16 Oct Friday’s Super League team news: Huddersfield vs Catalans, Salford vs Hull KR, Hull FC vs St Helens, Leeds vs Warrington
Team news and views at a crucial Round 29 before Friday’s four non-televised games of Super League.
Simon Woolford knows when they host Catalans Dragons on Friday evening Huddersfield Giants still face exactly the same situation.
Victory over the French side will ensure the Giants’ Super League status for 2020, as was the situation when they led into St Helens a week past.
The League Leaders’ Shield winners was too strong for Huddersfield which night, operating 48-6 winners, and also head coach Woolford is fully conscious of what’s at stake for his side.
“Nothing changes to us,” Woolford said. “We have to win if we do this we’re safe.
“We knew that it was going to be a challenging night (against St Helens) and also plenty of things would need to go our way.
“There was a motive there early on, but Saints scored some disappointing tries which were caused by us becoming our numbers incorrect.”
Matt Frawley, Aaron Murphy and oliver Roberts all return to Woolford squad after missing the match.
However, Michael Lawrence is ruled out with a shoulder injury, whereas Sam Hewitt and Tom Holmes would be the others that create way.
The Dragons head to the John Smith’s Stadium with won both of their previous meetings with Huddersfield this season, triumphing 27-10 at Perpignan in February once they visited Yorkshire in July, and then 32-28.
The side of steve McNamara will finish seventh whatever the consequence of this game and Friday’s other games, and are planning to finish the year on a high after falling with three defeats.
Head trainer McNamara includes Benjamin Garcia back from suspension, while Arthur Mourgue is place after being contained in Catalans’ squad.
Huddersfield Giants 19-man team: Darnell McIntosh, Jermaine McGillvary, Lee Gaskell, Matt Frawley, Paul Clough, Kruise Leeming, Suaia Matagi, Aaron Murphy, Alex Mellor, Adam O’Brien, Oliver Roberts, Ukuma Ta’ai, Jake Wardle, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Adam Walne, Louis Senior, Jon Luke Kirby, Oliver Wilson, Chester Butler
Catalans Dragons 19-man group: Brayden Wiliame, Lewis Tierney, Samisoni Langi, Micky McIlorum, Benjamin Garcia, Greg Bird, Julian Bousquet, Mickael Simon, Benjamin Julien, Alrix da Costa, Mickael Goudemand, Lambert Belmas, Lucas Albert, Antoni Maria, Jason Baitieri, Arthur Romano, Arthur Mourgue, Sam Kasiano, Sam Tomkins
Jimmy Keinhorst is to Salford Red Devils away out from Hull Kingston Rovers’ match after suffering a concussion.
Keinhorst sustained the injury in last Friday’s 20-16 defeat to London Broncos, which left them fighting it out with Wakefield and Huddersfield Trinity to prevent relegation.
Head coach Tony Smith has a group to pick from for the trip to Salford, although the game was a one for Rovers even without Keinhorst being forced off.
“The accidents were tumultuous but that’s one of the huge challenges of game, especially a physical game like ours,” Smith stated.
“It certainly put big pressure on a number of the big men because some of them needed to perform longer spans on the area, but we’ll fire up and do everything we can to put in a great performance.”
Dean Hadley is back from injury, although joel Tomkins is ruled out as well after an appeal from his suspension failed. George Lawler along with adam Quinlan come back to the 19-man squad as well.
This match marks the season Salford and Hull KR have fulfilled with this year, with one win each in Super League and the Robins when they fulfilled in May at the Challenge Cup, coming out at the top at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The Red Devils are battling to secure a finish before the play-offs, with booked their place with a 20-12 victory off to Leeds Rhinos week at the top five.
Head coach Ian Watson, who recalls Adam Lawton and Ryan Lannon to his squad, is planning to expand the winning run of Salford to eight games before the well.
“For us, it’s about taking it each week,” Watson said. “We don’t dread playing any team.
“We’ve got the mentality to have the ability to win enormous games. The most attractive thing was that the defence. If we want to be a top team we must demonstrate resilience.”
Salford Red Devils 19-man group: Niall Evalds, Kris Welham, Jake Bibby, Lee Mossop, Josh Wood, Josh Jones, George Griffin, Joey Lussick, Adam Walker, Greg Burke, Ben Nakubuwai, Logan Tomkins, Ken Sio, Adam Lawton, Krisnan Inu, Ryan Lannon, Tui Lolohea, Jackson Hastings, Josh Johnson
Hull KR 19-man team: Adam Quinlan, Craig Hall, Ben Crooks, Ryan Shaw, Danny McGuire, Robbie Mulhern, Mose Masoe, Weller Hauraki, Mitch Garbutt, Chris Atkin, Danny Addy, George Lawler, Kane Linnett, Josh Drinkwater, Will Dagger, Daniel Murray, Matt Parcell, Dean Hadley, Kyle Trout
Lee Radford is frustrated as they prepare to complete the regular season with a home match against St 30, Hull FC’s fate is out of their hands.
Last Thursday defeat to Castleford Tigers saw Whites and the Black overlook on devising a march on their rivals ahead of Round 29.
Because of this, success for Castleford off to Wigan Warriors Thursday would mean Hull cannot meet the requirements for the five they play against Saints, much to lead trainer the displeasure of Radford.
“We have had three shots at confirming our place at the play-offs today, but it’s become the identical outcome every time now,” Radford said.
“If you don’t learn from the mistakes in this sport, you are always going to be in the identical position.”
Radford has Andre Savelio straight back into his squad to the match together with Jordan Lane included, after foot injury.
Hull would have to become the third group to conquer St Helens this year if they’re still in having lost 62-16 and 40-12 in their two encounters together with the League Leaders’ Shield winners at 2019.
Saints head coach Justin Holbrook, who recalls Joseph Paulo to his squad is not currently underestimating their competitors though.
“They are playing to enter the play-offs, therefore it’s going to be a hard match for us,” Holbrook said. “We are aware of what they’re able to and we’re going to do a fantastic job of attempting to nullify that.”
Hull FC 19-man team: Jamie Shaul, Bureta Faraimo, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Josh Bowden, Mark Minichiello, Jake Connor, Masi Matongo, Brad Fash, Jordan Lane, Mickey Paea, Ratu Naulago, Gareth Ellis, Andre Savelio, Tevita Satae
St Helens 19-man group: Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Luke Thompson, Zeb Taia, Joseph Paulo, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Morgan Knowles, Kyle Amor, Dom Peyroux, Jack Ashworth, James Bentley, Lachlan Coote, Matty Costello.
Since Warrington Wolves bidding to procure a finish ahead of the play-offs steve Price is currently aiming to build a return.
Last Friday’s 23-16 win at home to relegation-threatened Wakefield Trinity ended a streak of six consecutive losses.
The Wolves are currently third in the table going into the last round of the season and head coach Cost believes the triumph of a week has renewed the confidence in his group.
“We got a great deal of belief and confidence after the Challenge Cup triumph, but it had been about getting back to winning ways in Super League,” Price explained.
“We played some very good attacking football especially in that first 40 minutes and we created a lot of ruck pace.
“The boys are in very good spirits at the moment and we came from this game with no injuries that is the principal thing.”
Together with Jack Hughes and Ben Westwood replacing Harvey Livett and Lama Tasi Cost has made only two changes with his 19-man squad.
Leeds, who have been beaten 26-6 in the opening match of the season away to Warrington, are put to hand a debut.
At the opposite end of this scale, Jamie Jones-Buchanan is place to make what will be his final appearance for his hometown team and will captain the side.
Regular Leeds skipper Trent Merrin is lost due to a rib injury whereas Ava Seumanufagai and Brett Ferres have had surgery to clean standing accidents suffered to Salford.
Nathaniel Peteru, Brad Singleton and adam Cuthbertson return to head coach Richard Agar squad in their absence.
Leeds Rhinos 19-man squad: Jack Walker, Konrad Hurrell, Ash Handley, Richie Myler, Adam Cuthbertson, Brad Singleton, Stevie Ward, Brad Dwyer, Liam Sutcliffe, Nathaniel Peteru, Mikolaj Oledzki, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Cameron Smith, Luke Briscoe, James Donaldson, Harry Newman, Corey Johnson, Shaun Lunt, Robert Lui, Rhyse Martin
Warrington Wolves 19-man team: Sitaleki Akauola, Blake Austin, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Bryson Goodwin, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Toby King, Tom Lineham, Jake Mamo, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Declan Patton, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Matty Smith, Ben Westwood