SL Preview: Huddersfield v Hull KR (Thu)

Huddersfield go looking for a second successive win when they welcome Hull KR to the John Smith’s Stadium on Thursday night.

The Giants eased past Widnes 28-16 last Friday for only their second win of the season.

They welcome back Jordan Turner after he missed the win over the Vikings through concussion, but Michael Lawrence (hamstring) and Daniel Smith (suspension) remain sidelined.

Hull KR are still without captain Shaun Lunt, who missed the narrow defeat at Catalans following an accident at home that is expected to rule him out for a few weeks.

James Donaldson and George Lawler come in, with Danny Tickle dropping out of Tim Sheens’ 19-man squad.

The last two meetings between the two sides, in 2016, were both decided by a solitary point.

It’s the first time Huddersfield have been shown live on Sky Sports since last season’s Magic Weekend.

Stats:

Huddersfield’s Danny Brough has scored points in the Giants’ last eleven meetings with Hull KR.

His scoring streak began with three goals in a 40-22 away defeat on 25 March, 2012.

Last ten meetings:

Hull KR 22, Huddersfield 23 (S8Q-R7, 24/9/16)
Hull KR 20, Huddersfield 19 (SLR21, 8/7/16)
Huddersfield 38, Hull KR 6 (SLR5, 13/3/16)
Huddersfield 32, Hull KR 14 (SLR20, 5/7/15)
Hull KR 20, Huddersfield 16 (SLR9, 6/4/15)
Hull KR 22, Huddersfield 26 (SLR18, 26/6/14)
Huddersfield 24, Hull KR 24 (SLR2, 23/2/14)
Hull KR 35, Huddersfield 28 (SLR18, 7/6/13)
Huddersfield 50, Hull KR 30 (SLR12, 14/4/13)
Huddersfield 26, Hull KR 44 (SLR17, 11/6/12)

Super League summary:

Huddersfield won 11
Hull KR won 7
3 draws
Huddersfield highest score: 50-16 (H, 2008); 50-30 (H, 2013) (Widest margin: 50-16, H, 2008)
Hull KR highest score: 44-26 (A, 2012) (Widest margin: 40-22, H, 2012; 44-26, A, 2012)

Huddersfield: Mamo, McGillvary, Turner, Murphy, Gaskell, Brough, Ikahihifo, Leeming, Hinchcliffe, Ferguson, Rankin, Roberts, Ta’ai, Clough, O’Brien, Mellor, McIntosh, Dickinson, Wood.

Hull KR: Quinlan, Minns, Heffernan, Shaw, McGuire, Scruton, Masoe, Blair, Greenwood, Kavanagh, Donaldson, Clarkson, Lawler, Lee, Mulhern, Salter, Atkin, Walne, Carney.

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