Saturday, 19 April 2014

Super League Round Ten Preview

This time yesterday, round nine was in full swing on Good Friday yet barely a day later thoughts turn to round ten as the packed Easter weekend enters its second phase. This round traditionally sees some big surprises with Wigan's 84-6 win at Hull KR last year a perfect example as sides look to rest players from the previous round for the full Easter Monday programme.

Huddersfield will look to make it two wins in a row when they host Wakefield who themselves will hope to end a four-game losing streak with a first win since round five against London.

Wakefield were doubled by Huddersfield in 2013, have failed to win a single meeting up in Yorkshire in four attempts and will hope to secure a first Easter Monday win in three years while Huddersfield will look to win for a fourth successive time on Easter Monday and move up the table.

Wakefield bring in Walshaw, Crowther, Molloy and Briscoe in place of the injured Collis, Lyne, Kirmond and the in-form Godinet while Huddersfield who are missing the suspended Ferres name a very strong squad.

Huddersfield - Grix, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, Murphy, Brough, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Chan, Bailey, Lawrence, Patrick, Ta'ai, Wood, Kaufusi, Mullally, Johnson, Connor.

Wakefield - Mathers, Fox, Sykes, Anderson, McShane, Raleigh, Washbrook, Ryan, Moore, Sammutt, Annakin, Walshaw, Smith, Crowther, Molloy, Briscoe, Siejka, Scruton, Riley.

I feel in this game, Huddersfield will come out on top but hopefully not with an easy win so Huddersfield 36 Wakefield 22.

Hull will look to bounce back from Thursday's last-gasp defeat to their city rivals when they host a struggling London side who still are with out a win in 2014 but came so close in a narrow defeat to Catalan.

London despite losing all nine league games have played well in their last two and will use that as confidence as they look to avoid a tenth successive loss with Caton-Brown in good form after a brace on Thursday.  Hull will look to regain seventh place with a repeat of last Easter when they beat Wakefield after suffering defeat in Hull derby.

Hull are without Bowden, Tuson and Hadley with Pitts, Crooks and Heremaia all returning while London look to give a debut to Burnett in place of Duckworth while Bishay replaces Cunningham who is unable to face his parent club.

Hull - Carvell, Crooks, Colbon, Ellis, Heremaia, Horne, Houghton, Miller, Paea, Paleaaesina, Pitts, Rankin, Shaul, Talanoa, Thompson, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman

London -  Bishay, Burnett, Caton-Brown, Cook, Drinkwater, Farrar, Foster, Greenwood, Krasniqi, Macani, Mataitonga, McMeeken, Minns, Moore, Slyney, Wallace, Woodburn-Hall.

Despite their recent displays, I cannot see London winning in this tie so Hull 36 London 18.

Leeds have the chance to top of the league when they host Salford with the Red Devils loking to bounce back from the yesterday's defeat to Huddersfield.

Iestyn Harris has been given positive backing from Salford owner Marwan Koukash as his side look to end the Rhinos run of four wins in five games that includes demolitions of Wakefield and Bradford with Salford hoping to finally beat one of the so-called 'Big Four' after losses to St Helens and Warrington.

The Rhinos welcome back Peacock and Jones-Bishop in place of the injured Ward and Minichella while Salford will be with out Johnson and McPherson who suffered injuries in the defeat to Huddersfield.

Leeds - Hardaker, Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Peacock, Ablett, Sinfield, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Briscoe, Sutcliffe, Singleton.

Salford -  Ashurst, Chase, Fages, Griffin, Hock, Howarth, Lee, Meli, Morley, Mullaney, Platt, Rapira, Sa'u, Smith, Tasi, Tomkins, A. Walne, J. Walne, Williams.

This one could be close if Salford improve on Thursday's performance so - Leeds 32 Salford 26.

After losing their immaculate league record at the hands of fierce rivals Wigan, St Helens make the short trip to Widnes, a place they called home back in 2011 while Langtree Park was in construction.

Widnes alike Saints suffered a defeat to their neighbours as they lost 44-6 to Warrington and will be eager Helens will be wary of a backlash from Widnes who won the last meeting between the sides.
to get back to winning ways by beating their former tenants and handing them a second loss in three days while St

Saints are much changed from their derby loss as Walsh, Lomax, Roby, Soliola, Wellens, Walmsley and Richards all miss out with Fozard and Galbraith promoted from the Academy and Thompson, Hand, Charnock and Savelio also coming in to the 19. Widnes include Gore. Lawton, Allen and Leuluai while Clarke is rested ahead of next weeks Cup tie at Salford.

Widnes - 1. Rhys Hanbury, 2. Jack Owens, 3. Cameron Phelps, 6. Kevin Brown, 10. Ben Kavanagh, 11. Dave Allen, 12. Danny Tickle, 13. Hep Cahill, 14. Chris Dean, 15. Lloyd White, 16. Willie Isa, 17. Danny Galea, 18. Paul Johnson, 19. Adam Lawton, 20. Paddy Flynn, 21. Danny Craven, 24. Macgraff Leuluai, 25. Alex Gerrard, 28. Grant Gore.

St Helens -2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 6. Lance Hohaia, 8. Mose Masoe, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 15. Mark Flanagan, 23. Joe Greenwood, 24. Gary Wheeler, 25. Anthony Walker, 26. Matty Dawson, 28. Luke Thompson, 29. Jordan Hand, 30. Carl Forster, 32. Lewis Charnock, 33. Andre Savelio, 36. Matty Fozard, 37. Lewis Galbraith.

The number of stars left out for Saints makes me think Widnes could come out on top in this tie so Widnes 25 St Helens 22.

Wigan will hope to replicate the spirit of their win at St Helens when they host a struggling Bradford side who will hope not to suffer the 84-6 humiliation that Hull KR did at the hands of Wigan last Easter Monday.

Travelling to an in-form Wigan side is the last thing Bradford need after a run of six defeats but they could draw on their famous win at the DW from 2012 when they ended Wigan's ten game winning streak with a 22-30 win.  Wigan will look to make it six league wins in a row that could see them rise to third in the table which would be amazing after their bad start.

Wigan go into the game with three big injuries from yesterday's derby win with Thornley, Pettybourne and Flower all ruled out while Bowen and Green are rested giving chances for Hampshire, Powell, Sutton,Dudson and Connor Farrell to shine. Bradford have made sweeping changes as Brook and Bates are likely to make debuts while Sidlow, Donaldson and Blythe join the injury list featuring Foster, Diskin and George.

Wigan- 25 John Bateman, 32 Joe Burgess, 24 Tony Clubb, 16 Gil Dudson, 36 Connor Farrell, 12 Liam Farrell, 5 Anthony Gelling, 3 Darrell Goulding, 26 Ryan Hampshire, 14 Jack Hughes, 28 Jordan James, 9 Michael McIlorum, 13 Sean O'Loughlin, 19 Sam Powell, 23 Dan Sarginson, 7 Matty Smith, 37 Ryan Sutton, 8 Scott Taylor, 27 George Williams.

Bradford - Danny Addy, Sam Bates, Danny Bridge, Adam Brook, Nathan Conroy, Jamal Fakir, Luke Gale, Lee Gaskell, Adam Henry, Elliot Kear, Brett Kearney, Manase Manuokafoa, Alex Mellor, Adam O'Brien, Tom Olbison, Adrian Purtell, Oliver Roberts, Chev Walker, Sam Wood.

It is hard to predict anything but a comfortable win for WIgan despite the injuries as Bradford at seriouly lacking in confidence so Wigan 48 Bradford 12.

After strong wins in round nine, Castleford and Warrington face off in a battle of third against fifth with the hosts looking for a unique double over last seasons Grand finalists having beaten Wigan in the early rounds.

Warrington will be wary of Castleford's strength at home as in addition to beating Wigan they came minutes away from doing the same against league leaders St Helens last week before losing 24-28 while Castleford will hope to avoid joining Warrington's list of away wins this season with the Wolves winning three from four.

Castleford bring in Tansey, Webster, Gibson and Fleming in place of Holmes, Carney, Boyle and Finn while  Warrington include Penny in place of the injured Myler.

Castleford - Tansey, Shenton, Webster, Sneyd, Lynch, Milner, Huby, Millington, Hauraki, Massey, Clark, Mariano, Wheeldon, Ellis, Gibson, Owen, Channing, Clare, Fleming.

Warrington  -  Asotasi, Atkins, Bridge, Currie, England, B. Evans, R. Evans, Harrison, Higham, Hill, Laithwaite, J. Monaghan, M.Monaghan, O'Brien, Penny, Ratchford, Riley, Russell, Waterhouse.

This could be a tight game and as such I will go for a one point win for Castleford so Castleford 25 Warrington 24. 

The final game of the day sees the in-form Hull KR made the long trip to face Catalan with the Dragons looking for a third consecutive win and third at home in 2014.

After a bad start, Hull KR have turned around massively and depending on other results could have the chance to go fifth with a win while Catalan have bounced back from mixed results to move away from the bottom and close up on the top eight.

Catalan are still without Dureau, Webb and Henderson with Anderson, Millard, Pryce and Mounis recovering from injury and as such are included in the 19 while Rovers will  look to celebrate an Easter Monday win after the nightmare of 2013 when they were demolished 84-6 by Wigan.

Catalan - Escare, Pryce, Pomeroy, Oldfield, Bosc, Elima, Lima, Taia, Anderson, Mounis, Maria, Pelissier, Whitehead, Millard, Pala, Paea, Baitieri, Duport, Garcia.

Hull KR - Burns, Carlile, Caro, Costigan, Cox, Eden, Gardner, Green. Hall. J Hodgson, Horne, Keating, Larroyer, Lovegrove, Netherton, Poore, Salter, Welham, Weyham.

Catalans home form could be a big factor but Rovers have been on fire recently so this is hard to call but I will say Catalan 22 Hull KR 28.