Huddersfield Vs Warrington: Challenge Cup Final Preview
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.
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