Super League preview: Huddersfield Giants v Warrington Wolves
Last Updated: 30/03/14 2:40pm
Huddersfield Giants welcome back Shaun Lunt from injury ahead of Sunday's Super League clash against Warrington Wolves at the John Smith's Stadium.
Former Leeds Rhinos loanee has not played for the Giants since their opening-night victory at Wigan, meaning he did not feature in last Saturday's surprise loss to Catalan Dragons.
Huddersfield's loss in the south of France means Paul Anderson's men, who won the League Leaders' Shield last season, are down in fifth place six games into the new season.
Anderson has Michael Lawrence back from suspension and he is joined alongside Jake Connor and Lunt in the 19-man squad. Joe Wardle, Aaron Murphy and Jacob Fairbank all miss out.
Wardle damaged ankle ligaments in Perpignan, however Anderson feels he has the squad depth to copy with the centre's absence.
"Losing Joe for three to four weeks with his ankle injury is obviously far from ideal," said Anderson told the Huddersfield Examiner. "But we're not exactly short of options.
"We've got the option of putting Michael Lawrence back in at centre after serving his one-match ban or switching Brett Ferres to the three-quarters and giving Ukuma Ta'ai a start in the back row."
Warrington Wolves head coach Tony Smith has named an unchanged 19-man squad from that which suffered a 12-4 home defeat to Wigan Warriors last week.
Smith could bring Matty Russell in at full-back for the trip to West Yorkshire allowing previous incumbent Stefan Ratchford to join either Gareth O'Brien or Richie Myler in the halves.
The Wolves were slow out of the blocks against Wigan last time out and England international Ben Westwood is hoping his team-mates are alive from the off on Sunday.
"In the first 15 to 20 minutes against Wigan they got on top of us a little bit and then we decided to have a go," Westwood told the Warrington Guardian.
"Question is, why is it taking 20 minutes or why is it taking something to happen that gets 'our mad up' before we start. Let's start off early, get stuck into them, rip in, and it might work for us."
Huddersfield Giants: Grix, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Chan, Bailey, Lawrence, Faiumu, Ta'ai, Wood, Broughton, Kaufusi, Johnson, Connor.
Warrington Wolves: Asotasi, Atkins, Bridge, B. Evans, R. Evans, Grix, Higham, Hill, Laithwaite, J. Monaghan, M. Monaghan, Myler, O'Brien, Ormsby, Ratchford, Riley, Russell, Waterhouse.
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Sun 22nd Mar
Wakefield Wildcats14 - 44Huddersfield Giants
Widnes Vikings20 - 16Hull K R
Thu 26th Mar
Salford Red Devils36 - 8Widnes Vikings
Fri 27th Mar
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Hull FC
Hull K RvsSt Helens
Warrington WolvesvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan WarriorsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sat 28th Mar
Catalans DragonsvsLeeds Rhinos
Thu 2nd Apr
Hull FCvsHull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Fri 3rd Apr
Castleford TigersvsLeeds Rhinos
Wigan WarriorsvsSt Helens
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Mon 6th Apr
Warrington WolvesvsCastleford Tigers
Hull K R0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Wigan Warriors
St Helens0 - 0Hull FC
Catalans DragonsvsWidnes Vikings
Fri 10th Apr
Hull FCvsWidnes Vikings
Sat 11th Apr
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Castleford TigersvsHull K R
Sun 12th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0St Helens
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Apr
Wigan WarriorsvsWarrington Wolves
Fri 17th Apr
St HelensvsLeeds Rhinos
Sun 19th Apr
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield WildcatsvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds RhinosvsWarrington Wolves
St Helens0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans DragonsvsHull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
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