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Salford Seeking League Double over Managerless Huddersfield

Salford host Huddersfield at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday aiming for a league double over managerless Huddersfield, after the Giants sacked Paul Anderson on Thursday.

Huddersfield, who will be managed by the club’s head of youth Andy Kelly on Friday, currently sit second from bottom, level on points with Leeds, but a win would bring them level with Salford.

The Giants could also be galvanised by new signing Tom Symonds, who arrived in Huddersfield from Manly this week to pen a three and a half year deal with the club, and is included in the squad straight away.

The Red Devils took the two points in the reverse fixture between the sides earlier in the season with 26-24 victory. In fact, Ian Watson’s men have secured a win from the first meeting between the sides in three of the last four years.

In contrast, they have lost the second meeting twice in three years, something Huddersfield will take pride in. Additionally, the Giants won the corresponding fixture at the AJ Bell last season with 19-0 victory.

Salford didn’t record a single point on that occasion, and they achieved the same feat in their last game, going down to a scrappy 8-0 defeat against Leeds.

Huddersfield winger Jermaine McGillvary has a respectable record against Salford, scoring five tries in seven games against the Red Devils.

Salford also have strong talent, including Daniel Vidot and Junior Sa’u, both of whom could cause lots of problems for the Huddersfield defence.

Salford 19-man squad: O’Brien, Bibby, Carney, Joseph, Lannon, Lui, Hauraki, Dobson, Flanagan, Tomkins, Kopczak, Murdoch-Masila, G Griffin, Jones, Williams, Krasniqi, Sa’u, Vidot, J Walne.

Huddersfield 19-man squad: Grix, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, Brough, Ellis, Crabtree, Symonds, Lawrence, K Wood, Rapira, Ta’ai, Connor, J Johnson, Leeming, Mason, Roberts, Dickinson, Brierley.

 

 

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