Super League preview: Huddersfield Giants v Leeds Rhinos
Last Updated: 23/06/13 3:11pm
Huddersfield comfortably won the last meeting between the sides in the Challenge Cup
Second-placed Huddersfield go up against defending champions Leeds in a high-profile Super League clash on Sunday.
The Rhinos travel to the John Smith's Stadium lying in fourth, just three points behind Sunday's hosts with a game in hand.
The Giants have won the last three meetings between the sides but lost on their last outing at Hull KR and could face a few unfamiliar faces this weekend as the Rhinos name five teenagers in their 19-man squad for the match.
Alex Foster, 19, and 17-year-old Elliot Minchella could be in line for their senior debuts as the Rhinos are without the suspended Joel Moon and are missing a total of nine further players through injury.
If he plays, Minchella would become the first Leeds player to appear for the Rhinos who was born since Super League's inception.
The Rhinos boast 15 home-grown players in their squad and will be aiming to pick up where they left off having won their last two with a 42-24 win over Castleford followed by Monday's victory against Widnes.
Huddersfield's Shaun Lunt knows that his side cannot afford to take victory for granted over injury-hit Leeds and believes those coming in for the Rhinos are more than capable of challenging the Giants.
"They've got really good replacements for those who are ruled out, and we can't afford to take them for granted," said Lunt.
"I worked with them during my time at Leeds last season, so I know how talented they are."
The Giants make just one change to their squad with loanee hooker Brad Dwyer replaced by winger Matt Dawson in the 19.
Huddersfield squad: Grix, Cudjoe, Wardle, McGillvary, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Faiumu, Lawrence, Patrick, Ta'ai, Murphy, Cording, Ferguson, Mullally, Dawson.
Leeds squad: Hardaker, Jones-Bishop, Hall, Burrow, McShane, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Moore, Keinhorst, Singleton, Sutcliffe, Minns, Baldwinson, Foster, Minchella.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St 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 RvsHull 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
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2013 Round 19
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Stevo praised Warrington's composure after their late surge sealed victory over Wigan on Monday night.
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