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Unhappy in Huddersfield
Posted by southstander on March 06 2014 - 18:26:53

Buchanan Back
Despite Huddersfield's surprising, some may say shocking, start to the season, this is still the game of the weekend and SKY pre-selected it for television.

A brilliant opening weekend win over the Warriors suggested that it would be another season where the Giants would lead from the front, but a throw away draw against Hull KR followed by a last quarter capitulation against the Vikings leaves the Giants with just three points from three games.

Leeds, on the other hand, are flying high with a 100% record and will be looking to overcome a hoodoo which has seen them winless against the Giants for two and a half years.

We preview the game, read more here...

Last week saw a thoroughly professional Rhinos trip to the Catalans Dragons where the win was never in question as we dominated a lacklustre French side.

Rhinos fans will be delighted to see Jamie Jones-Buchanan back in contention for the first time in 2014 as he is drafted into the Rhinos ninteen with an outside chance of playing tomorrow night.

There is no room for Ben Jones-Bishop who has spent the week under a cloud of rumours that he could be joining Liam Sutcliffe (Bradford) on a short loan period, possibly to Wakefield, to get him some essential Superleague XIX game time.

Big Mac names his ninteen man squad as; Hardaker, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Aiton, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Ward, Delaney, Bailey, Clarkson, Achurch, Briscoe and Singleton. I suspect that JJB will probably sit this one out along with Achurch or Singleton.

Coach Anderson must be wondering where his magic touch has gone after the disasters of the last two rounds.

There is no doubt that he's missing the inspirational play-maker Shaun Lunt, known well to Rhinos supporters as an integral part of their last Grand Final win. Anderson is also without Larne Patrick, injured against the Warriors on the opening weekend.

He's chosen to stick with the same squad that he took to Widnes last week, to give them a chance to put things right on the field. His nineteen is; Grix, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, Murphy, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Kopczak, Ferres, Chan, Bailey, Lawrence, Faiumu, Ta'ai, Wood, Broughton, Kaufusi, and Johnson.

The Rhinos have lost on the last four occasions that the two sides have met, and you have to go back to the Play-Offs of Superleague XVII in 2011 for a Rhinos win by 34-28 thanks to a Hardaker hat-trick and a Webb brace.

Last year we lost in Huddersfield by 18-40 and in 2012 we lost there 24-38. There are some scores to be settled.

Southstander.com Prediction
Giants 16 20 Rhinos

All the talk this week in the Huddersfield press has been of how this is the game to show the rest of the league what the Giants are all about in 2014. Players have said that this is the perfect fixture to play after that shocking defeat at Widnes, but I'd guess that they are all secretly wishing that it was the Broncos or the Dragons that were visiting on Friday night and not the Rhinos.

I think that this could be a belter and there will be very little to choose between the side. It could really go either way but I'll give the Rhinos a slight momentum edge.

The forecast for tomorrow is for some rain and temperatures topping out at ten degrees, summer has not yet arrivedin Huddersfield.

Travel safe and bring your best voice, oh, and enjoy the match.

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