Match Preview: Huddersfield Giants (A)

The Saints are on the road for the first time in the Betfred Super League 2024 season, with an away fixture at the John Smith's Stadium to take on Huddersfield Giants on Saturday, 24th February with kick-off scheduled for 5:30pm.

🎟️ TICKET & ENTRY INFORMATION

Saints supporters will be based in the Magic Rock Brewing Stand which is unreserved seating.

A match ticket is required for entry to the John Smith’s Stadium. Away tickets are no longer available directly through St.Helens Ticket Office, but can purchased online up until kick-off on Huddersfield Giants’ ticketing website – click here.

There is NO pay at the turnstile option for away supporters, you can purchase a ticket at the Ticket Office on gameday but large queues are expected, so we advise where possible securing your ticket digitally online – here.

Turnstiles open from 4:30pm.

SAVE with Advance Prices (Gameday prices in the brackets below)

Ticket VariantUnreserved Seating
Adult£22 (£26)
Concession (65+) £17 (£21)
Under 17’s £10 (£11)

There will be a small number of Under 5 tickets with a steward who will be situated by the away turnstiles.

📰 SQUAD NEWS

Paul Wellens makes two changes to squad that was named for the season opening victory over London Broncos last week with Morgan Knowles and Moses Mbye stepping into the 21.

Click or tap on the image below to read more about our Round Two squad news.

Huddersfield Giants’ 21-man squad vs St.Helens

2. Adam Swift, 3. Esan Marsters, 4. Kevin Naiqama, 6. Tui Lolohea, 7. Adam Clune, 8. Chris Hill, 9. Adam Milner, 11. Jack Murchie, 12. Sam Hewitt, 14. Ashton Golding, 15. Matty English, 17. Olly Wilson, 18. Seb Ikahihifo, 19. Thomas Deakin, 20. Elliot Wallis, 21. Leroy Cudjoe, 22. Harvey Livett, 23. Olly Russell, 24. Sam Halsall, 25. Fenton Rogers, 26. Hugo Salabio.

👀 HAVE A LOOK AT HUDDERSFIELD…

Huddersfield failed to live up to expectation in 2023, after a strong season in 2022 that saw them make the Challenge Cup Final they strengthened their team and even Chairman Ken Davy was quoted as saying: “It is undoubtedly the strongest squad I’ve seen during my time at the club.”

Ian Watson’s side finished ninth and missed out on the play-offs by six points. The Giants Head Coach has had another strong recruitment window in prep for 2024, with an aim of getting back into the top six mix.

Watson has been backed heavily since coming through the door at Huddersfield in 2021, and 2024 sees even more recruits join his ranks. The most notable are NRL stars Adam Clune from Newcastle Knights, and Jack Murchie from Parramatta Eels, alongside strong pick ups from Hull FC with Adam Swift and Andre Savelio.

The Giants already had quality across their squad with Jake Connor being one of the league’s best on his day, veteran prop Chris Hill still strongly performing, Luke Yates leading the pack at loose-forward, and some young talent looking to estbalish themselves such as Sam Halsall, Connor Carr and Kieran Rush.

Consistency will be key for Giants, it’s an area of improvement from last season if they are to get  to the heights that their squad recruitment of recent years has teased. Mid-season form could prove crucial as in March and April they are on the road six out of seven times, with a series of home matches will follow in May.

THREE TO WATCH

  • Adam Swift – the former Saints winger is one of the league’s best wingers and was a highlight of Hull FC’s squad in recent years, he joins Huddersfield arguably in the form of his life and looking quick as ever
  • Jack Murchie – a direct replacement for the beloved Chris McQueen, the 6’4 back-rower will bring impact and earned the Player of the Match nod in his first appearance last week
  • Adam Clune – alongside Tui Lolohea or Olly Russell, the former Newcastle Knights play-maker is out to make an impact in Super League

🏉 THE REST OF ROUND 2 IN SUPER LEAGUE

Thursday

Hull KR 22-12 Leeds Rhinos

Friday

London Broncos 0-34 Catalans Dragons
Warrington Wolves 36-10 Hull FC

Sunday

Salford Red Devils vs Castleford Tigers – 3pm

🔻 WHAT KIT WILL SAINTS BE WEARING?

Whilst Saturday will be our first league away match of the year, the Saints’ will be wearing our 24 Home Kit!

Our traditional white shirt with a Red Vee is a sharper, modern look, with watermark shard designs whilst the ‘V’ itself is a subtle two-tone design, a feature never before seen on a St.Helens shirt.

Get your 24 Home Kit online by visiting saintssuperstore.com!

📲 HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE GAME? 

Saints will be covering the match in full across our Live Match Centre where you can find out the team news, follow live game updates, get behind the scenes photos and catch up on all the stories of the game.

Our club social media accounts will also keep supporters updated. Follow us on: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Highlights and the full match replay will be available for Saints TV subscribers.

Sky Sports subscribers can watch it live on Sky Sports Action, as can SuperLeague+ subscribers – Members can save £30 on an annual SuperLeague+ pass – more details here.

💬 COACH PREVIEW

Wellens looks ahead to his men taking on Huddersfield, he also talks about the big talking point in the league at present surrounding in game cards and the Match Review Panel.

Following the article published by Red V prop Alex Walmsley this week, Wellens reveals that Big Al approached him before looking to give his thoughts publicly.

Saints TV subscribers can watch the full Coach Preview with Paul Wellens!

📊 THE RECORD AGAINST LONDON

Super League summary

St Helens and Huddersfield have faced one another in Super League on 60 occasions, drawing just once. The head-to-head score weighs heavily in favour of the Saints, 45 to the Giants’ 13 wins.

The highest winning Saints score against Huddersfield came back in 1998, 68-18, but the widest winning margin was back in 2018 by 66-4.

Saints currently have a seven match winning record away at Huddersfield, including the 2020 fixture which was played at Headingley during the Covid pandemic.

Last ten meetings

St Helens 32, Huddersfield 18 (SLR1, 13/8/23)
St Helens 48, Huddersfield 6 (SLR14, 4/6/23)
Huddersfield 12, St Helens 14 (SLR6, 23/3/23)
St Helens 25, Huddersfield 0 (SLR19, 15/7/22)
Huddersfield 12, St Helens 24 (SLR9, 18/4/22)
St Helens 23, Huddersfield 18 (CCQF, 7/5/21) (at Emerald Headingley, Leeds)
Huddersfield 10, St Helens 18 (SLR4, 22/4/21)
Huddersfield 6, St Helens 54 (SLR11, 4/9/20) (at Emerald Headingley, Leeds)
St Helens 10, Huddersfield 12 (SLR6, 6/3/20)
St Helens 48, Huddersfield 6 (SLR28, 6/9/19)

™️ TOMMY TALKS BUILDING INTO 2024

After starting the new season with a score, our star wing man looks ahead to a tough test at the Giants in a hostile environment as they begin their home campaign.

Tommy also pays credit to the over 1,300 Saints fan who are heading to Huddersfield!

Watch the full player preview on Saints TV!

🗣️ WHO WILL BE THE MATCH OFFICIALS? 

Aaron Moore will be the referee for Saturday evening’s fixture, and he will be supported by Touch Judges Mark Craven and Cameron Worsley, and as with all Super League fixtures in 2024 there will also be the Video Referee Marcus Griffiths at Rugby League’s new remote refereeing base.

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