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Super League: Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield Wildcats

Last Updated: 01/09/13 6:10pm

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Huddersfield Giants know a victory in Sunday's home clash against Wakefield Wildcats will see them secure the League Leader's Shield for the first time in their history.

The achievement could yet be confirmed on Saturday if Warrington fail to beat St Helens, but Huddersfield will be confident of getting the job done if not.

They host a woefully out-of-form Wakefield outfit who have lost each of their last five matches.

Giants head coach Paul Anderson makes one change from the squad that won at London last weekend with Shaun Lunt replacing Ben Blackmore.

Huddersfield's talismanic forward Eorl Crabtree insists winning the Shield would be a huge moment for the club, stating: "I would have agreed in the past the Shield wasn't important, but when our club has won absolutely nothing for so long it really is a big deal."

"And you have to remember that it shows just how good we have been as a team this season and how far we have come in recent years."

Mariano back for Wakefield

Wakefield have also made one change from last weekend with Frankie Mariano fit to rejoin the group who were beaten 26-12 by St Helens.

Mariano takes the place of Kyle Amor in the 19-man squad with the Cumbrian forward having suffered a fracture in his hand this week.

Amor, who picked up the injury in training, will see a specialist next week to ascertain the full extent of the problem.

Huddersfield (from): 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Joe Wardle, 5. Jermaine McGillvary, 6. Danny Brough, 7. Luke Robinson, 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Shaun Lunt, 10. Craig Kopczak, 11. Brett Ferres, 13. David Faiumu, 14. Michael Lawrence, 15. Larne Patrick, 16. Jason Chan, 17. Ukuma Ta'ai, 18. Aaron Murphy, 19. Jamie Cording, 21. Dale Ferguson, 32. Kyle Wood

Wakefield (from): Richard Mathers, Peter Fox, Dean Collis, Lee Smith, Ben Cockayne, Tim Smith, Justin Poore, Paul Aiton, Andy Raleigh, Ali Lauitiiti, Danny Kirmond (c), Danny Washbrook, Oliver Wilkes, Frankie Mariano, Reece Lyne, Bobbie Goulding, Chris Annakin, Liam Kay, Taulima Tautai

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Super League 2013, round 26

Wildcats humbled by Huddersfield

Wildcats humbled by Huddersfield

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson gives his reaction to the 40-0 win over Wakefield.

Paul Anderson (right): Giants coach celebrates winning the League Leaders' Shield with assistant Kieron Purtill (left) and club owner Ken Davey (centre)

Anderson: Proud day for us

Paul Anderson says Huddersfield should be proud of their achievement in finishing top of the Super League table.

Huddersfield Giants celebrate with the League Leaders' Shield

Huddersfield clinch top spot

Huddersfield Giants secured the League Leaders' Shield with a 40-0 win over Wakefield Wildcats.

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