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Huddersfield Giants: Challenge Cup hammering compounded by injury to star player

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Huddersfield Giants were dumped from the Challenge Cup by Warrington Wolves with Sam Burgess’ side dominating from start to finish in the summer sun to book their trip to Wembley.

Ian Watson’s side were hoping to return to the big game for the first time since 2022 and were seeking a first win since 1953, however, the prize of Wembley was also new to them after having played at Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium in 2022.

Sadly for them, they couldn’t book a repeat of that 2022 final meaning that their Wembley wait continues. Huddersfield Giants capitulated last week in the second half against Wigan Warriors but this week, they never got going as they lost 46-10 to Warrington.

Three tries in the first twenty minutes for Wire set the tone and from there the Giants never looked likely to get back into it. Tries from Adam Swift and Kevin Naiqama meant that they avoided a whitewash but in even worse news, it appears Adam Swift is once again injured.

Huddersfield Giants hammering worsened by Adam Swift’s injury

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Swift had missed out on the loss to Wigan Warriors last week with Ian Watson outlining that the winger would be ready for today’s Challenge Cup semi-final. Swift was certainly ready and he showed that in the first half as he danced over to score, however, he wouldn’t reappear for the second-half.

The BBC reported his absence after the teams came out after the break before cutting to images of the winger looking in some distress and Ian Watson has now confirmed that Huddersfield Giants could again be without their star signing for some time.

Speaking post-match to the BBC, Watson said: “It’s his groin. We thought he was fine, the medical team gave him the all-clear and he felt pretty good himself so the fact he’s not got through the game is a bit of a worry for us.”

He gave a somewhat more detailed answer in his post-match press conference, however, he was unable to provide a timeline for Swift’s return with the seriousness of the winger’s injury unclear as yet.

Speaking to the media, Watson explained that the former Hull FC man was raring to go before the game: “All the indications from the medical team meant we gave him all the clearance thought that he’d be fine. He felt pretty good himself.

“The fact that he’s not managed to get through the full game is obviously a bit of a worry for us. We don’t know what extent it is at the moment.”

Another blow for Huddersfield Giants is the possibility of a suspension for Jake Connor who was shown a yellow card for striking out towards the face after a scuffle at the play the ball. Head coach Ian Watson has already revealed he’ll be having words with his starting full-back.

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