Huddersfield vs Warrington
Saturday 29 August 2009,
Huddersfield Giants enter the final of the 2009 Carnegie Challenge Cup for the first time in four years after their 24-14 win over three-year reigning champions St Helens on August 9th.
Team captain and fullback Brett Hodgson has been in fine form for the tournament, contributing with two tries and eight goals for a total of 24 points.
Second row Danny Kirmond will miss the final against Warrington after being ruled out with a knee injury.
Warrington Wolves reached the final for the first time since 1990 after a 39-26 win over Wigan in their semi-final encounter, which included three tries from Matt King.
Influential half-back Lee Briers has been cleared to play in the final after recovering from a facial injury sustained in the Super League. The 31-year-old is joint favourite with the bookies to take this year's Lance Todd Trophy for man of the match.
Huddersfield beat Warrington 28-10 in their last meeting on the 19th July, but the Wolves were victorious 40-18 in the meeting before this, on the 26th April.
With both teams ready for the final, the match looks set to be a close encounter. Huddersfield would appear as the natural favourites, after eliminating defending champions St Helens in the semi-finals, as well as holding a superior position on the Super League table, but anything could happen in this Wembley final, and so we're in for an exciting showdown between these two sides on Saturday.