Huddersfield Giants host league leaders Castleford Tigers

Huddersfield Giants face Castleford Tigers at the John Smiths Stadium on Thursday night in round 13 of the Betfred Super League.

The Giants go into the game on the back of an impressive 31-12 victory over Leeds Rhinos at Headingley Stadium.

The result leaves them in 10th place with eight points going into this round of fixtures.

The game was particularly special for 19 year old Matty English, who made his Super League debut in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

The prop has come through the Academy at Huddersfield and toured Australia with the England academy last year.

Matty English (right) in action against Leeds Rhinos

Head coach Rick Stone will be without a number of his players through injury.

Half-back Lee Gaskell, signed from Bradford Bulls this year, will miss out with a hamstring strain, and the Giants will also be without their captain Leroy Cudjoe for a couple of weeks.

Despite the injuries, Stone told giantsrl.com that the team are well prepared: “We’ve had the luxury of a seven day turnaround this week, we haven’t had that for the last month so we’ve been able to get out on the training field more and get ourselves ready.”

A win for the Giants could see them leapfrog Warrington Wolves into ninth, should the Wolves fail to beat St Helens on Friday night.

There will be a host of pre-match activities for fans to enjoy, and the club are hoping for a bumper crowd to cheer them on against in-form Castleford.

The zone is open from 5.30 pm, where there will be play areas, face painters, giveaways and the chance to meet members of the Giants’ squad and the mascot Big G.

Giants season ticket holders can also ‘bring a buddy’, with that person gaining discounted access to the stadium.

Giants fan Jake Rowlands is relatively confident ahead of the match.

He said: “I am expecting a result tomorrow given the fact Castleford are missing Gale, Hardaker, McMeeken and Roberts.

“I think last week will have given us some confidence.”

He also had his say on Rick Stone: “I think he’s been dealt a bad hand with the mess left by Paul Anderson.

“I’ve been very critical of him myself but I feel he will do a good job for us next season.

“This year is about survival, we will be back in the top four next year.”

Giants head coach Rick Stone

Tributes will paid to Jennifer Davy, the wife of Huddersfield chairman Ken Davy, who sadly passed away last Wednesday.



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