Huddersfield Giants vs Catalans Dragons Round 18 Super League Preview

with both the giants and the dragons on something of a roll, expectation is high in both camps for this crucial battle to avoid the middle eights .

Catalan came out victors on the previous meeting when Josh Drinkwater excelled with his kicking game .The dragons have been impressive recently with a string of five wins and moa, Casty , Anderson and bird all making significant contributions .

The giants will be buoyed by the return of strong running back row forwards Ferguson and Roberts whilst academy international innes senior and Paul Clough make way.

The key battle at halfback will see the youthful exuberance of Olly Russell pitched against on form Drinkwater and this is likely to be the key to the game

For the dragons Maria and the suspended Yaha make way for Baitieri and centre Vincent Duport .

Expect big efforts again from New signing Kenny Edwards who has fitted in well to a resurgent dragons .

This game is a free of charge encounter with chairman ken Davy hoping to get a crowd in excess of 7000.( kick of 19.45)

I expect this game to go right to the wire with two evenly match packs ensuring that the tactical enterprise of the Catalan playmaker Drinkwater will edge the game for them

Huddersfield (from): McGillvary, Cudjoe, Turner, Murphy, Gaskell, Ikahihifo, Leeming, Lawrence, Hinchcliffe, Ferguson, Rankin, Roberts, Smith. O'Brien, Mellor, McIntosh, Wood, English, Russell.

Catalans (from): Mead, Wiliame, Langi, Casty, Moa, Anderson, Garcia, Bird, Bousquet, Simon, Duport, Baitieri, McIlorum, Tierney, Jullien, Gigot, Goudemand, Drinkwater, Edwards


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