Huddersfield seek revival after finally going home

 

Huddersfield hope that a return home today will revive their season.

It is 11 weeks since the Giants last played at the Galpharm Stadium and they have been in temporary residence at The Shay to allow work to take place on their pitch.

In that time Huddersfield have lost momentum in Super League and were last week knocked out of the Challenge Cup by Castleford. Coach Nathan Brown believes they must get back to basics. "We want to get back to doing what we do really well," he said. "I'm sure we can rebuild our game."

They will have to do that without the help of Joe Wardle and Keith Mason, who were added to the growing injury list this week and are expected to miss six games. That could mean a Super League debut for the 20-year-old loose forward Jacob Fairbank, the latest member of a famous rugby league family, who has been on loan at Halifax and played for them in the Northern Rail Cup final two weeks ago.

Andy Raleigh and Graeme Horne are also added to the squad against Hull KR, while David Hodgson will play against the club he has agreed to join next season, having signed a three-year deal with Rovers.

The Robins have their own rebuilding to do after being unceremoniously dumped out of the Cup with a 54-6 thrashing by St Helens. All that remains for them this season is to try to reach the play-offs and they are currently one place off the pace in ninth.

In today's other game, Harlequins go to Perpignan to try to break their 12-match losing streak. It is their first game since the announcement that two of their mainstays are leaving at the end of the season – Luke Gale to Bradford and their captain Rob Purdham back to his native Cumbria.

The Catalans, hoping to improve on their current fifth place between now and the end of the season, have their key man Scott Dureau fit and start as hot favourites.

Tomorrow's fixtures pit Crusaders, playing out time in Super League after withdrawing their application for a licence, against Wakefield, the club saved by that decision. Two Challenge Cup semi-finalists meet at Castleford, where St Helens are the visitors, and Warrington are at home to Bradford.

In the Championship, Barrow have lost six competition points and could lose another six, a punishment for salary cap breaches last season. The other deduction is suspended until the end of next season.

Life and Style
love + sex A new study has revealed the average size - but does that leave men outside the 'normal' range being thought of as 'abnormal'?
Voices
The Palace of Westminster is falling down, according to John Bercow
voices..says Matthew Norman
Sport
Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet clash
football
Arts and Entertainment
Jake and Dinos Chapman were motivated by revenge to make 'Bring me the Head of Franco Toselli! '
arts + ents Shapero Modern Gallery to show explicit Chapman Brothers film
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Kurt Cobain performing for 'MTV Unplugged' in New York, shortly before his death
music Brett Morgen's 'Cobain: Montage of Heck' debunks many of the myths surrounding the enigmatic singer
Sport
Brendan Rodgers
football The Liverpool manager will be the first option after Pep Guardiola
Life and Style
life
Sport
Christian Benteke of Aston Villa celebrates scoring the winner for Aston Villa
football
Arts and Entertainment
Myanna Buring, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Russell Tovey in 'Banished'
TV Jimmy McGovern tackles 18th-century crime and punishment
Arts and Entertainment
Paul Whitehouse as Herbert
arts + ents
News
Bill O'Reilly attends The Hollywood Reporter 35 Most Powerful People In Media Celebration at The Four Seasons Restaurant on April 16, 2014 in New York City
media It is the second time he and the channel have clarified statements
News
people
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn