Date: Thursday 28th August
Venue: Halliwell Jones Stadium
Warrington: Atkins, Currie, England, R. Evans, Grix, Harrison, Higham, Hill, Laithwaite, J. Monaghan, M. Monaghan, Myler, O’Brien, Ormsby, Ratchford, Russell, Waterhouse, Westwood, Wood
Huddersfield: Grix, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, Murphy, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Bailey, Lawrence, Patrick, Faiumu, Ta’ai, Broughton, Kaufusi, Mullally
Huddersfield Giants will be looking for their 5th consecutive win this Thursday when they face Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
In what is proving to be the closest ever Super League season at the top, both sides go in to the game level on 32 points, with Warrington 4th and Huddersfield 6th due to the Wolves’ superior points difference. Challenge Cup finalists Leeds and Castleford are also on 32 points and a win for either side on Thursday is vital as both sides seek a top 4 finish.
Both clubs still have an outside chance of picking up the League Leader’s Shield also, particularly with both teams playing table toppers St Helens in the final 2 fixtures. Huddersfield lifted the shield last season, as did Warrington in 2011, but the losing team on Thursday night will see their chances of collecting the Shield diminished.
Chris Bridge is injured and misses out for the Wolves with Richie Myler looking to be recalled to the side. Once again all eyes will be on who Tony Smith selects in the halves, and should Stefan Ratchford get the nod ahead of Gareth O’Brien, youngster Gene Ormsby could return on the wing with Joel Monaghan being pushed in to the centres.
Meanwhile centre Leroy Cudjoe provides a welcomed return to the Giants team for Paul Anderson having missed the last 3 games with a hip injury. Experienced forward David Faiumu also returns for Huddersfield.
Warrington put together an emphatic second half performance the last time the sides met earlier on this season, as the Wolves came from behind to win 33-14 at the John Smith’s Stadium. Warrington won the fixture 28-2 last season and also beat the Giants in the Play-off semi-final 30-22. Warrington have won the past 7 encounters between the sides, and will be looking to make it 8 wins in a row against the Giants on Thursday.
A close game that could go either way. If Michael Monaghan runs the show as expected, Warrington could edge it.
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