Warrington Wolves vs Huddersfield Giants Preview

17th Apr 2017 by TSZ

The Lowdown

WARRINGTON WOLVES

  • Warrington's season has finally kick-started with two wins in a row now and they will be looking to make it three against a struggling Huddersfield Giants side.
  • Following Thursday's win over Widnes, they have lost Ryan Atkins and Matty Russell after both received blows to the head so their lengthy list of absentees grows further for this game.
  • Mike Cooper, Daryl Clark and Joe Westerman have all come back into the squad for this game but they will face fitness tests as Tony Smith's selection is severely hampered once again by injuries.

Head Coach: Tony Smith

Squad: Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Brad Dwyer, Rhys Evans, Kurt Gidley, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Benjamin Jullien, George King, Toby King, Tom Lineham, Harvey Livett, Declan Patton, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Andre Savelio, Ashton Sims, Joe Westerman, Sam Wilde

Unavailable: Ryan Atkins (Head), Matty Russell (Head), Ben Westwood (Suspended), Kevin Brown (Head), Ben Currie (Knee), Dom Crosby (Personal reasons), Matty Blythe, Jack Johnson

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

  • Huddersfield's poor run of form continues and the loss to the Catalans on Wednesday night was another low in what is turning out to be a poor season for them.
  • They sit one place and one point above their opponents here so the pressure is on them to get a result but they have to do that without skipper Leroy Cudjoe and Tom Symonds.
  • Ryan Brierley and Daniel Smith are the two players to come back into the squad as they look to get their first win since February 24th and edge their way back up the table.

Head Coach: Rick Stone

Squad: Ryan Brierley, Danny Brough, Paul Clough, Tyler Dickinson, Lee Gaskell, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Kruise Leeming, Jake Mamo, Nathan Mason, Jermaine McGillvary, Darnell McIntosh, Alex Mellor, Aaron Murphy, Sam Rapira, Oliver Roberts, Daniel Smith, Shannon Wakeman, Sam Wood

Unavailable: Tom Symonds, Leroy Cudjoe, Ukuma Ta’ai, Dale Ferguson, Mikey Wood, Michael Lawrence, Gene Ormsby


Analysis - what to expect              
The Wolves and the Giants are going in different directions at the moment despite the fact the Giants sit just above the Wolves in the standings. Tony Smith still has several absentees to deal with but the mood and spirit among his men is much improved of late and that has seen their performance levels rise. The Giants are unpredictable but are struggling right now and they will find it difficult to take anything back across the M62.

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