SL preview: London B v Huddersfield (Sat)

London head coach Tony Rea has made one change to his 19-man squad for the visit of Huddersfield with Kieran Dixon returning.

Dixon has missed six weeks of action due to a broken hand and he takes the place of Iliess Macani – who returns to Under 19’s duty.

For the Giants, hooker Shaun Lunt misses out as Ben Blackmore joins head coach Paul Anderson‘s travelling party.

Anderson’s side will be seeking the first of three victories which would see them claim the League Leaders’ Shield.

London 19-man squad: Bryant, Bishay, Colbon, Cook, Dixon, Dollapi, Fisher, Howell, Hurst, Kaufusi, Krasniqi, Lee, McMeeken, Melling, Rodney, Sarginson, Soward, Wicks, Woodburn-Hall.

Huddersfield 19-man squad: Grix, Cudjoe, Wardle, McGillvary, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Kopczak, Ferres, Faiumu, Lawrence, Patrick, Chan, Ta’ai, Murphy, Cording, Ferguson, Blackmore, Wood.

Prediction: Huddersfield are desperate for a first League Leader’s Shield and it would be a massive shock if they slipped up here. Away win.

Stats:

Huddersfield have won their last twelve matches against London Broncos/Harlequins. The capital side’s last win was as Harlequins – 24-0 at Twickenham Stoop on 8 March, 2008. The Giants have won five consecutive away matches against the capital side since then.

The club’s last win against Huddersfield as London Broncos was 16-12 at Griffin Park, Brentford, on 3 September, 2005.

Danny Brough has scored in fifteen successive matches against London Broncos/Harlequins, for four different clubs, as follows: 1 for Hull FC (2006), 2 for Castleford (2006), 5 for Wakefield (2008-2010) and 7 for current club Huddersfield (2010-2013).

2013 meeting – Huddersfield 34-6 London (SLR2, 10/2/13)

Super League summary:

(including Harlequins, 2006-2011)

London won 15

Huddersfield won 17

1 draw

London highest score: 43-12 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 40-4, H, 1999)

Huddersfield highest score: 64-14 (H, 2006) (also widest margin)

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