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SUPER LEAGUE PREVIEW | Warrington Wolves vs Huddersfield Giants

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Warrington Wolves

Warrington make multiple changes from the side that beat Bradford in the Challenge Cup, including returns for Kevin Brown and Daryl Clark, who were both rested last weekend.

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Ben Murdoch-Masila return to the 19-man squad for the first time since Easter Monday, having been kept out with a knee injury.

A great run of form in the league, coupled with last week’s cup success, sees the Wolves in high spirits, as they surged up the table into third position.

Warrington Wolves 19-man squad: Sitaleki Akauola, Ryan Atkins, Kevin Brown, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Bryson Goodwin, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, George King, Tom Lineham, Harvey Livett, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Declan Patton, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Tyrone Roberts, Morgan Smith, Ben Westwood

Huddersfield Giants

The Giants have made three alterations to the side that was hammered last weekend by St Helens.

Shannon Wakeman, Adam Walne and Innes Senior are replaced by Michael Lawerence, Jared Simpson and Jake Mamo.

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With only one point in their last seven matches, the Giants are in need of a victory.

Having been convincingly beaten 66-4, pressure has mounted on interim coach Chris Thorman, who may well be taking charge of the side for the last time before a permanent successor takes the reigns.

Huddersfield Giants 19-man squad: Jake Mamo, Jordan Turner, Aaron Murphy, Lee Gaskell, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Kruise Leeming ,Michael Lawrence, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Jordan Rankin, Oliver Roberts , Ukuma Ta’ai, Paul Clough, Daniel Smith, Adam O’Brien, Alex Mellor, Darnell McIntosh, Tyler Dickinson, Sam Wood, Jared Simpson

HEAD TO HEAD

This is the second meeting of the year between the two sides, with the first resulting in a 20-6 victory for the Giants.

Despite their poor run of form, the Giants will be optimistic, with five out of the last seven meetings going in their favour.

One of the key factors for this match could be the location- seven out of the last 10 meetings have been won by the home team, suggesting that Warrington may have the upper hand.

KEY BATTLE- Stefan Ratchford v Jake Mamo

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With games generally high scoring between the two sides, the key battle could be between the fullbacks.

Ratchford has made a solid start to the year helping his side in many ways. One of the ways he has been beneficial is his meters made; currently Ratchford sits sixth out of anybody in the league.

Add into the equation his two tries and 21 goals, Stef has certainly been  a key figure in Warrington’s success.

Despite having a poor season so far, Jake Mamo will be looking to regain the same form as last year.

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Mamo scored 12 tries last season in only nine appearances and this will be the Australian’s first appearance since 9th March.

If Mamo can retain similar form to last season, he will go along way to helping his side change their abysmal form and help them to avoid the Middle 8s.

THE IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date: Friday, April 27
Venue: Halliwell Jones Stadium
Kick-off: 7:45
Referee: T. Grant

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