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Super League preview: Huddersfield Giants v Leeds Rhinos

Last updated: 7th March 2014  

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Paul Anderson: Could name an unchanged side for Friday's visit of the Rhinos

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Huddersfield Giants will be looking to maintain their excellent run of form against Leeds Rhinos on Friday, live on Sky Sports 1.

The Giants beat Leeds home and away last season, along with knocking Brian McDermott's men out of the Tetley's Challenge Cup.

Giants head coach Paul Anderson could field an unchanged side for the clash at the John Smith's Stadium.

Huddersfield have named the same 19-man squad as last week when the 2013 table-toppers suffered a late 22-20 defeat at Widnes Vikings.

"Because of the size of our squad we don't have the option of making too many changes," said Anderson.

"On top of that, a couple of disappointing performances doesn't make us a bad team, and I know those who played at Widnes last week are desperate to put things right against Leeds."

First appearance

Leeds' Jamie Jones-Buchanan could make his first appearance of the season after overcoming a torn calf muscle ahead of Friday's short trip across the M62.

The forward has not played since last season's play-off defeat at Wigan and missed the World Cup with England due to a knee injury.

He was due to make a full return at the start of the season only to suffer a torn calf on the eve of the club's pre-season training camp in Portugal.

Australian forward Mitch Achurch has been drafted back into the squad with Liam Sutcliffe joining Bradford Bulls on a month's loan. Ben Jones-Bishop misses out once again.

"It has probably been the longest lay-off I've ever had, so there's a few nerves going into this week," Jones-Buchanan told the YEP. "The team has been fantastic, everybody's playing real well and there's real competition for places."

Huddersfield Giants: Grix, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, Murphy, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Kopczak, Ferres, Chan, Bailey, Lawrence, Faiumu, Ta'ai, Wood, Broughton, Kaufusi, Johnson.

Leeds Rhinos: Hardaker, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Aiton, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Ward, Delaney, Bailey, Clarkson, Achurch, Briscoe, Singleton.

Don't miss any of the action from the John Smith's Stadium on Friday as Huddersfield Giants host Leeds Rhinos live on Sky Sports 1 from 7.30pm

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First Utility Super League Table

First Utility Super League Table - February 27 2015
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 3 6
2 Leeds Rhinos 3 6
3 Wakefield Wildcats 2 4
4 Warrington Wolves 2 4
5 Wigan Warriors 2 3
6 Hull FC 2 2
7 Catalans Dragons 2 2
8 Widnes Vikings 2 1
9 Castleford Tigers 3 0
10 Hull K R 2 0
11 Huddersfield Giants 3 0
12 Salford Red Devils 2 0
Forthcoming First Utility Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
First Utility Super League
Friday 27th February
20:00St Helens vs Castleford Tigers
Saturday 28th February
14:00Catalans Dragons vs Warrington Wolves
19:30Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC
Sunday 1st March
15:00Hull K R vs Wigan Warriors
15:00Widnes Vikings vs Wakefield Wildcats
Thursday 5th March
20:00Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos
Friday 6th March
20:00Wakefield vs St Helens
20:00Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings
20:00Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors
Saturday 7th March
15:30Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils
Today's Results
TimeResult
First Utility Super League
Thursday 26th February
Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants
Sunday 15th February
Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R
Saturday 14th February
Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford
Friday 13th February
Hull 6 - 7 Warrington
Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes
Wigan 24 - 16 Huddersfield
Thursday 12th February
Salford 6 - 52 St Helens
Sunday 8th February
Castleford 22 - 24 Wakefield
Huddersfield 0 - 19 Hull
Hull K R 30 - 40 Leeds

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