Super League preview: Huddersfield Giants v London Broncos
Last Updated: 10/02/13 2:42pm
London Broncos find themselves without the services of skipper Craig Gower for Sunday's trip to Huddersfield.
The former Italy rugby union international picked up a groin injury in the opening-weekend loss to Widnes and will not feature at the John Smith's Stadium.
Coach Tony Rea is also missing Michael Robertson (ankle) and David Howell, who suffered a broken arm against the Vikings at the Twickenham Stoop.
With holes to fill in the back line, off-season recruit Shane Grady is likely to make his Super League debut in the centres.
Rea has also included Liam Colbon, Michael Channing and Mike McMeeken in his 19-man squad as the capital club look to bounce back from a disappointing 28-14 reverse on home turf.
Huddersfield, in contrast, enjoyed the perfect start to the new campaign with a resounding 40-4 triumph over St Helens in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Saturday.
Coach Paul Anderson has named new signing Ukuma Ta'ai in his 19-man squad in place of Dale Ferguson, who has joined top-flight rivals Hull KR on loan.
However, the Tongan forward may have to wait to make his Giants debut after only arriving in the country on Tuesday.
Instead the hosts are likely to be unchanged from the line-up that performed so impressively at Langtree Park, securing their first win away at Saints since November 1978 in emphatic fashion.
"Ukuma is a natural replacement for Ferguson within the 19 and gives us some more options ahead of the game," Anderson told the club's official website.
"We don't yet know his best position as it's very, very early days for him, but the reality is he has come to play and looks in reasonable shape although he will clearly get much fitter as time progresses, but at this stage he is in my thoughts for London."
Huddersfield: Grix, George, Cudjoe, Wardle, McGillvary, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, O'Donnell, Faiumu, Patrick, Chan, Ta'ai, Murphy, Cording, Fielden.
London Broncos: Bailey, Bryant, Channing, Colbon, Dixon, Dorn, Grady, Hurst, Kaufusi, Krasniqi, Lee, Lovell, McMeeken, Melling, O'Callaghan, Randall, Rodney, Wheeldon, Witt.
First Utility Super League
Thu 21st May
Castleford Tigers16 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC10 - 17St Helens
Leeds Rhinos36 - 16Hull K R
Salford Red Devils18 - 34Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans Dragons58 - 16Wigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats18 - 30Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Warrington WolvesvsCatalans Dragons
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K R0 - 0Hull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
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- Victorious Giants irk coach
- Ellis kicks Tigers to victory
- Giants walk tall at the summit
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- Saints score win at Vikings
- Agar pays tribute to Cockayne
- Wildcats see off plucky Robins
- Dragons too hot for Reds
- Briers grabs point for Wolves
- KC Stadium clash postponed
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- Catalan v Salford: Teams
- Wildcats v Hull KR: Teams
- Warriors v Wolves: Teams
- Higham: Wolves looking sharp
- Hull FC v Bulls: Teams
- Briscoe set for Widnes return
- Ferres looking to beat London
- Lee expects more from Broncos
- Betts wary of Saints backlash
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