Match Preview | Toronto Wolfpack v Huddersfield Giants
09/03/2020 by Aiden McNicholas
Toronto Wolfpack enter the 2020 Challenge Cup on Wednesday evening when Huddersfield Giants welcome them to The John Smith’s Stadium. The debut meeting between the two sides, elimination from the prestigious competition will be on the line when the clash gets underway at 7.45pm UK time, 3.45pm in Toronto. Fans worldwide will be able to watch live via the Our League app, with sign up available online by clicking here.
Held annually since 1896, the Challenge Cup brings UK Rugby League together, featuring a mix of amateur, semi-professional and professional Clubs all vying for a place in the illustrious Final at Wembley Stadium. Toronto have taken part in the Cup twice in their history, reaching the fifth round in 2017 as a League One side and the sixth round in 2018 while playing in the Championship.
Wednesday’s fixture between Toronto and Huddersfield forms part of the Cup’s fifth round, the first round to feature teams from the Super League. Four Clubs from the top division enter the draw at this stage, with the final eight commencing their campaigns in round six.
Huddersfield currently hold fourth place in the Super League standings with four wins from five games to date. The Giant’s are level on wins with Leeds and Castleford, who hold second and third spots, with just a narrow for and against differential keeping them in fourth.
The Giants are coming off a nail-biting two-point triumph over reigning Super League Champions St Helens last Friday night. Remarkably, the result was St Helens’ first top division loss in front of their home fans since 2018. Huddersfield have now beaten both 2019 Grand Finalists this year, and both away from home, after taking care of Salford Red Devils at AJ Bell Stadium in round three.
Adam O’Brien was integral in the Giants win over St Helens, opening the scoring in the sixth minute with his third try of the season. Also laying 51 tackles, O’Brien continued his bright run of form to begin the season and Toronto will be looking to shut him down on Wednesday.
Wolfpack Head Coach Brian McDermott will also be developing a plan for Huddersfield halfback Aidan Sezar. Currently sitting fifth in the Steve Prescott Man of Steel Award, Sezar is one of the most important cogs in the Giants machinery. Winger Jermaine McGillvary is another weapon Toronto will be looking to blunt this week. The 227-game veteran has already made for than 600 metres this year and has the ball in his hands more than any other player in the Giants side.
For Toronto, Joe Mellor and Darcy Lussick have both been named in Wednesday’s squad and are a chance to feature in the clash. Mellor has not played since injuring his hand against Salford on February 8 while Lussick is yet to make his maiden 2020 appearance following hernia surgery. Trialist Tony Gigot’s fourth appearance for the Wolfpack will be a return to the Challenge Cup after he was awarded the best afield trophy in the 2018 Final as his Catalans side defeated Warrington Wolves to claim the title.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7.45pm UK time, 3.45pm in Toronto and tickets are available through the Giants ticketing page by clicking here. Fans can also watch the game live through the Our League app by signing up online by clicking here.
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