St Helens vs Huddersfield Giants The Super 8's Round 1 Preview

Saints suffered only their third loss of the 2018 calendar year at the hands of Catalans, a defeat that will bitterly sting Justin Holbrook's men, while also forcing them to focus on their Super League ambitions. Huddersfield having the week off will no doubt be feeling refreshed and ready for what Saints have to throw at them.

St Helens claimed both of the regular season wins in 2018, the first a 26-12 win back in late February and the second was a 66-4 thrashing of the Giants at the Totally Wicked Stadium, Huddersfield's last win against St Helens coming back in June 2017, to find a Giants away win you have to go back to May 2016.

St Helens are unchanged from the side that fell short in the Challenge Cup Semi Final against Catalans, Justin Holbrook giving his men a chance to atone for last week's performance. Aaron Murphy, Michael Lawerence and Jake Wardle all miss out this week, replaced by; Jake Mamo, Kruise Leeming and debutant Suaia Matagi.

St Helens: Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Mark Percival, Adam Swift, Theo Fages, Matty Smith, James Roby, Kyle Amor, Zeb Taia, Jon Wilkin, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Luke Douglas, Morgan Knowles, Luke Thompson, Danny Richardson, Regan Grace, Matty Lees, Ben Barba, Matty Costello.

Huddersfield Giants: Jake Mamo, Jermaine McGillvary, Leroy Cudjoe, Jordan Turner, Lee Gaskell, Danny Brough, Kruise Leeming, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Dale Ferguson, Jordan Rankin, Oliver Roberts, Ukuma Ta’ai, Paul Clough, Daniel Smith, Adam O’Brien, Alex Mellor, Darnell McIntosh, Matty English, Suaia Matagi.

I predict that Saints will bounce back in this fixture, the Giants have not been an easy team to beat in the second half of the 2018 season and are not to be underestimated, I do believe that it will be a closer game than expected and so I'm calling this one Saints by 7-12.


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