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Match Preview: Huddersfield (A) - 16th February 2013 at John Smiths Stadium
Posted by cherryandwhite on February 14 2013 - 21:48

Huddersfield Giants v Wigan Warriors - Super League 18 Round 3.
Saturday 16th February 2013. Kick Off 3:00pm at John Smiths Stadium.

Match Preview

I made the point in my match report last weekend how Warrington's side last weekend included EIGHT players older than the oldest squad member of our squad Pat Richards. It's a stat that highlights our inexperience, and for that reason this fixture is another intriguing test for our side.

It's alright to raise your game for playing against Warrington but I'm really intrigued to see if Wigan can now back that up against another big pack in Huddersfield.

They annihilated St Helens in the opening match of the season and are bound to be well up for the battle against Wigan, considering it's Stuart Fielden's first match against us since he left. I've no doubt he will be relishing this contest. Think back five years to 2007 and he scored twice for us on his first return to Odsal. Ok we lost that match but he only ever scored one further try during his 141 appearances.

Add in Eorl Crabtree and big Tongan Ukuma Ta'ai and they are going to provide a massive test for the likes of Scott Taylor, Gil Dudson and Greg Burke.

The Giants have consistently been in the top half of the table for the past four seasons, yet never ever looked like title contenders, and for me it was the pack depth that often let them down.

Wigan have won each of their last three visits to play Huddersfield and the games all seemed to follow the same pattern. An excellent competitive first 20-30 minutes but once the interchanges began to take effect, Wigan took control of the contests. They particularly fell away in intensity when Crabtree left the field I felt, so it'll be interesting to see if they've bridged that gap.

If they have then it'll be a tough ask to keep Danny Brough quiet for 80 minutes. When he is on his game he is awesome, but he needs his pack to be on top to be able to do us damage.

Not much else to say really. Its another good test of our expectations for the season ahead. and I'm looking forward to see if our lads can pass that test. A good win here and perhaps we can start aiming our expectations high for the rest of the year? We shall see!

19 Man Squads

Wigan
IN:l Dom Crosby
OUT:l Paul Prescott
Fulll19:l

Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley, Darrell Goulding, Jack Hughes, Pat Richards, Blake Green, Matty Smith, Mike McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Liam Farrell, Sean O'Loughlin, Ben Flower, Iain Thornley, Gil Dudson, Scott Taylor, Anthony Gelling, Sam Powell, Dom Crosby, Greg Burke

Huddersfield
IN:l Jacob Fairbank, Anthony Mullally
OUT:l Luke George, Luke O'Donnell
Fulll19:l

1. Scott Grix, Leroy Cudjoe, Joe Wardle, Jermaine McGillvary, Danny Brough, Luke Robinson. Eorl Crabtree, Shaun Lunt, Craig Kopczak, Brett Ferres, David Faiumu, Larne Patrick, Jason Chan, Ukuma Ta'ai, Aaron Murphy, Jamie Cording, Jacob Fairbank, Anthony Mullally, Stuart Fielden

Match Referee

James Child (Dewsbury) - Age 29
First Pro Game: Gateshead 54 Workington 6 - 17th April 2006
First Super League Game: Wakefield 30 Catalans 10 - 15th March 2009
First Wigan Game: Wigan 38 Crusaders 6 - 5th April 2010

Wigan's Record when this referee is appointed

Wigan have Won 13 and Lost 2 from 15 appointments.

Other Officials

Video Referee:l

(Not in use for this match)

TouchlJudges:l

Tony Martin (Barry Chuckle), Rob Webb

In Goal Judges:l

Jon Roberts, T.Hudson

Reserve Referee:l

Andrew Fazackerley

Time Keeper:l

Colin Morris

Match Commissioner:l

I.McGregor

Current Super League 18 League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1st Huddersfield Giants 2 2 0 0 74 10 +64 4
3rd Wigan Warriors 2 1 1 0 59 17 +42 3

All Time League Head to Head Record including Play Offs

Overall Played 130 Wigan 86 Wins Huddersfield 42 Wins 2 Draws
At Huddersfield Played 63 Wigan 33 Wins Huddersfield 28 Wins 2 Draws

Super League Era Head to Head Record including Play Offs

Overall Played 31 Wigan 21 Wins Huddersfield 10 Wins 0 Draws
At Huddersfield Played 15 Wigan 10 Wins Huddersfield 5 Wins 0 Draws

Ticket Details

Stand ConAdultsiors OAPs/Students Under 16s

John Smiths Stand

£24 £18 £8

UK TV Coverage

Try Highlights Sunday 10:00pm
Free to Air Highlights Monday 11:35pm (Regional)
Free to Air Highlights Tuesday 1:30pm (National)

Radio Commentary

102.4 Wish FM - are on air from 2:00pm with presenter Matt Munroe bringing an hours build up to the 3:00pm kick off. Full Match Commentary is provided by commentator Matthew Horton this week.

95.1 BBC Radio Manchester have football on air so will only cover the match via online streaming.

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