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Super League preview: Huddersfield Giants v Widnes Vikings
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Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson believes the return of Michael Lawrence will feel like a "new signing" as the back rower gets set to make his comeback against Widnes on Monday.
Lawrence has not featured so far in Super League due to an ankle injury suffered in a pre-season friendly against the Vikings in January.
His availability is a timely boost to a Giants squad that has lost two in a row to slip off the top of the table. They went down 21-20 at struggling Salford on Good Friday having previously been beaten 28-2 by Warrington.
"Bruno (Lawrence's nickname) is looking good," Anderson said. "That is great news because he will be like a new signing for us."
Luke George, Larne Patrick, Ukuma Ta'ai, Jamie Cording and Matty Dawson are also in Huddersfield's 19-man squad as Anderson looks to make changes.
Former Viking Anthony Mullally makes way, along with Stuart Fielden, Jacob Fairbank and Peter Aspinall, who made his debut against the City Reds.
Widnes coach Denis Betts has also shuffled his pack, bringing in an entirely new front row for the trip to the John Smith's Stadium.
Young trio Adam Lawton, Grant Gore and Tom Gilmore all look set to start despite numbering just two Super League appearances between them.
Ben Kavanagh, Phil Joseph, Macgraff Leuluai and Ben Davies could also come in to rest some of the players that performed so well in Friday's 38-22 victory over Warrington at the Stobart Stadium.
Betts saw his side beaten 66-6 on their last visit to Huddersfield, though they did triumph 26-22 on home soil in 2012.
Huddersfield: Grix, George, Cudjoe, Wardle, McGillvary, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Faiumu, Lawrence, Patrick, Ta'ai, Murphy, Cording, Ferguson, Dawson.
Widnes: Allen, Briscoe, Cahill, Davies, Dean, Flynn, Gerrard, Gilmore, Gore, Hock, Isa, Joseph, Kavanagh, Lawton, Leuluai, Mellor, Pickersgill, White, Winterstein.
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|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
|First Utility Super League|
|Saturday 11th October|
|St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington|
|Thursday 2nd October|
|St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons|
|Friday 26th September|
|Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons|
|Thursday 25th September|
|Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons|
|Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes|
|Friday 19th September|
|St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford|
|Thursday 18th September|
|Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R|
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