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Match Preview: Huddersfield (A) 16.03.08 @ Galpharm Stadium
Posted by Bilko on March 13 2008 - 23:31

Huddersfield Giants v Wigan Warriors. Engage Super League XIII Rd 6.
Sunday 16th March 2008. Kick Off 3:00pm at Galpharm Stadium.

Having lost last week I'm slightly nervous now that this big 3 match away run we are enduring is going to turn into the damp squib we've come to expect in recent years from Wigan.

We really need to bounce back with a big win here at what has been an evil place in recent times.

We have actually won 2 of our last 3 visits to Galpharm Stadium but one was Noble's first game in charge and the other was a end of season clash with nothing riding on it.

Widen that scope and we've lost on 5 of our last 7 visits to Huddersfield. Since the Giants came back up to Super League in 2003 it has been a difficult place for us to visit.

Last year our visit to the Galpharm saw us produce our worst performance of the season by far in my view. A 41-16 loss was a huge disappointment, especially on the back of a great Easter win at Leeds.

The Giants of course, like most Super League teams, have ex Wiganers in there side that will be looking to get one over us. Luke Robinson has started 2008 in great form with 5 tries in 5 matches. Kevin Brown was always a great try scorer at the JJB but in my opinion wasn't a strong enough defender. They also have Stephen Wild (a player I liked - but was perhaps unfortunate that we are quite strong in the 2nd row) but Martin Aspinwall and David Hodgson both miss out with long term knee injuries.

Another threat will be centre Paul Whatuira, a close season signing from West Tigers. He has plenty of experience having won Grand Finals with both Wests and Penrith Panthers and was also part of the New Zealand team that won the 2005 tri nations final against Australia at Elland Road. Excellent signing for Huddersfield and a play we must watch.

The rightful suspension of Richard Mathers forces us to shuffle around in our backline but it could have been worse. Pat Richards will move to full back and Mark Calderwood will surely replace him on the wing. A simple change that is helped by Calderwood returning to fitness after his leg break at Hull in last years play offs.

Last week Hudds lost 24-0 at Harlequins who have started the season brilliantly. Like us they had a match to forget last week - so both sides have a point to prove here. Should be a good game.

Key Absentees

Wigan: Richard Mathers (1st Match of 3 game suspension), Paul Prescott (medial ligaments), Karl Pryce (foot).

Huddersfield: David Hodgson (knee), Martin Aspinwall (knee)

Match Referee

Phil Bentham (Warrington)

2008 Record with this Referee

Played 0 Won 0 Lost 0

In 2007 we Won 3 and Lost 1 of 4 matches Bentham took charge.

Video Referee

Not in force for this fixture.

Current Super League XIII League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
5th Wigan Warriors 5 3 0 2 145 114 +31 6
7th Huddersfield Giants 4 3 0 1 121 96 +25 6

Head to Head Records

Record P Wigan Huddersfield Draws Success
All Time 110 78 30 2 71.8%
All Time at Hudds 55 29 24 2 54.5%
Super League 20 15 5 - 75%
SL at Hudds 10 6 4 - 60%

Wigan Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
8th March 2008 Warrington (A) SL13 Round 5 Lost 20-32
1st March 2008 Bradford (H) SL13 Round 4 Won 28-14
22nd February 2008 Hull FC (A) SL13 Round 3 Lost 22-24
15th February 2008 Castleford (H) SL13 Round 2 Won 28-16
9th February 2008 Harlequins (A) SL13 Round 1 Won 47-28
27th January 2008 Widnes (A) Friendly Won 42-18

Opposition Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
8th March 2008 Harlequins (A) SL13 Round 5 Lost 00-24
2nd March 2008 Hull FC (H) SL13 Round 4 Won 28-08
24th February 2008 Castleford (H) SL13 Round 3 Won 64-12
16th February 2008 Bradford (A) SL13 Round 2 Lost 12-38
10th February 2008 Leeds (H) SL13 Round 1 Lost 10-30
27th January 2008 Batley (A) Friendly Won 70-12

Last 6 Results v Huddersfield Away

Date Opposition
15th April 2007 Huddersfield Giants 41 Wigan Warriors 16
22nd April 2006 Huddersfield Giants 14 Wigan Warriors 46
18th September 2005 Huddersfield Giants 22 Wigan Warriors 36
8th April 2005 Huddersfield Giants 24 Wigan Warriors 16
4th April 2004 Huddersfield Giants 26 Wigan Warriors 10
6th July 2003 Huddersfield Giants 32 Wigan Warriors 24

Rankings

- Wigan Opposition
Attacking Rank 3rd Best in League 6th of 12
Av. Points Scored Per Game 29 22.8
Tries Scored 24 21
Defensive Rank 6th of 12 4th Best in League
Av. Points Conceded Per Game 22.8 22.4
Tries Conceded 20 18
Home/Away Record 1 win from 3 2 wins from 3

Super League 13 Stats

Top 6 Try Scorers
Wigan
Darrell Goulding 4
Pat Richards 3
Harrison Hansen 3
Mike McIlorum 2
Thomas Leuluai 2
George Carmont 2

Huddersfield
Luke Robinson 5
Paul Whaturia 3
Kevin Brown 2
Shane Elford 2
Jamahl Lolesi 2
Rod Jensen 2

Top Goal Kickers
Wigan:
Pat Richards 24 - League Leader
Huddersfield: Chris Thorman 15

Goal Kick Success
Wigan:
24 from 30 attempts - 80% - 5th Best in League
Huddersfield: 15 from 22 attempts - 68.1% - 4th Worst in League

Top Points Scorers
Wigan:
Pat Richards 60 (3 tries, 24 goals) - League Leader
Huddersfield: Chris Thorman 34 (1 try, 15 goals)

Hot

Harrison Hansen: Already scored more tries in 2008 (3) than he did in whole of 2007
Darrell Goulding
: 4 tries in 5 matches so far this season

Cold

Mick Higham: Failed to score in his last 26 Super League away matches (April 2006).
Stuart Fielden: Failed to score in his last 33 matches home or away (Feb 2007).
Sean O'Loughlin: Failed to score in his last 12 away matches (May 2007)

Ticket Details

Stand ConAdultsiors Concs/Young Adult Juniors
South Stand (Visitors) £18.50 £10 £8

Halliwell Jones Stadium Information

Directions By Car: Exit the M62 at Junction 24 and follow the signs for Huddersfield Town Centre A629. After app. 2 miles follow the signs for the stadium turning left onto Castlegate ring road, turn left onto Leeds Road (A62), then following the official car park signs.

Car Parking: There is a fair sized car park located at the ground (£5) and a number of unofficial car parks nearby (expect to pay around £3-£4).

Directions By Train: Huddersfield Station is 10-15 minutes walk from the stadium. After coming out of the Railway Station, turn down past the front of The George Hotel. Go straight over the crossroads into Northumberland Street and walk down across the Ring Road straight on into Leeds Road. Turn right down Gasworks Street. Straight over crossroads to the ground.

If your travelling from Wigan you will need to change trains at Manchester Piccadilly.

Local Pubs: The Rope Walk behind the North Stand is a friendly pub with plenty of room in and outside - it is located next to the cinema.

UK Media Coverage

TV: No TV Coverage,
Radio in Wigan: Very little coverage on BBC Radio Manchester 95.1FM. They will have updates but commentary will be on Wigan Athletic v Bolton Football and then from 5pm the second half of the Manchester City match - so not even a phone in.
National Radio: No Commentary
Radio at Match: BBC Radio Leeds on 92.4 will have regular updates and some commentary
Internet Audio: Click Here for Details

International TV Coverage

N/A

Away Match Betting Check with Oddschecker.com

Team Odds
Wigan 10/11 (Fav)
Huddersfield 6/5
Match Draw 22/1

Best Handicap Match Betting with Oddschecker.com

Wigan have a 4 point start at odds of 10/11 with Boyle Sports.

First Try Scorer Match Betting with Oddschecker.com

None Available Yet

Weather Forecast

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Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Wigan win by 6 points.

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