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MATCH PREVIEW | Hull Kingston Rovers vs Huddersfield Giants

East Yorkshire meets West Yorkshire in the next stage of Super League where both teams will compete for survival. Here’s everything you need to know…

 

TEAM FORM GUIDE

Hull KR

The Red Robins have had a turn in form since the appointment of Tony Smith and his new signings, winning three of their previous five games.

They are also coming off a crucial away win over another relegation contender Leeds Rhinos, beating them comfortably by 32 points to 16.

Huddersfield

It has been a difficult season for the Giants as they have stood by their head coach Simon Woolford and his approach to play young prospects.

Huddersfield have recovered from their run of defeats since their win over Hull FC at Magic Weekend by beating Salford 36 points to 18.

However they weren’t able to pick up another win when they lost to Catalan by 32 points to 28 at home.

 

SQUAD NEWS

Hull KR

Hooker Matt Parcell misses the match through concussion, but there remain concerns over a shoulder injury picked up in the 32-16 win at Leeds Rhinos last time out.

Danny Addy returns after a hamstring problem picked up during last month’s 19-18 home loss to Wigan Warriors.

Hull KR’s 19-man squad: Danny Addy, Chris Atkin, Ben Crooks, Josh Drinkwater, Mitch Garbutt, Craig Hall, Weller Hauraki, Luis Johnson, Jimmy Keinhorst, George Lawler, Kane Linnett, Harvey Livett, Danny McGuire, Mose Masoe, Robbie Mulhern, Dan Murray, Adam Quinlan, Ryan Shaw, Joel Tomkins.

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Huddersfield

Adam Walne makes his long-awaited return to the Giants 19-man squad, with Matty English also returning after being rested last week.

Simon Woolford has confirmed Dale Ferguson is still out following injury in the Wakefield game, and also confirmed that Paul Clough has suffered a broken hand and will miss out this week.

Huddersfield’s 19-man squad: Darnell McIntosh, Jermaine McGillvary, Lee Gaskell, Matt Frawley, Kruise Leeming, Suaia Matagi, Aaron Murphy, Alex Mellor, Michael Lawrence, Adam O’Brien, Ukuma Ta’ai, Matty English, Jake Wardle, Tom Holmes, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Adam Walne, Louis Senior, Innes Senior, Oliver Wilson.

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HEAD TO HEAD

Despite Huddersfield only winning one of their previous five games, they have won both of their meetings with Hull KR this season.

Both matches have been played at the John Smith’s Stadium, this was during the time Rovers were struggling to pick up away wins.

Hull KR’s last win was at Craven Park last year by a comfortable score of 37 points to 10, Huddersfield haven’t picked up two points in East Hull since 2016.

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KEY BATTLE

Craig Hall (Hull KR) v Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield)

Despite being undefeated over their visitors for three years, Rovers will be putting up with the threat of the right-winger Jermaine McGillvary who will be looking to add to his 14 tries so far in this year’s Super League.

McGillvary will look to be up against Craig Hall who also plays in the same position and is the club’s top try scorer who has nine so far.

Both players are similar in terms of what they offer to the team on the attacking sense but it’s their defending that can let them down in terms of the space they leave on the flanks.

Therefore we could be seeing a lot of tries scored along the wings come Friday night.

 

THE IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date: Friday 19th July 2019
Venue: KCOM Craven Park 
Kick-off: 7:45pm
Referee: Ben Thaler

 

WHO WILL WIN?

Rovers will make it back-to-back wins for the first time this season.



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