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St Helens Magic clash is latest big duel.

Giants and Saints need a little more Magic! WHEN it comes to Super League's Magic Weekend the Giants and Saints have similar track records.

The Giants are slightly in the ascendancy, having notched five wins in the nine events, losing three and drawing one game - which was, of course, that dramatic last-gasp 22-22 draw with Catalans Dragons in Newcastle 12 month ago.

Saints can only claim four wins and they have lost four times and also had one draw - a 16-16 tie in the derby clash with Wigan Warriors at Cardiff in 2011. Recent history is against the Giants IN the last 10 Super League meetings the Giants are 6-4 down in their meetings with Saints.

The tally runs: St Helens 30, Huddersfield 16 (SLR1, 5/2/16); St Helens 22, Huddersfield 28 (SLS8-R3, 20/8/15); St Helens 35, Huddersfield 34 (SLR21, 10/7/15); Huddersfield 8, St Helens 11 (SLR10, 12/4/15); Huddersfield 17, St Helens 16 (SLR27, 12/9/14); St Helens 41, Huddersfield 22 (SLR14, 23/5/14); Huddersfield 16, St Helens 17 (CCR4, 6/4/14); Huddersfield 25, St Helens 16 (SLR17, 3/6/13); St Helens 4, Huddersfield 40 (SLR1, 2/2/13); St Helens 46, Huddersfield 12 (SLR22, 29/7/12).

In fact, Super League history is against the Giants.

The Super League summary of clashes between the two sides sees Huddersfield with nine victories, while St Helens have won 32 - including wins in 2009 and 2010 play-offs.

Huddersfield's highest score in those meetings was a 40-18 (H, 2011) and 40-4 (A, 2013) which was their the widest margin of victory.

St Helens' highest score was 68-18 (H, 1998) which was also their widest winning margin.

St Helens will have their eye on one of the Giants three-quarters, with Aaron Murphy (above) having scored a try in each of the Giants' last three meetings with Saints.

2016 form favours Saints ALTHOUGH St Helens have endured an up-anddown season, they still sit fourth in the Super League XXI table heading up to the north east.

Coach Keiron Cunningham's side have won nine of their 14 2016 top-flight fixtures, while the Giants are second bottom with three wins.

In their last meeting, the opening game of the 2016 season at Langtree Park, Saints secured a 30-16 success against a Giants side that was already struggling on the injury front.

The latest Super League success for Cunningham's men was last Friday's 34-20 home triumph over Salford Red Devils, with Huddersfield losing 16-14 at Catalans Dragons 24 hours later.

But with the Giants giving an excellent account of themselves in the South of France and being very unlucky not to claim the points, a close encounter is being predicted on Sunday, especially with both sides having players returning.

Full-back Jonny Lomax is now back in the Saints fold after his long-term injury woes, while prop Eorl Crabtree is expected to be back after becoming a father last weekend and back-row forward Sebastine Ikahihifo poised to make his debut.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 20, 2016
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