SUPER LEAGUE PREVIEW | Wakefield Trinity vs Huddersfield Giants

The two West Yorkshire rivals meet for a second week running. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Magic Weekend clash…


Wakefield Trinity

Wakefield travel to Newcastle looking to avenge last Friday’s 24-14 defeat at the Giants in the Challenge Cup.

They make two changes to their squad from that game, with Ben Jones-Bishop and Danny Kirmond returning in place of Max Jowitt and Joe Arundel.

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Coach Chris Chester has most of his first-teamers available, with the major absence being that of full-back Scott Grix who could still be out for another three months with a shoulder injury, while Craig Huby remains out with a minor knee problem.

Wakefield 19-man squad: Johnstone, Tupou, Lyne, Jones-Bishop, Miller, Finn, Fifita, Wood, England, Ashurst, Kirmond, Randell, Horo, Pauli, Arona, Batchelor, Hirst, Caton-Brown, Hampshire.

Huddersfield Giants

Chris Thorman remains in interim charge at Huddersfield, with new coach Simon Woolford still in Australia waiting for his visa.

Thorman has led the Giants to back-to-back victories, and makes two changes from the cup win with Aaron Murphy and Oliver Roberts returning from injury and Daniel Smith and Sam Wood dropping out.

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Huddersfield are slowly getting their key men back, although Dale Ferguson and captain Leroy Cudjoe are still a couple of weeks away from a return.

Huddersfield 19-man squad: Mamo, McGillvary, Turner, Murphy, Gaskell, Brough, Ikahihifo, Leeming, Lawrence, Hinchcliffe, Rankin, Roberts, Ta’ai, Clough, O’Brien, Mellor, McIntosh, Dickinson, English.


Huddersfield’s victory last week made it one all for the season, following Wakefield’s 22-4 Super League win at the Mobile Rocket Stadium in March.

The two sides have met once before at Magic Weekend, with Huddersfield winning 36-12 at the first event in Cardiff in 2007.

KEY BATTLE – Liam Finn vs Danny Brough

The big battle in this match could be between the two very experienced scrum-halves.

Brough has been much criticised in recent years for being unable to control a big game like he used to, and there are few bigger stages on which to prove yourself than Magic Weekend.

Meanwhile, after a great start to the year Liam Finn has struggled to have a big influence, but Wakefield need him to be the controlling force to halt their alarming run of form.


Date: Sunday 20th May
Venue: St James’ Park
Kick-off: 3:15pm
Referee: James Child




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