Super League: Huddersfield Giants v London Broncos preview
Last Updated: 20/06/14 12:36pm
Huddersfield Giants will aim to consolidate their place in Super League's play-offs on Saturday when they host London Broncos at the John Smith's Stadium.
Back-to-back Super League successes has seen the Giants climb up to sixth in the ladder, while the capital side's search for a victory goes into a 17th match this weekend.
Huddersfield enter the clash on the back of victory over Leeds Rhinos, who continue to slip after taking an early-season lead, with a fantatstic second-half comeback at Headingley Carnegie resulting in a Giants win.
The visitors rallied from 12-6 down at the break to clinch a tense 24-22 triumph and extend their winning streak in Leeds to five matches.
Meanwhile, it looked like the Broncos wretched form was ready to give way at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium last Friday as Joe Grima's side entered the break 10-4 up.
Alas, their dismal run continued when Wakefield Wildcats turned the tables in the second half to record an 18-10 victory.
Although the Broncos remain rooted at the foot of the table, Giants assistant Kieron Purtill insists there is no room for complacency.
“Last time we played London our attitude towards the game, particularly doing the small things as individuals and then collectively as a group, wasn’t right," he told the club's official site.
"It turned out to be a really tough game. Our second half performance was a lot better than the first half performance down there, we don’t want a repeat of that.
"What we do want a repeat of is the 80 minutes effort against Leeds Rhinos and hopefully we will get that this week.”
Paul Anderson, the Huddersfield head coach, has made just one enforced change to the side which beat the Rhinos last time out.
A broken hand has ruled Aaron Murphy out, paving the way for Anthony Mullally to make his return to the match-day squad.
Broncos boss Grima names a total of three changes to the squad which made the trip to Wakefield last Friday with Erjon Dollapi, Joe Keyes and Denny Solomona all joining the travelling party.
Their inclusions mean there are no places for Ben Farrar, Maxime Herold and Jon Wallace, while winger Kieron Dixon is not yet fully fit.
It will be Grima's first trip to the John Smith's Stadium since replacing Tony Rea as Broncos head coach, but the Australian admits he has a lot of respect for his opposite number.
"Huddersfield have been great, they can certainly set up some shapes and tries and they have some big men through the middle of the field," he told London Broncos' official site.
"I've got a lot of respect for Paul Anderson as a coach and I think their six, seven and one are one of the best combinations in the competition."
Huddersfield Giants: Grix, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Kopczak, Ferres, Chan, Bailey, Lawrence, Patrick, Faiumu, Ta'ai, Wood, Broughton, Mullally, Johnson.
London Broncos: Caton-Brown, Cook, Cunningham, Dollapi, Drinkwater, Foster, Greenwood, Griffin, Keyes, Krasniqi, Lovell, Macani, Mataitonga, Minns, Moore, O'Callaghan, Slyney, Solomona, Vea.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield WildcatsLiveHull FC
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 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 17
St Helens coach Nathan Brown was delighted after watching his side return to form with victory over Castleford.
Leeds head coach Brian McDermott paid tribute to injury-depleted Widnes after his side secured a comfortable 38-28 win.
Warrington earned their seventh successive win as they beat Salford 36-20 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.