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15 Sep 2017 by TSZ

St Helens vs Huddersfield Giants Preview

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The Lowdown

ST HELENS

  • St Helens snatched a late win at Wakefield last week to keep their top four hopes alive. They were only ahead for the final three minutes of the game but it was enough for a crucial victory.
  • Saints have won seven of their last nine Super League games but that must become nine from 11 if they are to have any chance of earning a semi-final berth.
  • Justin Holbrook recalls prop Kyle Amor after his surprise omission last weekend, with Matty Lees the man to make way after he made his debut in the Wakefield game.

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Kyle Amor, Ben Barba, Luke Douglas, Theo Fages, Regan Grace, Morgan Knowles, Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Ryan Morgan, Mark Percival, Dominique Peyroux, Danny Richardson, James Roby, Matty Smith, Zeb Taia, Luke Thompson, Alex Walmsley, Jon Wilkin

Unavailable: Tommy Lee, Adam Swift, Jake Spedding, Matty Lees

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

  • Huddersfield's slim hopes of making the top four were comprehensively ended as they put in a poor display against Salford, with the Red Devils running up a big scoreline as they came away 52-14 winners.
  • Part of Huddersfield's failure to make the top four is down to the Giants' poor away form, having lost four of their last five games on the road in Super League.
  • With only pride left to play for this season, head coach Rick Stone has called on his squad to bounce back with a much improved performance this week. Tyler Dickinson and Sam Wood are called up to replace the injured pair of Shannon Wakeman and Sebastine Ikahihifo.

Head Coach: Rick Stone

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

Unavailable: Tom Symonds (Knee), Jake Mamo (Foot), Aaron Murphy (Toe), Martyn Ridyard (Shoulder), Shannon Wakeman (Injured), Sebastine Ikahihifo (Injured), Nathan Mason, Gene Ormsby

Analysis - what to expect
St Helens' season was almost ended by Wakefield last week but the late Jonny Lomax try kept their top four hopes alive and they now head to home soil to maintain the pressure on the sides above them. They will face a Huddersfield side who have nothing to play for but it remains to be seen which Giants side will turn up. They could put in a solid display with no pressure on them or they could put the cue on the rack like at Salford last week. Saints will be hoping it's the latter with them only losing to the Giants at home in the league on three of the last 11 occasions. They should have too much although expect more of a fight than Huddersfield put up last week.

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