0 Have your say St Helens v Huddersfield Giants: Giants can compound Saints’ disappointment The West Yorkshire club head over having won nine of their last 10 games, transforming their season having once looked like relegation candidates. We’re expecting a backlash from Saints as they’ll know they didn’t really perform in what was a massive game for the club. Jordan Turner Remarkably, Huddersfield now have an outside chance of even reaching the semi-finals although runaway frontrunners Saints – smarting after last Sunday’s shock Challenge Cup semi-final loss to Catalans Dragons – are sure to be keen on quickly denting their progress.Giants centre Turner said: “I think the whole Super 8s, not just Friday, will be a test of how far we have come as a team.“Our form’s been really good in the regular season to get in there but that was the same last year and then we just completely fell away in the … [Read more...] about JORDAN TURNER believes tonight’s battle with Super League leaders St Helens will give answers to just how much Huddersfield Giants have evolved in 2018.
Suaia Matagi will be looking to make a big impact against St Helens on his Huddersfield Giants debut, but the whole squad are aiming to ruffle feathers by maintaining blistering form into the Super 8s. That’s the message from head coach Simon Woolford as the Claret and Gold go hunting a fifth successive victory against the Super League leaders at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Powerhouse prop Matagi is in line to make his first appearance in place of injured Michael Lawrence , with Ollie Roberts also returning to the pack for Aaron Murphy. Fans are hoping the Giants can take advantage of the fact that Saints might still be reeling from their shock Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final defeat to Catalans Dragons, but Woolford says no-one can be distracted from the job in hand. “They are at the top of the table for a reason – they have been a really good team all year,” said Woolford of St Helens, who have named an unchanged 19-man squad. “I thought they were … [Read more...] about WhyGiants have to prepare for best St Helens and not the Cup flops
9 Aug From the section Rugby League Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/45130971 Read more about sharing. St Helens loose forward Jon Wilkin will leave at the end of the season after 16 years at the Super League club.The 34-year-old arrived from Hull KR in 2002 and has made almost 400 appearances for Saints.Wilkin won the Super League Grand Final in 2006 and 2014, four Challenge Cups and the 2007 World Club Challenge."I could have left to earn more money but I never did because I genuinely believed in what we were doing," Wilkin told the Whippets & Flat Caps podcast. Find out more The Super League Show Read more on The Super League Show The Super League Show Facebook Read more on The Super League Show Facebook BBC Liverpool News & Sport Read more on BBC … [Read more...] about Jon Wilkin: St Helens’ loose forward to leave at the end of the season
7 Aug From the section Rugby League Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/45099985 Read more about sharing. St Helens will be without England international Alex Walmsley for at least another month as he continues his recovery from a neck injury.The 28-year-old prop needed an operation after breaking a bone in his neck against Warrington on 9 March."The surgeon just wants to see a bit more bone regrowth," head coach Justin Holbrook told BBC Radio Merseyside."We hoped for him to resume playing last week but the surgeon wants to wait four weeks for another scan."He added: "Alex has done everything right in training and is lifting heavy weights, but he can't do full contact until he gets the all-clear."As a coach I want him on the field but the long-term future is the most important thing."However, … [Read more...] about Alex Walmsley: St Helens prop to wait another month for injury return
Huddersfield Giants may well face Morgan Knowles when they kick off their Super 8s campaign at leaders St Helens on Friday night. The Saints forward has avoided further punishment for a high tackle in his team’s shock 35-16 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final defeat by Catalans Dragons. The Welsh international was sin-binned for the tackle on Catalans forward Kenny Edwards six minutes before half-time at Bolton on Sunday and has been told by the Rugby Football League’s match review panel that the yellow card was sufficient punishment. It means Knowles will be available for Saints’ clash with the Giants at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Saints head coach Justin Holbrook conceded after the semi-final defeat he has work to do to pick his players up. “We tried to outplay them right from the start and played into their hands,” he said of the Catalans defeat. “They’re a big, strong team and they’ll punish you if you give them that much ball. … [Read more...] about St Helens forward Morgan Knowles escapes ban for Huddersfield Giants clash