Huddersfield Giants vs Leeds Rhinos Super Round 8 Preview

A coachless Huddersfield will try and get back to winning ways against a scorned Rhinos side that fell just short of a miracle comeback against Castleford last week. Will the change in management be enough to turn the Giants season around?

These two sides faced off three times in the 2017 season, the winning 2 out 3 games, the only loss for the Rhinos was at home. A strange an interesting fact, both sides when losing only scored 12 points through the 80 minutes. When going back a little further as far as the last 10 meetings between the Giants and the Rhinos, Leeds have won 6 lost 3 and drawn 1, so they have a fairly good track record against the Giants. 

Huddersfield are without as many as 6 key players, Cudjoe is still recovering from knee surgery and Jake Mamo is still up to two weeks away froma return to action. Kruise Leeming, Sam Wood, Lee Gaskell and Tom Symmonds are all ruled out through injury, this has forced the Giants to name; Brough, Ikahihifo, Roberts and Ferguson in their squad despite all 4 pending fitness tests ahead of Friday's fixture. The Rhinos are still without Liam Sutcliffe, Stevie Ward and Adam Cuthbertson, however, they do welcome back Brett Ferres from injury as he makes his first appearance of 2018.

Huddersfield Giants: Jordan Turner, Aaron Murphy, Danny Brough, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Michael Lawrence, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Jordan Rankin, Oliver Roberts, Ukuma Ta’ai, Paul Clough, Daniel Smith, Adam Walne, Adam O’Brien, Alex Mellor, Darnell McIntosh, Tyler Dickinson, Jared Simpson, Sam Hewitt, Louis Senior

Leeds Rhinos: Ashton Golding, Tom Briscoe, Kallum Watkins, Ryan Hall, Joel Moon, Richie Myler, Matt Parcell, Brad Singleton, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett, Brad Dwyer, Brett Delaney, Anthony Mullally, Brett Ferres, Ash Handley, Jack Walker, Cameron Smith, Mikolaj Oledzki, Josh Walters.

The recent form and growing casualty ward that the Giants have is giving new no reason to believe that this is game they can win. The Rhinos have something to prove off the back of last week's woeful defending in the opening quarter, so defence will be the defining feature of this game. I'm backing the Rhinos by a margin 12+ in this fixture.



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