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St Helens opt for Huddersfield Giants in Club Call

Super League elimination play-off highlights:
Date: Sunday 19 September Coverage: BBC Two from 1700-1745 BST, and on the BBC Sport website (UK only)

Leroy Cudjoe (centre) scored the late decisive try as Huddersfield defeated Warrington
Leroy Cudjoe scored the winning try as Huddersfield stunned Warrington

St Helens coach Mick Potter has chosen Huddersfield Giants as his team's opponents for Friday's Super League Grand Final eliminator.

Potter had the choice of Huddersfield, who defeated Warrington on Saturday, or Wigan, who saw off Hull KR on Friday.

"It's the logical choice," said Potter, who made Sunday's Club Call decision after consulting with his players.

It means that Leeds Rhinos will play Wigan, who ended the regular season in first place, at Headingley on Saturday.

The winners of each contest will progress to the Grand Final, which will be played at Old Trafford on 2 October.

It was a tough choice but the deciding factor was the position on the table

Saints boss Mick Potter

"You pick the lowest-ranked team and, whichever team won at the weekend, it would probably have gone down to that," added Potter.

"It was a tough choice but the deciding factor was the position on the table. Wigan finished top of the tree and Huddersfield have lost quite a few more games than Wigan.

"I went to the games at the weekend and both Huddersfield and Wigan played very well. I am sure it will fire Huddersfield up but we'll deal with that as it comes."

Potter's St Helens finished second in the table at the end of the regular season and defeated Warrington 28-12 in their opening play-off match to progress to their eliminator.

The result left the Wolves with a match against the Giants on Saturday - a contest that Tony Smith's Challenge Cup winners were widely expected to win.

But Nathan Brown's Giants put on a superb display in wet conditions at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, racing into a 23-0 lead before holding off a second-half fightback.


Huddersfield have not won at Knowsley Road since 1978 but have triumphed in their last seven fixtures.

"Everywhere is tough to win in finals football, you've just got to play well," said Giants coach Brown.

"We went to Warrington and won and last year we beat St Helens at Warrington so there is no reason why we can't come here with plenty of confidence and get a result."

The fixture will be the last in the 120-year history of Knowsley Road, with Saints ground-sharing at Widnes next season until their new stadium is completed.

Leeds defeated Wigan 27-26 at the JJB Stadium in their opening play-off game - and will have to beat the Warriors once again on Saturday if they are to progress to a fourth straight Grand Final.

"There's no surprise there," said Rhinos coach Brian McClennan of Potter's decision. "They looked the rankings, which was very similar to how we did it last year with Catalans.

"The whole finals series so far has been outstanding. Any one of the four are in with a good chance. It's going to be two cracking matches."

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see also
Warrington 22-34 Huddersfield
18 Sep 10 |  Rugby League
Wigan 42-18 Hull KR
17 Sep 10 |  Rugby League
Wigan 26-27 Leeds
12 Sep 10 |  Super League
St Helens 28-12 Warrington
10 Sep 10 |  Super League

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