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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


Jamie Jones-Buchanan: Set to make his first appearance of the season for Leeds

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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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Super League Table

Super League Table - August 17 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 24 36
2 Wigan Warriors 24 33
3 Leeds Rhinos 24 32
4 Warrington Wolves 24 32
5 Castleford Tigers 24 32
6 Huddersfield Giants 24 32
7 Catalan Dragons 24 23
8 Widnes Vikings 24 23
9 Hull K R 24 21
10 Salford Red Devils 24 19
11 Wakefield Wildcats 24 19
12 Hull FC 24 18
13 Bradford Bulls * 24 8
14 London Broncos 24 2
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Thursday 28th August
20:00Warrington vs Huddersfield
Friday 29th August
20:00Widnes vs Wigan
20:00Hull vs Hull K R
20:00Leeds vs St Helens
Saturday 30th August
17:00Catalan Dragons vs London Broncos
Sunday 31st August
15:00Wakefield vs Salford
15:30Castleford vs Bradford
Thursday 4th September
20:00St Helens vs Warrington
Friday 5th September
20:00Wigan vs Leeds
Sunday 7th September
15:00Salford vs London Broncos

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