Unbeaten Saints too strong for weakened Giants

St Helens converted a 12-16 half-time lead into a 12-40 full-time convincing victory tonight at the John Smith’s Stadium. The Giants came into the game buoyed by their win at Wigan the previous Friday and in the first half they looked as though they could even repeat that feat against the undefeated league leaders. Smart play by Saints skipper James…

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Squad news for Friday’s two Super League games – as McGillvary returns for Huddersfield

Huddersfield v Warrington (7:45pm, John Smith’s Stadium) Huddersfield welcome back three big names for Friday’s clash with Warrington – including England star Jermaine McGillvary. The winger was injured in their warm-up game against Wakefield last month, but is back to full fitness and takes his place in Simon Woolford’s 19-man squad for the game. Ukuma Ta’ai and Lee Gaskell also…

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Catalans get off the mark against Giants

Catalans Dragons got their season up and running in Perpignan today with a convincing 27-10 victory over Huddersfield Giants that included two early tries from Brayden Wiliame. The Giants got off to a good start, with Matt Frawley touching down after just six minutes, with his halfback partner Izaac Farrell adding the conversion. The Dragons replied when Brayden Wiliame touched…

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Huddersfield set to lose McGillvary for ‘extended period’ after torn hamstring against Wakefield

Huddersfield could be without winger Jermaine McGillvary for a number of weeks after the England international suffered a torn hamstring in their friendly defeat at Wakefield on Thursday night. Giants coach Simon Woolford admitted that they are set to be without McGillvary for an ‘extended period’ after the winger left the field during the opening exchanges of their final pre-season…

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Wardle has ‘unfinished business’ with Giants

Huddersfield Giants forward Joe Wardle admitted he has ‘unfinished business’ after a quick return to the club was confirmed last week. The 27-year-old rejoined the Giants on an initial season-long loan from Castleford Tigers, with Jordan Rankin heading in the opposite direction in the wake of Luke Gale’s injury, with the move expected to be made permanent during the season.…

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Giants snap up Uate

Huddersfield Giants have Fijian winger Akuila Uate from Manly Sea Eagles on a three-year contract from 2019. Uate, 31, who made his debut for Newcastle Knights in 2008, has represented both Fiji and Australia at various times in his career, in particular helping Australia to win the 2011 Tri-Nations that was played in England. “Akuila is a player with true…

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New contracts for Giants’ stars

Huddersfield Giants have announced that Aaron Murphy and Dale Ferguson have extended their stay with the club with two-year contract extensions in each case. Murphy joined the Giants from Wakefield Trinity in 2012 and has gone on to score 75 tries in 166 matches for the club. Ferguson is enjoying his second spell with the Giants, racking up 90 appearances…

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Squad news for Friday’s two Super League Super 8s games

Hull FC v Castleford (7:45pm, KCOM Stadium, Sky Sports) Despite being beaten 80-10 at Warrington last week, injury-hit Hull FC make just one change to their 19-man squad for Friday night’s game against Castleford. Young centre Cameron Scott comes in – he replaces prop Mickey Paea, who joins the club’s lengthy injury list. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Castleford coach Daryl Powell names…

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Ryan Hinchcliffe reveals he’s returning to Australia to begin coaching career with Melbourne

Retiring Huddersfield forward Ryan Hinchcliffe has revealed how the opportunity to start his coaching career with former club Melbourne played a significant role in his decision to hang up his boots at the end of this season. Huddersfield were open to keeping Hinchcliffe in 2019, but the forward has opted to end his three-year stint with the Giants when his…

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