Conditioning chief Greg Brown is confident the Huddersfield Giants will be in good shape when they host Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at the John Smith’s Stadium this afternoon (3.00).

Huddersfield host their West Yorkshire Super League rivals just three days after securing an excellent 42-22 triumph at star-studded Salford Red Devils.

 

The Giants stick with the same 19-man squad that won at the AJ Bell Stadium on Good Friday, while opponents Wakefield are forced to make changes in the wake of their 43-20 home defeat to Castleford Tigers on the same day.

And Brown is confident his players will be more than ready to get back on the field and build on Friday’s third top-flight triumph of the campaign – especially after taking advantage of using the ice-cold cryo-chamber which helps aid recovery.

“We’ve certainly left nothing to chance in getting the players right for today,” said Brown.

“Basically, the boys go through trauma on a weekly basis from playing and training, but especially in matches.

“They will have increased amounts of stress on their bodies and the cryo-therapy helps to reduce some of the inflammation and some of that soreness a little bit quicker. It is effectively a modern day ice treatment with additional benefits of getting three or four players in there at the same time.

“The Easter period throws up a few different challenges because you probably only have about a 48-hour period before you play again. Generally that’s the sort of time you spend trying to get the boys back to base line levels in terms of hydration, their eating, their body weight and their range of motion that they have, whereas over Easter you get that taken away from you.

“That’s why the cryo-therapy is so vitally important straight after the game, because it means we can then get the boys moving as quickly as possible with lots of mobility drills. Obviously, the hydration and the nutrition were sorted as soon as the game was done as well.

Danny Brough prepares to use a cryochamber after an earlier game
Danny Brough prepares to use a cryochamber after an earlier game
 

“On the Saturday, the players underwent ‘active’ rest, which is basically a light session, before receiving prehab massage yesterday to allow them to be as fresh as possible for today.”

With Giants head coach Paul Anderson confirming Luke Robinson is being given a rest over Easter to give himself time to get over a number of bumps, Huddersfield loom set to stick with Kyle Wood at scrum-half, while prop Antonio Kaufusi is hoping for a recall after sitting out the Salford win, the first game he has missed for the club.

And there’s again no place in the 19 for winger Jodie Broughton, who was always on the back foot to get his place back after Aaron Murphy’s hat-trick heroics against the Red Devils.

Injury-hit Wakefield, meanwhile, are set to give 17-year-old Jordan Crowther his second start, while Lucas Walshaw, Jon Molloy and Luke Briscoe have also been drafted in to replace injured quartet Dean Collis, Reece Lyne, Danny Kirmond and Pita Godinet.

Huddersfield: Grix, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, Murphy, Brough Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Chan, Bailey, Lawrence, Patrick, Ta’ai Wood, Kaufusi, Mullally, Johnson, Connor.

Wakefield: Mathers, Fox, Riley, Molloy, Sykes, Crowther Anderson, McShane, Walshaw, Briscoe, Washbrook, Ryan, Annakin Smith, Moore, Siejka, Sammut, Scruton, Raleigh.

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