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Huddersfield Giants v Salford Red Devils – Match preview

After a disappointing start to the 2018 campaign Huddersfield were the first team to part company with their coach. Australian Rick Stone who led the Giants to a top 8 finish last year left a few weeks ago. Since then an encouraging 22-22 draw at home to Leeds on Good Friday has given the fans hope they can repeat last year’s finish.

img_1580Salford’s record away at Huddersfield makes good reading in recent years having won for the last 4 years since tasting defeat in 2013. After being promoted to Super League ahead of the 1998 season the first few years for the Giants were a struggle. A big turnover of players, a merger with Sheffield Eagles that didn’t come off, they were relegated at the end of the 2001 season. Former Warrington and Leeds coach Tony Smith was in charge back then and did a tremendous job in 2002 to win promotion back to Super League defeating Leigh in the Division one Grand Final.

Since then the Giants have more than held their own making great strides under former coaches Nathan Brown and Paul Anderson. They finished top of the table in 2013 lifting the League Leaders Shield. With regular play off appearances since their last promotion it’s fair to say Huddersfield have made real progress in the past decade.

Super League away record

Huddersfield 11

Salford 9

Draws 0

1998 Huddersfield 12 Salford 16

1999 Huddersfield 24 Salford 10

2000 Huddersfield/Sheffield 10 Salford 18

2001 Huddersfield 24 Salford 32

2001 Huddersfield 35 Salford 14

2004 Huddersfield 26 Salford 14

2004 Huddersfield 28 Salford 22

2005 Huddersfield 26 Salford 10

2006 Huddersfield 32 Salford 18

2006 Huddersfield 24 Salford 18

2007 Huddersfield 16 Salford 18

2009 Huddersfield 4 Salford 24

2010 Huddersfield 52 Salford 4

2011 Huddersfield 52 Salford 22

2012 Huddersfield 36 Salford 10

2013 Huddersfield 46 Salford 4

2014 Huddersfield 10 Salford 36

2015 Huddersfield 12 Salford 18

2016 Huddersfield 24 Salford 26

2017 Huddersfield 20 Salford 30

They played for both

Here are a selection of players who have played for both clubs;

Steve Kerry, Danny Arnold, Greg Austin, David Bradbury, Jodie Broughton, Ryan Clayton, Gavin Clinch, Greg Eden, Simon Finnigan, Matt Gardner, Lee Gaskell, Martin Gleeson, Bobbie Goulding, Darrel Griffin, Josh Griffin, Neil Harmon, David Hodgson, Graham Holroyd, Andy Johnson, Phil Joseph, Craig Kopzack, Michael korkidas, Tommy Lee, Martin Moana, Chris Nero, Robbie Paul, Luke Robinson, Jordan Turner, Adam Walne, Paul White and Stephen Wild.

A match to remember 5th July 2014

Huddersfield 10 Salford 36

Salford overcame the dismissal of Lama Tasi for a late tackle on Danny Brough to record their best win of a mostly troubled season. In the glorious Yorkshire sunshine Kevin Locke made his eagerly anticipated debut. The New Zealander lived up to the expectations with a thrilling display. Salford’s speed was there for all to see as they tore the Giants apart down the flanks with Locke and Mason Caton Brown scoring long range tries. Lama Tasi was shown a red card on the hour mark for a Challenge on Danny Brough. Salford were leading 4-18 at this stage.

Despite being down to twelve men it was a wonderful day for us running in three more tries from Greg Johnson, Theo Fages and Kevin Locke.

Going in to this game Huddersfield had won 9 out of there last 10 matches. This was a day where everything clicked for Iestyn Harris’s Salford side and the travelling supporters certainly had a new hero in Locke.


For one reason or another Locke’s time at Salford didn’t really work out. Injury problems seemed to scupper his progress. In the end he left and went to Wakefield but sadly it ended in strange circumstances there too.

Sunday’s match

This weekend’s match is crucial for both sides. Salford currently have 6 points in the league with Huddersfield just below on 5. The Giants have some exciting players including former Salford favourite Jordan Turner, Lee Gaskell, Australian grafter Ryan Hinchcliffe and the ever exciting Danny Brough.

There is plenty of quality amongst the Huddersfield squad including a host of new young talent. This promises to be a really exciting game and one definitely not to miss. The action gets under way at 3pm.

Enjoy the match everyone.

Paul Whiteside.


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