Huddersfield Giants vs Salford Red Devils Super League Round 1 Preview

Huddersfield scraped by in 2018, relying on a last minute surge to get them out of the deep hole they had spent most of last season digging for themselves, the Giants know that an opening day win will do their confidence wonders and set them in the right direction for 2019. Salford shared a similar story but with a different ending, forced to fight for survival in the all too familiar environment of the Qualifiers once more, this time not needing to go the route of the million pound game to secure their Super League status.

Huddersfield's Round 16 win against the Red Devils in 2018 finally put Salford's good run of form against the Giants to an end, Salford claiming 4 of the last 5 victories in all competitions and looking to begin rebooting that record come Friday night.

The Giants head coach only naming 18 men in his 19 man squad with "late fitness tests" to be conducted to see who takes the final spot in the squad. Simon Wollford naming Uate, Frawley and Wardle as they look to make their Huddersfield debuts. Salford managed to retain their two Australian talents while bringing in another during the off-season, Ken Sio tops up Salford's overseas quota alongside Joey Lussick and fan favourite Jackson Hastings, all 3 are named in the 19 man squad. 

Huddersfield Giants: Darnell McIntosh, Jordan Turner, Akuila Uate, Lee Gaskell, Matt Frawley, Kruise Leeming, Suaia Matagi, Aaron Murphy, Alex Mellor, Michael Lawrence, Adam O'Brien, Oliver Roberts, Ukuma Ta'ai, Matty English, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Adam Walne, Innes Senior, Joe Wardle.

Salford Red Devils: Niall Evalds, Kris Welham, Junior Sa'u, Jake Bibby, Robert Lui, Lee Mossop, Josh Jones, George Griffin, Mark Flanagan, Joey Lussick, Greg Burke, Tyrone McCarthy, Ben Nakubuwai, Logan Tomkins, Derrell Olpherts, Ken Sio, Jansin Turgut, Jackson Hastings.

As previously mentioned the Red Devils have a phenomenal record against the Giants in recent years, however, I'm not entirely convinced that they will take a win from this fixture. Huddersfield have key players missing and a new halves pairing, this could definitely go against them if the players haven't gelled yet but I'm going to take a gamble and back the Giants by a margin of 0-6 points.


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