The likes of Leeds Rhinos, Huddersfield Giants, Warrington Wolves, Hull FC, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils are gunning for the last two play-off spots.
But Huddersfield’s chances were hurt by the defeat to St Helens and their chances of reaching Old Trafford were further damaged by an injury to a key man.
Ash Golding has proven to be a great signing for the club since leaving Leeds Rhinos at the end of the 2019 season and has developed into the perfect utility for the club playing fullback, wing and hooker for the Giants.
But shortly after battling back from a long term injury, Golding has again suffered a major injury as confirmed by Ian Watson:
“Obviously we’re gonna have to make a couple, Ash Goulding’s injured. Luke Yates is going to come back in as well.
“So, Ash Goulding, obviously, unfortunately, he goes out because of his hamstring. And we thought we’d got him off at the right time.
“But he’s proven not to be so he’s seen specialists and at the moment, it’s not great news for Ash, which is unfortunate for us but on the positive side of it, Luke Yates will come back in this week as well.”
He went further in detail about the injury:
“It’s huge for us as a team and as a club, but it’s huge for Ash individually as well, because he’s just come back and just got himself his place in the team again, through great performances and if you look at weekend, the scramble defensive effort that he did to stop Tee Ritson scoring in the corner and then the one that he did on the one-on-one on Matt, on Davis, Ben Davis, some outstanding defensive efforts there.
“So it’s his energy he just brings to you, so yeah, it’s hugely disappointing for us but it’s hugely disappointing for Ash, but he’ll come through it, Ash. Ash will come through it and he’ll be good to go when the time is right for Ash to come back in for us as well. all we know at the moment is it’s been classed as a Grade 2C, but we’re waiting for that to be kind of confirmed.
“I think it’s the same side. I’d have to double check that one for you mate, we just wanted to know what the diagnosis was to be fair, but like I said, it’s being classed as a 2C at the moment which is pretty damning.”