GEORGE HINCHLIFF makes a rare home start for Huddersfield tomorrow against Kendal (3.00) following a sterling performance in the second row last week at Hull.
Hinchliff has struggled to retain a place in the squad this season after the team was strengthened during the close season, but he impressed coach Mark Sowerby when introduced at Hull and deserves his starting berth alongside Ben Harris in the second row, with Gavin Rhodes reverting to the subs’ bench.
The other major change sees exciting young winger James Wood swapping places with Adam Sutcliffe, with Donovan van Vuuren on the opposite wing against a team that Huddersfield have struggled to conquer when they have met over the last few seasons.
The nearest they came to a win was in 2008 at Mint Bridge when they led the Cumbrians until the last minute of the game, when the then full-back Rob McLaren gifted Kendal a match-winning score to take the points 11-9.
“I can’t remember the last time Huddersfield beat Kendal, and it’s about time we set that record straight, and there is no better time than this week,” said Sowerby.
“We were up against a huge pack last week at Hull, and they certainly didn’t push us around, so in the mood we are in, there is absolutely no reason to fear Kendal’s set of forwards tomorrow.
“We know it will be another very tough game, it always is against Kendal, but we have started to gather some momentum, and I want to see us carry that forward and go all out for another victory on the back of last week’s draw at Hull and the previous excellent display against Preston Grasshoppers.”
Huddersfield: Owen, van Vuuren, Clarke, Paxman, Wood; Johnson, Clayton; Slater, Davies, Stringwell, Harris, Hinchliff, Sharpe, Whitehead, Hyde. Subs: Battye, Entressengle, Rhodes, Hinchliffe, Sutcliffe.