Match Preview: Huddersfield (H)

In association with Davanti Tyres, here is everything you need to know ahead of our Betfred Super League ROUND 3 clash against Huddersfield Giants AT THE DW STADIUM.

The World Champions return to league action on Friday night against Huddersfield Giants.

Squad News

Matt Peet has made two changes to the 21-player squad he named for the Betfred World Club Challenge clash against Penrith Panthers, as Luke Thompson and Jack Farrimond replace Mike Cooper and Kruise Leeming.

Wigan squad for Huddersfield:

Opposition

Huddersfield head coach Ian Watson has made one change to his 21-player squad, as Jake Connor returns in place of Fenton Rogers.

Previous Meetings

The Warriors have won eight of their last nine Super League matches against the Giants, as well as a victory over Huddersfield in the 2022 Challenge Cup Final.

Last 10 meetings:

  • Wigan 22, Huddersfield 6 (SLR17, 30/6/23)
  • Huddersfield 12, Wigan 14 (SLR5, 17/3/23)
  • Huddersfield 14, Wigan 16 (CCF, 28/5/22) (at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London)
  • Huddersfield 32, Wigan 22 (SLR12, 12/5/22)
  • Wigan 22, Huddersfield 12 (SLR3, 24/2/22)
  • Huddersfield 12, Wigan 14 (SLR9, 16/7/21)
  • Wigan 16, Huddersfield 12 (SLR14, 11/7/21)
  • Wigan 19, Huddersfield 6 (SLR20, 6/11/20) (at Emerald Headingley, Leeds)
  • Huddersfield 10, Wigan 42 (SLR5, 1/3/20)
  • Huddersfield 22, Wigan 38 (SLR19, 21/6/19)

Super League summary:

  • Wigan wins: 40
  • Huddersfield wins: 17
  • Draws: 2
Coaches Quotes

Matt Peet spoke to the press at Robin Park Arena ahead of the clash against the West Yorkshire side.

The Warriors head coach said: “We’ll learn a lot from our performance this week, whether we’re capable of going again and maintaining our standards.”

On Huddersfield Giants, Peet said: “They are a very determined, structured and organised team. Everyone knows their role really well, they commit to their processes, and they don’t give you much – you’ve got to earn it.”

Read Peet’s pre-match quotes in full HERE.

Tickets

Join us on Friday night as we celebrate becoming World Champions for the first time since 2017, with tickets reduced to £5. Please note that supporters who had already purchased tickets at full price will automatically receive a refund.

Tickets can be purchased in-person from the DW Stadium Ticket Office, by calling 01942311111, or online HERE.

All season ticket holders and match purchasers have now been sent paper tickets by post or emailed tickets for the game.

However:

  • If you have received a ticket by email with links to add to your device’s wallet, we are aware of an issue when attempting to add to wallet. Please show the email you have received either on your device or printed at the turnstiles and sit in your allocated seats (except South Stand which is unreserved). 
  • If you have received a paper ticket, please present this at the turnstiles and sit in the seat indicated on the ticket (except South Stand which is unreserved).
  • If you have not received any match tickets or if you have been issued the wrong seats for season tickets, please contact the ticket office.

A full ticketing statement ahead of the clash against Huddersfield is available to read HERE.

Fan Village
Photo: Bernard Platt

Our Fan Village will be open from 5:30pm on Friday evening to soak up all the pre-match atmosphere inside Robin Park Arena!

Highlights from our Betfred World Club Challenge victory over Penrith Panthers will be shown on our screens from 6pm, whilst there will also be an opportunity to grab a picture with the trophy.

Supporters will be able to listen to live music from guitar/vocalist Dave McNamara, and our two on-site bars will be in operation from when doors open. Food will also be available out on the running track. Please note that our Fan Village bars only accept card payments.

At around 7:30pm the First Team, led by Club stalwarts Malcolm Clarke, Jack Roden and John Jackson, will walk through the Fan Village with the Betfred World Club Challenge prior to warming up on the pitch ahead of kick off.

Between 6-7pm, children are invited to take part in our Community Foundation led activities, which includes our try scoring inflatable, wheelchair rugby, and our Davanti Tyres passing challenge. Places are limited, and we ask that interested participants meet at the red Community Foundation gazebo on the running track.

Before the World Champions take to the field at the DW Stadium, enjoy live music from the fantastic ‘Boomin Band’ from 7:10pm.

Kit Check

The Warriors will play in their home kit on Friday night.

Not got yours? All our 2024 Kappa match and training wear is available to purchase in-store and online HERE.

Match Officials

The referee in charge on Friday night will be Jack Smith, whilst Ben Thaler has been selected as the video referee.

How to Follow

Watch Live

Supporters can watch the match live on Super League + with individual game passes available to purchase now for £6.99 HERE. Game passes will increase to £9.99 tomorrow, with monthly and annual passes also available.

The clash will also be shown live on Sky Sports Arena from 7:55pm.

Listen Live

Listen to free audio commentary of Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants from 7:50pm via our Mixlr page HERE. Alternatively, you can simply use the pop out player below:

WiganTV is on Mixlr

Social Media:

As an alternative to following the game, Wigan fans can keep up-to-date with every piece of the action via our social media channels and website:

  • X (@WiganWarriorsRL) – live game updates and reaction at the final hooter.
  • Instagram (@wiganwarriorsrl) – behind-the-scenes action, both before and after kick-off.
  • Facebook (Wigan Warriors) – live matchday information and reaction.
  • Website (www.wiganwarriors.com) – post-match reaction including match report, and head coach and players reaction.
Thursday 29 February 2024