Matty Russell in line to start against Giants

Gareth O’Brien could be dropped for Warrington’s trip to Huddersfield on Sunday after Wolves coach Tony Smith hinted that Matty Russell is in line for his first starting appearance.

O’Brien struggled to make an impact during Warrington’s 12-4 defeat against Wigan last Thursday, while Russell did well after being introduced off the bench.

Russell’s introduction prompted Stefan Ratchford to join Richie Myler in the halves, and that could be the combination Smith uses for the trip to the John Smith’s Stadium this weekend.

Smith said: “We were looking for a spark [against Wigan] and Matty sure gave us a spark. He made an impression when he came on, as he has done for the last couple of weeks. He’s getting closer to forging his way in there.

“It’s taken a bit of time for him, because he’s had and injury and some frustration from that, but now he’s getting close to his opportunity arising. He’s throwing a whole lot at each of the games he’s been in.

“We’ll certainly have a closer look at Matty for next week. I think he’s feeling more comfortable about playing with our guys and I’d say he’ll be pushing very hard.”

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