SL Preview: Huddersfield v Wigan

Wigan are on their travels again, and will be hoping for another improvement in form outside of the comfortable confines of the DW Stadium, after being Leeds last week in Newcastle.

Huddersfield have a tough defence, though, as well as fiercely competitive mindset, and will be boosted by the news this week that coach Paul Anderson is staying on.

Scott Grix, Aaron Murphy, Leroy Cudjoe and Brett Ferres are alll out for the Giants, but one-man dynamo Danny Brough is present, after a determined display at Magic Weekend.

Liam Farrell replaces his younger brother Connor in the Wigan squad, while Sean O’Loughlin could be in line for his 350th appearance for his hometown club.

Prediction: Home advanatge will see a determined Huddersfield side over the line, by eight points.

Huddersfield (19-man squad): McGillvary, Wardle, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Huby, Hughes, Lawrence, Kopczak, Wood, Ta’ai, Broughton, Mullally, Ellis, Connor, J. Johnson, Leeming, L. Johnson, Simpson.

Wigan (19-man squad): Bateman, Bowen, Burgess, Charnley, Crosby, L Farrell, Flower, Hampshire, McIlorum, Mossop, O’Loughlin, Patrick, Powell, Sarginson, Smith, Sutton, Tautai, J Tomkins, Williams.

Stats:

Danny Brough needs two tries to reach a career century of touchdowns.

Josh Charnley needs one appearance to reach 150 for his career. Charnley has played 129 games for Wigan since 2010, to go with representative appearances for England (11 games, 2012-2014) and England Knights (1 game, 2011). He has also had loan spells at Blackpool (3 games, 2010) and Hull KR (5 games, 2010).

Super League Summary:

Huddersfield won 14
Wigan won 24 (includes wins in 2013 and 2014 play-offs)
Huddersfield highest score: 48-16 (H, 2009) (also widest margin)
Wigan highest score: 68-6 (H, 2000) (also widest margin)

2015 Meeting:

Wigan 24, Huddersfield 16 (SLR2, 13/2/15)

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