Huddersfield face St Helens and Warrington take on Catalans Dragons in the Challenge Cup on Friday.
Huddersfield Giants boss Ian Watson says Chris McQueen’s experience of playing at the highest level will be needed when the Australian tries to help his side overcome St Helens on Friday night in the Challenge Cup (St Helens 1/6, Draw 25/1, Huddersfield 4/1 – Challenge Cup Match Betting).
Watson’s side will need to produce their best performance of the season if they are to beat the reigning Betfred Super League champions.
The Giants won their first game of the campaign last weekend, beating Leeds Rhinos 14-13 on home soil.
Saints are yet to lose this season, and they got the better of Huddersfield last month. Huddersfield look to have found their rhythm after a tough few weeks, and McQueen’s performance will be crucial to their chance.
The former Wests Tigers ace scored in the defeat to Saints, and Watson says it is players of his calibre that will come to the fore against Kristian Woolf’s troops.
He told the Yorkshire Post: “He’s killing it. I just like everything about him: he’s a great professional, great bloke and just gets on with it and gets through it as well.
“He’s been in those big games and big arenas. His experience is invaluable for us. I like those kind of players – the Chris McQueen, Luke Yates, Matty English types. They are my kind of players: they do all the tough stuff that some of the supporters or people watching on TV don’t really see.
“He’ll do whatever needs to be done for the team. That’s the biggest compliment I can make: he is a perfect team player.”
Woolf recalled Morgan Knowles and Joel Thompson to his squad in place of injured duo Jake Wingfield and James Bentley. Watson brings Owen Trout into his squad, with Oliver Russell making way.
Catalans Dragons and Warrington Wolves will renew their rivalry on Friday night, with the two sides set to meet at Emerald Headingley in an 18:00 KO (Catalans 7/4, Draw 22/1, Warrington 1/2 – Challenge Cup Match Betting).
Dragons coach Steve McNamara cannot select Jordan Dezaria and Paul Seguier due to injury and suspension, with Benjamin Jullien and Mathieu Cozza filling the void.
Warrington full-back Matty Ashton is out with a leg injury, allowing boss Steve Price to recall Tom Lineham from suspension.