10 May 2019
THE LOWDOWN: GIANTS VS SAINTS
All the information you need to know ahead of the Giants Challenge Cup tie against St Helens, this Sunday at 6.05pm
Huddersfield Giants start their Challenge Cup campaign at home on Sunday 12th May against St Helens.
Both teams go to battle at the John Smiths Stadium and are just three wins away from Wembley.
🔔 TEAM NEWS 🔔
🥳 Gaskell is back!
Simon Woolford has named his 19-man squad for Sunday's @TheChallengeCup tie against @Saints1890
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🔽 See the full squad 🔽#CCHudStH #HuddersfieldBorn 🐮🔔 pic.twitter.com/6K9DBGMNSo
— Huddersfield Giants (@Giantsrl) May 10, 2019
🗞 SAINTS NAME 19 MAN SQUAD ⚪️🔴@aaronnn_smith is in for @jackwelsby_ in the only change to Justin Holbrook's 19 man squad ahead of the @TheChallengeCup clash with @Giantsrl on Sunday (6:05pm).
👀 Read more in the link below ⬇️https://t.co/pmVfBlG1Nf#saintsandproud pic.twitter.com/7ywR7Z8Pe3
— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) May 10, 2019
St Helens won the League Leaders Shield for a record sixth time in 2018, having lost four games all season, however, that was the only silverware St Helens won. They were beaten in the Challenge Cup Semi-Final by eventual winners Catalans Dragons 35-16.
They failed to reach the Grand Final after losing 13-18 to Warrington Wolves, as Ben Barba was awarded the Steve Prescott Man of Steel
They lost influential players Ben Barba, Matty Smith, Jon Wilkin in 2018 as well as Ryan Morgan and Ben Simms. Both recruited strongly for the 2019 season, bringing in NRL imports Kevin Naiqama, Joseph Paulo and Lachlan Coote from West Tigers, Cronulla Sharks and North Queensland Cowboys respectively.
Huddersfield have won two games in the last five. They beat Castleford Tigers 20-18 in a topsy-turvy game but lost to Leeds Rhinos 38-18 on Good Friday. They got back to winning ways on Easter Monday against London Broncos 24-19. But after a tough Easter break Warrington comfortably beat the Giants 50-19, after the Giants went into the break 12-19. Then they narrowly lost 25-26 to Wakefield Trinity as a Ryan Hampshire late penalty proved the difference in a tight affair.
St Helens are in great form this year only losing one game in the last 14 and have won the last five. The last three weeks they beat Hull FC 62-16 on Easter Monday, recorded another big victory against Catalans Dragons 50-14 and last week they beat Hull KR 26-42. Therefore, the Giants will have to be at their very best to progress to the next round.
St Helens arguably have the best team in the Super League and have danger men across the park and the Giants will have to be at their very best in attack and defence to limit St Helens attacking threat and defensive steel.
One-man Huddersfield must keep an eye on is James Roby. The 33-year-old has shown no signs of slowing down, Roby who has made over 400 appearances for St Helens is on target for his second Steve Prescott Man of Steel award after putting in some solid displays already this season. He is currently 5th place on 14 points, six points behind Blake Austin and he will want to inspire his team towards victory and boost their chances of a 13th Challenge Cup.
Another 🔥 performance from James Roby
2 tries and Betfred Man of the Match, the @Saints1890 no. 9 just keeps on going... pic.twitter.com/Hk3SWdbNBh
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) March 1, 2019
Lee Gaskell hasn’t played for the Giants since the 20-18 victory on the 11th April but is in contention to play his former team on Sunday. In 6 appearances this year Gaskell has four try assists, 443 metres and 25 attacking kicks and will look to start where he left off on Sunday.
You can view his post-match thoughts by clicking here https://www.giantsrl.com/artic...
Jermaine McGillvary Vs Thomas Makinson
Possibly the two best wingers in the competition will go head-to-head at the John Smiths Stadium, but will England International Star will come out on top?
Makinson who won the Golden Boot award in 2018 has eight tries and 54 tackle busts to his name this year and has made an impressive 1846 metres in 222 carries which is the best in the league. Meanwhile, McGillvary has 12 tries and 61 tackle busts so far and has made 1685 metres in 184 carries. He also has 22 clean breaks which is one behind the leader. It will be a battle of strength, speed and finishing, but who will score the most points on Sunday?
.@J_mcGillvary won't be moving off the wing anytime soon...😰🤕 #SLWigHud #NewBeginnings pic.twitter.com/M8oXwq9POl
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) March 8, 2019
Suaia Matagi Vs Alex Walmsley
The pack will be pivotal in deciding who will win the game and St Helens have a strong pack containing Alex Walmsley, Luke Thompson, Joseph Paulo and Zeb Tai and Giants will want to match them in strength and intensity.
A Giants pack containing Suaia Matagi, Ukuma Ta’ai, Paul Clough and Seb Ikahihifo. Matagi will want to lead the Giants once again having put in a solid display against the Warriors, making 29 tackles and an average gain of 7.18 metres. Walmsley has made 1462 metres in 191 carries compared to Matagi’s 1049 metres in 151 carries and both will want to set the groundwork for the halfbacks.
Darnell McIntosh Vs Lachlan Coote
The full-back battle will be pivotal as Darnell McIntosh goes against Lachlan Coote. McIntosh has six tries and nine try assists and has gained 1479 metres and 66 tackle busts so far.
A beaut from Coote 👌
The @Saints1890 full-back sets up @ReganGrace5 for his fourth try of 2019 pic.twitter.com/kAReVQMd5D
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) March 11, 2019
Lachlan Coote is hoping he can fill the void left by Ben Barba and will be a key player to watch out for when the two teams go to war. A wealth of experience having played for Penrith Panthers and North Queensland Cowboys, he has five tries this year and 11 try assists. Having made 1204 metres in 182 carries so far this year, Giants will want to stop him in his tracks on Sunday.
St Helens comfortably beat Huddersfield in the previous meeting 12-40 in March 2019 which maintained St Helens 100% record in the league. McGillvary and Jordan Turner scored before the break but the second half was a different story as Saints scored four more tries without reply and the Giants will want to avenge the defeat by booking themselves in the Quarter Final of the Challenge Cup.
Did You Know?
In 2009, Huddersfield Giants beat St Helens 24-14 in the Challenge Cup, which clinched their first Wembley Final since 1962 with an impressive comeback win against the holders.
For this week's #ThrowbackThursday, we take a look at the game against @Saints1890 that brought us to our first Wembley final in 47 years.
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— Huddersfield Giants (@Giantsrl) May 9, 2019
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