Super League preview: Huddersfield Giants v Warrington Wolves
Last Updated: 30/03/14 2:40pm
Huddersfield Giants welcome back Shaun Lunt from injury ahead of Sunday's Super League clash against Warrington Wolves at the John Smith's Stadium.
Former Leeds Rhinos loanee has not played for the Giants since their opening-night victory at Wigan, meaning he did not feature in last Saturday's surprise loss to Catalan Dragons.
Huddersfield's loss in the south of France means Paul Anderson's men, who won the League Leaders' Shield last season, are down in fifth place six games into the new season.
Anderson has Michael Lawrence back from suspension and he is joined alongside Jake Connor and Lunt in the 19-man squad. Joe Wardle, Aaron Murphy and Jacob Fairbank all miss out.
Wardle damaged ankle ligaments in Perpignan, however Anderson feels he has the squad depth to copy with the centre's absence.
"Losing Joe for three to four weeks with his ankle injury is obviously far from ideal," said Anderson told the Huddersfield Examiner. "But we're not exactly short of options.
"We've got the option of putting Michael Lawrence back in at centre after serving his one-match ban or switching Brett Ferres to the three-quarters and giving Ukuma Ta'ai a start in the back row."
Warrington Wolves head coach Tony Smith has named an unchanged 19-man squad from that which suffered a 12-4 home defeat to Wigan Warriors last week.
Smith could bring Matty Russell in at full-back for the trip to West Yorkshire allowing previous incumbent Stefan Ratchford to join either Gareth O'Brien or Richie Myler in the halves.
The Wolves were slow out of the blocks against Wigan last time out and England international Ben Westwood is hoping his team-mates are alive from the off on Sunday.
"In the first 15 to 20 minutes against Wigan they got on top of us a little bit and then we decided to have a go," Westwood told the Warrington Guardian.
"Question is, why is it taking 20 minutes or why is it taking something to happen that gets 'our mad up' before we start. Let's start off early, get stuck into them, rip in, and it might work for us."
Huddersfield Giants: Grix, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Chan, Bailey, Lawrence, Faiumu, Ta'ai, Wood, Broughton, Kaufusi, Johnson, Connor.
Warrington Wolves: Asotasi, Atkins, Bridge, B. Evans, R. Evans, Grix, Higham, Hill, Laithwaite, J. Monaghan, M. Monaghan, Myler, O'Brien, Ormsby, Ratchford, Riley, Russell, Waterhouse.
First Utility Super League
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants34 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos36 - 22Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings21 - 20Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers6 - 44Warrington Wolves
Thu 6th Aug - Super 8's
Wigan WarriorsvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 7th Aug - Super 8's
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Hull FC
Leeds RhinosvsWarrington Wolves
Sat 8th Aug - Super 8's
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Thu 13th Aug - Super 8's
Castleford TigersvsWarrington Wolves
Fri 14th Aug - Super 8's
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
St Helens0 - 0Hull FC
Thu 20th Aug - Super 8's
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 21st Aug - Super 8's
Hull FC0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Sat 22nd Aug - Super 8's
Catalans DragonsvsCastleford Tigers
Thu 3rd Sep - Super 8's
Huddersfield GiantsvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 4th Sep - Super 8's
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sat 5th Sep - Super 8's
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Sun 6th Sep - Super 8's
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Thu 10th Sep - Super 8's
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 11th Sep - Super 8's
Wigan WarriorsvsHull FC
Sat 12th Sep - Super 8's
Catalans DragonsvsLeeds Rhinos
Sun 13th Sep - Super 8's
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Thu 17th Sep - Super 8's
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 18th Sep - Super 8's
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 19th Sep - Super 8's
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Fri 25th Sep - Super 8's
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Hull FC0 - 0Catalans Dragons
St Helens0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
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Paul Anderson admitted his side only have themselves to blame after blowing a 14-4 lead to lose 33-14 to Warrington.
Hull KR won successive Super League games for the first time since July with a commanding 44-6 victory over Wakefield.
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