Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Super League Round Two Preview

The excitement of the opening round of games seems like only a few days ago but yet the next round has come around quickly though this time Wigan and Widnes will be absent as their game has been postponed due to the Warriors' participation in the upcoming World Club Challenge.

Thursday night sees a Yorkshire derby of sorts as Bradford travel to Wakefield with both looking to bounce back from opening losses and an interesting pre-match spice sees Jarrod Sammut face his former club only a week after leaving Odsal with Mullally looking to debut for the Bulls after joining on loan from Huddersfield.

Wakefield Wildcats: Mathers, Fox, Collis, Lyne, Sykes, Godinet, Anderson, McShane, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Kirmond, Washbrook, Wildie, Ryan, Tautai, Sammut, Walshaw, Smith, Briscoe.
Bradford Bulls: Donaldson, Henry, Walker, Purtell, Gale, Kear, Gaskell, Sidlow, Bridge, Scruton, George, Mullally, Wood, Manuokafoa, Addy, Foster, Diskin, Kearney, O'Brien.

Friday night sees another clash of the top sides as Warrington's tough start to the season continues with a trip to face Leeds who will look to make it two wins from two while the Wolves will hope to avoid what would be a third consecutive defeat to one of their main rivals having lost to Wigan in the Grand Final and St Helens last week. The Rhinos have defeated the Wolves in their last two meetings so the visitors will look for revenge as well as their first win of the season.

Leeds Rhinos -  Zak Hardaker, Ben Jones-Bishop, Kallum Watkins, Joel Moon, Ryan Hall, Danny McGuire, Rob Burrow, Kylie Leuluai, Paul Aiton, Jamie Peacock, Carl Ablett, Kevin Sinfield (c),
Stevie Ward, Brett Delaney, Ryan Bailey, Chris Clarkson, Mitch Achurch, Tom Briscoe,
Brad Singleton.

Warrington Wolves -  Roy Asotasi, Ryan Atkins, Chris Bridge, Ben Currie, Brad Dwyer, Anthony England, Ben Evans, Simon Grix, Micky Higham,Chris Hill, James Laithwaite, Joel Monaghan, Michael Monaghan, Richie Myler, Gareth O’Brien, Gene Ormsby, Stefan Ratchford, Trent Waterhouse, Ben Westwood.

The other Friday game will see St Helens host Hull in contesting the Steve Prescott Memorial Cup in honour of the legendary man that he was and the heroics he preformed for both sides in a memorable career in what I am sure will be a memorable and emotional night which will also see the Saints Way bridge that is adjacent to Langtree Park renamed in honour of the former Saints and Hull great.

St Helens - Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Jordan Turner, Josh Jones, Adam Swift, Lance Hohaia, Luke Walsh, James Roby,  Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook,  Sia Soliola, Jon Wilkin, Willie Manu,  Anthony Laffranchi,  Kyle Amor, Paul Wellens, Alex Walmsley, Mark Percival, Gary Wheeler, Greg Richards.

Hull FC- Ben Crooks, Kirk Yeaman, Tom Lineham, Richard Horne, Jacob Miller, Mickey Paea, Danny Houghton, Gareth Ellis, Joe Westerman, Richard Whiting, Joe Arundel, Jordan Thompson,  Jamie Shaul, Josh Bowden, Iafeta Palea'aesina, Jordan Rankin, Aaron Heremaia, Fetuli Talanoa, Garreth Carvell.

Saturday afternoon, sees what could be a massive mismatch as the London Broncos host the new-look Salford Red Devils, London will hope to improve on a woeful 64-10 loss at Widnes but a win would be a miracle surely against a Salford side that boasts a number of SL stars with years of experience who beat Wakefield last week narrowly but against a ill-experienced Broncos side could possibly repeat last week's demolition.

Sunday sees Huddersfield return after a two week gap since their opening win against Wigan by hosting Hull KR, the Rovers will look to improve on their performance against Leeds which saw them go from 6-6 at half time to lose 6-34. Huddersfield will be favourites with having a longer rest but that could also be a curse with their lack of a game last week making them a tad rusty in terms of playtime but they will be wary of the Rovers who defeated them 35-28 in the last meeting.

Castleford will look to make it two wins out of two when they host Catalans who will hope to improve on their away loss last week at Hull where they lost despite leading at the break. Castleford will take solace from the fact they came back against Bradford and secured a clear win to give them a brilliant start but Catalans will surely pose a sterner test.