Super League: Hull FC v Huddersfield Giants preview
Last Updated: 11/04/14 11:20am
Two teams who suffered Tetley's Challenge Cup disappointment last week meet on Thursday as Hull FC tackle Huddersfield Giants at the KC Stadium.
The Black and Whites were taken to extra-time by Salford Red Devils, who then secured their place in the fifth round of the cup courtesy of Rangi Chase's drop-goal.
The Giants were dumped out in controversial circumstances as Danny Brough's drop-goal was disallowed only for Luke Walsh to slot home a late one-pointer to give St Helens the win at John Smith's Stadium.
The teams are locked on six points seven games into the new campaign. Hull's last league game saw them see off Salford 30-8 while the Giants' second-half capitulation meant a 33-14 home defeat to Warrington Wolves.
The home side are boosted by the return of captain Gareth Ellis, who missed the club's recent games against the Red Devils with a two-match ban.
There are no places for Ben Crooks or Richard Horne. Experienced campaigner Horne missed last Thursday's golden point defeat through injury.
Head coach Lee Radford has decisions to make as he is without two of his three centres against Giants in Crooks and Joe Arundel, while Jay Pitts also drops out.
Garreth Carvell is again named in the 19-man squad, but it remains to be seen whether he will feature.
Huddersfield boss Paul Anderson will be forced into one change for the team which lost to Saints in heart-breaking fashion, with Brett Ferres suspended for the game.
The England international was sent off with 15 minutes remaining in Sunday's game for a dangerous throw on Jonny Lomax which resulted in a red card.
The Giants also remain without England centre Leroy Cudjoe due to an ankle injury, although they did welcome back fit-again star hooker Shaun Lunt for the visit of Saints.
Hull FC: Bowden, Carvell, Colbon, Ellis, Hadley, Heremaia, Houghton, Miller, Paea, Paleaaesina, Rankin, Shaul, Talanoa, Thompson, Tuson, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.
Huddersfield Giants: Grix, McGillvary, Wardle, Murphy, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Chan, Bailey, Lawrence, Ta'ai, Wood, Broughton, Kaufusi, Johnson, Connor.
Watch Hull take on Huddersfield live on Sky Sports 1 at 8pm on Thursday.
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 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 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 2014, round eight
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Elliott Whitehead helped himself to a hat-trick of tries as Catalan Dragons eased past Widnes 42-20 in Perpignan.
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- Brown applauds Wellens effect
- Sandercock - Very pleasing
- Opening salvo pleases Harris
- Wane unhappy with attitude
- Wigan too strong for Broncos
- Rhinos make Wildcats suffer
- Wolves exposed by sharp Rovers
- Devils race seven past Bulls
- Saints comeback stuns Tigers
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- Radford praise for forwards
- Giants see Black and White
- Saints boss praises Tigers
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- Wolves v Rovers: Teams
- Rhinos v Wildcats: Teams
- Tigers v Saints: Teams
- Bulls v Red Devils: Teams
- Pivotal game for Hull, Giants
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