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Super League match preview: Wigan Warriors vs Huddersfield Giants

Date: Friday 13th February
Venue: DW Stadium
Kick-off: 8pm


Wigan Warriors 19-Man Squad

John Bateman, Matt Bowen, Joe Burgess, Josh Charnley, Tony Clubb, Dom Crosby, Liam Farrell, Connor Farrell, Anthony Gelling, Ryan Hampshire, Michael McIlorum, Sean O’Loughlin, Larne Patrick, Sam Powell, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Joel Tomkins, Logan Tomkins, George Williams.

Huddersfield Giants 19-Man Squad

Jermaine McGillvary, Leroy Cudjoe, Joe Wardle, Aaron Murphy, Danny Brough, Luke Robinson, Eorl Crabtree, Shaun Lunt, Craig Huby, Brett Ferres, Jack Hughes, Chris Bailey, Craig Kopczak, Ukuma Ta’ai, Jodie Broughton, Anthony Mullally, Jamie Ellis, Jake Connor, Josh Johnson.


Round two of the 2015 Super League season can’t come quick enough for Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants as they both look to put right a disappointing start to the season.

The hosts Wigan were held to a 22-all draw away to Widnes Vikings, despite having a man advantage due to Patrick Ah Van’s sending off and leading 16-0 early in the first half.

Huddersfield were put to the sword in front of their own fans as Hull FC ruined their season opener by keeping them scoreless in a 19-0 victory.

Both sides will have aspirations of ending the season with silverware and being in the hunt for a place in the Grand Final, as they look to kick-start their season with victory on Friday night.

The last time the two met at the DW Stadium Shaun Wane’s men romped to a 57-4 win in the play-offs, although the last regular season game there ended 24-8 to the visitors.

Despite being nilled in round one, the Giants have opted to name the same 19 man squad with the Warriors making one forced change as the suspended Matty Smith, who took an early guilty plea for kicking Rhys Hanbury, is replace by Ryan Hampshire.

Larne Patrick, on-loan at Wigan, and Jack Hughes, on-loan at Huddersfield, are both set to face their parent club.

Joe Burgess has enjoyed facing the Giants having scored in all three of the meetings between the clubs in 2014 and is also on a run of seven tries in six games.

The visitors won both of the regular season meetings last year and will be hoping for the same this season in a game which is set to be a great and close contest.


A side with no Matty Smith take on a team with Danny Brough. For me Brough’s side will edge this one due to their superiority in the halves, however it is a game that could go either way. My SuperBru predictions is Huddersfield Giants by 8.

My name is Sean Hayes. I am from Widnes, England. I am currently studying journalism at Salford University. Aspiring sports journalist and rugby league fanatic whether it is watching, playing or writing about the greatest game! Follow me on twitter @SHayesNBL

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