SUPER 8S PREVIEW: St Helens v Huddersfield

St Helens are expected to welcome Tommy Makinson back into the starting line-up, as they look to put right the mistakes of last week’s defeat to Hull FC.

They will also be looking to end a three-game losing streak. Another defeat on Thursday evening, and the Giants will move ahead of the Saints into third place in the table.

Kyle Amor also returns to boost the middle unit, while Olly Davies and Matt Fleming miss out.

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson has selected the same players who won against Catalans last week, with Leroy Cudjoe having signed a new contract this week.

St Helens (19-man squad): Kyle Amor, Travis Burns, Matty Dawson, Mark Flanagan, Joe Greenwood, Josh Jones, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Tommy Makinson, Mose Masoe, Mark Percival, Adam Quinlan, Greg Richards, James Roby, Andre Savelio, Adam Swift, Luke Thompson, Jordan Turner, Alex Walmsley, Luke Walsh.

Huddersfield Giants (19-man squad):
Danny Brough, Jodie Broughton, Jake Connor, Eorl Crabtree, Leroy Cudjoe, Jamie Ellis, Scott Grix, Craig Huby, Jack Hughes, Craig Kopczak, Michael Lawrence, Kruise Leeming, Jermaine McGillvary, Aaron Murphy, Oliver Roberts, Luke Robinson, Daniel Smith, Ukuma Ta’ai, Joe Wardle.

Stats:

Huddersfield’s Leroy Cudjoe has scored a try in each of the Giants’ last three meetings with St Helens.

Scott Grix needs one appearance to reach 150 for Huddersfield. Grix made his Giants debut as a substitute in a 24-12 home win against Bradford on February 5, 2010.

Jordan Turner needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns. His total of 99 has been scored as follows: 24 for Salford (2006-2009), 34 for Hull FC (2010-2012), 39 for St Helens (2013-2015) and 2 for England Knights (2012).

Jon Wilkin needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns. His total of 99 has been scored as follows: 8 for Hull KR (2000-2002), 90 for St Helens (2003-2015) and one for England (2004-2005, 2008-2009 & 2011-2012). Wilkin also made 6 non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).

Josh Jones needs one appearance to reach 100 for St Helens. Jones made his Saints debut in a 28-16 win at Warrington on 30 March, 2012.

Super League Summary:

St Helens won 31 (includes wins in 2009 and 2010 play-offs)
Huddersfield won eight
St Helens highest score: 68-18 (H, 1998) (Widest margin: 68-18, H, 1998; 54-4, H, 2007)
Huddersfield highest score: 40-18 (H, 2011); 40-4 (A, 2013) (Widest margin: 40-4, A, 2013)

Last 10 Meetings:

St Helens 35, Huddersfield 34 (SLR21, 10/7/15)
Huddersfield 8, St Helens 11 (SLR10, 12/4/15)
Huddersfield 17, St Helens 16 (SLR27, 12/9/14)
St Helens 41, Huddersfield 22 (SLR14, 23/5/14)
Huddersfield 16, St Helens 17 (CCR4, 6/4/14)
Huddersfield 25, St Helens 16 (SLR17, 3/6/13)
St Helens 4, Huddersfield 40 (SLR1, 2/2/13)
St Helens 46, Huddersfield 12 (SLR22, 29/7/12)
Huddersfield 17, St Helens 16 (SLR5, 4/3/12)
St Helens 19, Huddersfield 6 (SLR24, 12/8/11)

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