Behind the Sticks - Week 7

A really good Super League clash is in prospect this Friday evening at the JJB Stadium when the Warriors face a tough challenge against Huddersfield Giants.

Both teams go into the clash on the back of victories, against Salford City Reds and Harlequins RL respectively. Over the last 15 months or so both sides have lacked the consistency to take their respective clubs to the next level of Super League and they will be looking to record consecutive victories this Friday.

The Giants have shown real improvement this season under new Head Coach Nathan Brown and are playing some really attractive rugby league. The Giants fans could be in for a real treat this season especially when the drier grounds arrive. A real plus for Huddersfield so far in 2009 is new full back Brett Hodgson who he has proved to be a good leader and explosive player.

Brown has instilled a positive team spirit throughout the squad and for the first time in Super League history Huddersfield could be genuine Grand Final contenders this year.

The Warriors played really well in spells last week and have quickly rid themselves of the previous week's defeat at the hands of the Leeds Rhinos. Again last week at the Willows young half back Sam Tomkins was outstanding. Not only did Tomkins score two tries but he really acquitted himself well and certainly won the battle of the young half backs against Salford City Reds youngster Richard Myler.

With pretty much a full squad to choose from - Karl Pryce, Paul Prescott and Tim Smith came back into the fold last week - competition for places is starting to hot up and this can only be good for the Warriors.

This game has the hallmarks of a classic encounter that could go either way. I just think with home advantage Wigan will edge this one with young Tomkins opening the scoring.

Enjoy the game.

Winning Margin: Wigan to beat Huddersfield Giants by 6-10 points.

1st Try Scorer: SSam Tomkins

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