect
Even at this early stage of the Super 8s, it's already must-win territory for Huddersfield who will need a near perfect run to challenge for a top four spot. Starting five points behind the top four with just 14 points available is a big task, not just because of the points they're behind but also the fact that they have to leapfrog four other teams in the process. Wakefield begin the Super 8s in a healthier position as they find themselves out of the top four on points difference. It's an intriguing match-up for both sides and one that both will be looking to start well for different reasons. Huddersfield have scored the first try of the game in eight of their 11 home games this season whilst Wakefield have been in front at half time on 16 occasions, the most in Super League. This should be a close contest but the home side may just edge it and keep their top four hopes alive.

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