Last season placing: 3rd
Huddersfield Giants picked up the fewest defeats across the league in 2014 but finished the season in 3rd place; one point behind League Leader’s St Helens. Defeats to Wigan and Catalans in the play-offs ended the Giants’ hopes of making the Grand Final and they will be looking for a better outcome to the 2015 season.
There has been little change in the side from 2014. Jamie Ellis has been recruited from Castleford and will compete with Luke Robinson and Danny Brough for a place in the halves. Craig Huby has also made the short trip over from the Tigers and will be looking to continue the impressive form he showed last season.
Antonio Kaufusi, David Faiumu and Jason Chan have all returned to Australia, with head coach Paul Anderson optimistic his youngsters can step up to the plate when required.
Danny Brough’s influence in this Huddersfield side is key and the Giants’ performances dropped towards the end of last season in his absence.
Shaun Lunt is a valuable asset at orchestrating play from dummy-half and getting the team moving forwards, and could be key to any success the Giants have this year.
Huddersfield fans will be hoping that there team fare a lot better towards the end of the campaign in 2015 than in previous seasons. The Giants have been a consistent side in the league but crumbled when it has mattered during play-off ties. The Super 8s should suite Huddersfield more as they look to make their first Grand Final.
Story of 2015:
Huddersfield have been one of the most consistent sides in the league over the last few seasons and 2015 should be no different. The Giants seem certain to make the Super 8s but a top four finish is questionable. Keeping the side fit will be important as they arguably lack the strength in depth that their rivals at the top have.