Giants looking to end Wolves hoodoo


26th March 2014

Huddersfield Giants are set to welcome back hooker Shaun Lunt as they look to avoid a 10th successive defeat by bogey team Warrington Wolves.

The former England international, who was a Grand-Final winner with Leeds in 2012, has been sidelined with a knee injury since the Giants' opening match of the season almost two months ago.

Huddersfield have won only one of five matches in the absence of Lunt, who scored 23 tries last season, but he is expected to return against the Wolves at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday, with understudy Kyle Wood dropping to the bench.

"He trained today and, if he comes through Friday and Saturday, he could be returning," said Giants head coach Paul Anderson.

"We've missed him. A lot of pressure has been put on Kyle Wood to steer a team around the field."

Huddersfield will be without centre Joe Wardle for Sunday's game after he sprained an ankle in their 30-14 defeat by Catalan Dragons in Perpignan.

"He's done a fair amount of damage so he'll be missing for three to four weeks, which is not as bad as it could have been," Anderson said.

Anderson is likely to turn to Aaron Murphy or Michael Lawrence, who has completed a one-match ban, for the vacant spot, although he also has the option of switching Brett Ferres from the pack.

The Giants will be aiming to halt a nine-match losing run at the hands of former coach Tony Smith's Warrington, who knocked Huddersfield out of both the Challenge Cup and the play-offs, as well as completing a league double, in 2013.

However, previous meetings are of little interest to Anderson, who is more concerned about halting his team's disappointing run of form.

"I'm not bothered about Warrington," he said. "What's the point in me worrying about Warrington when we're not going so well?"