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THE LOWDOWN: GIANTS VS CASTLEFORD

11th April 2019

THE LOWDOWN: GIANTS VS CASTLEFORD

All you need to know ahead of tonight's game with Castleford Tigers

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The Brief:

Huddersfield Giants are aiming to get back to winning ways after a narrow loss last week, meanwhile, Castleford will want to secure back-to-back wins after beating Wigan Warriors last week.

Both teams go to battle on Thursday 11th April at the John Smiths Stadium, in this huge clash which is live on Sky Sports.

Team News:

Aaron Murphy and Jake Wardle return to the squad as they replace Michael Lawrence and Oliver Roberts.

Castleford could give a debut to former Giants prop Daniel Smith after he joined the club last week. Smith is one of three players to come into the squad, along with Mike McMeeken and Junior Moors (neck), while Nathan Massey, Alex Foster and Will Maher drop out.

Huddersfield: McIntosh, McGillvary, Turner, Uate, Gaskell, Frawley, Leeming, Matagi, Murphy, Mellor, O'Brien, Ta'ai, English, Jake Wardle, Russell, Ikahihifo, Hewitt, Senior, Joe Wardle.

Castleford: Clare, Clark, Cook, Eden, Egodo, Holmes, Mata'utia, McMeeken, Millington, Milner, Minikin, Moors, O'Neill, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Smith, Trueman, Turner, Watts.

The Opposition:

In 2018, Wakefield finished 3rd in Super League and finished the Super 8’s in 3rd place. They lost the play-off final 14-0 against Wigan Warriors.

They offloaded Jake Webster, James Green, QLT, and Joe Wardle in the offseason. But signed Jordan Rankin for the 2019 season.

Form:

The Giants clinched their first home win of the season two weeks ago with a 42-8 win against Hull KR. A dominant performance saw Roberts, McIntosh, Matagi score as well a brace from Leeming and McGillvary.

They then recorded a 26-38 win against London Broncos thanks from tries from Wardle, Turner, McGillvary, Ikahihifo, Mellor and two from Uate. They then lost last week 17-16 to Wakefield after Danny Brough slotted a dramatic late drop goal to win the game. Two tries from McIntosh and one from McGillvary wasn’t enough to claim victory, as the Giants aim to bounce back against the Tigers.

Castleford have won two lost two in the last four games. They narrowly beat Salford 24-20 before losing to St Helens 12-42. They then lost to Leeds Rhinos 21-20 in extra time golden point before beating Wigan Warriors 38-28.

Key Players:

Liam Watts

After winning back-to-back Challenge Cups with Hull FC, Liam Watts signed for the Tigers halfway through the 2018 season and has been one of their best performers in recent weeks which have earnt him a place in the England Performance squad. Watts sits joint 7th in the Steve Prescott Man of Steel list with seven points. He has made 1163 metres in 144 carries and has made 22 offloads, only eight off 1st place. Giants must wrap up Watts and the ball well if they want to record their second victory at home.

Jake Trueman

Another key player for Castleford Tigers is Jake Trueman after Luke Gale was ruled out for the season, the departure of Ben Roberts and the injury to Jordan Rankin, 20-year old Trueman will want to guide his team to victory. After winning Super League Young Player of The Year in 2018 his performances have guided Castleford to 3rd place this year and the Giants must be aware of the young halfback on Thursday night.

Key Battles:

Jermaine McGillvary Vs Greg Eden

Two of the best wingers will come head-to-head on Thursday night. Both are prolific for their teams and both will want to inspire their team to two points. Eden has seven tries this year compared to McGillvary’s six. However, McGillvary has made 1019 metres compared to Eden’s 937 metres. McGillvary has 41 tackle busts and Eden has 33 but who will come out on top when the two teams go to battle?

Alex Mellor Vs Oliver Holmes

Both Alex Mellor and Oliver Holmes are arguably underrated but both do fantastic work for their clubs. Holmes has only played four games this year but has racked up 222 metres so far in 35 carries. Meanwhile, Mellor has played nine games and has made 518 metres in 71 carries. Who will guide their team to victory on Sunday?

Previous Meeting:

Castleford comfortably beat Huddersfield in the previous meeting 44-12 in September 2018. Tries from O’Brien and Gaskell weren’t enough as the Tiger’s secured victory.  

You can be the 18th man and help the Giants clinch their second home win of the season. You can get your tickets in numerous ways. You visit the Giants Club Store in person, call 01484 484159 or book online here

 

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