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23 Jun 2017 by TSZ

Huddersfield Giants vs Wigan Warriors Preview

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The Lowdown

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

  • Huddersfield continued their recent revival to win their third game in a row by beating St. Helens last weekend, a result which saw the Giants jump to 7th place in the table.
  • Rick Stone is forced to make three changes to his 19-man squad, with Sam Rapira serving a suspension and Adam O'Brien injured. However, the biggest loss comes at fullback with in-form Jake Mamo out for around six weeks with a foot injury.
  • Huddersfield have struggled against Wigan in recent meetings, with the Warriors unbeaten in their last eight league encounters. Seven of those were losses for Huddersfield with them claiming a draw at the DW Stadium earlier in the season.

Head Coach: Rick Stone

Squad: Danny Brough, Paul Clough, Leroy Cudjoe, Tyler Dickinson, Dale Ferguson, Lee Gaskell, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Kruise Leeming, Nathan Mason, Jermaine McGillvary, Darnell McIntosh, Alex Mellor, Aaron Murphy, Martyn Ridyard, Oliver Roberts, Ukuma Ta'ai, Shannon Wakeman, Sam Wood

Unavailable: Sam Rapira (Suspended), Tom Symonds (Knee), Michael Lawrence (Knee), Jordan Turner (Hamstring), Jake Mamo (Foot), Adam O'Brien (Foot)

WIGAN WARRIORS

  • Wigan's troubles in Super League were put to one side as they progressed to the semi-final of the Challenge Cup by beating Warrington last weekend.
  • The Warriors have failed to win any of their last seven matches in Super League and now sit in a precarious position in 8th place as they look to avoid dropping into the Middle 8s.
  • With the exception of a few season-ending injuries, Shaun Wane's squad isn't far away from being full strength. Anthony Gelling and Taulima Tautai have picked up minor knocks with Lewis Tierney and Callum Field taking their place in the 19-man squad.

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: John Bateman, Joe Burgess, Tom Davies, Liam Farrell, Callum Field, Oliver Gildart, Willie Isa, Thomas Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Michael Mcilorum, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Sean O'Loughlin, Sam Powell, Ryan Sutton, Lewis Tierney, Joel Tomkins, Sam Tomkins, Jack Wells, George Williams

Unavailable: Ben Flower (Achilles), Morgan Escaré (Knee), Tony Clubb (Kidney), Dom Manfredi (Knee), Jake Shorrocks (Knee), Anthony Gelling (Knee), Taulima Tautai (Calf)

Analysis - what to expect
With Warrington and Catalans facing off on Saturday, the gap between the loser of this game and the side that ends the weekend in 9th place could be as little as a single point. Huddersfield head into this game having won four of their last five games but know the job isn't done as they look to end the season in the Super 8s. Wigan on the other hand haven't won any of their last seven league games. The loss of Mamo for Huddersfield is huge after his recent form and with Wigan's record against Huddersfield, they might end their winless run.

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