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28th April 2021, 21:37 | super_league

Greg Inglis set for Super League debut

Greg Inglis set for Super League debut

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Thursday 29 April
Wigan Warriors v Hull FC (19:45)
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Adrian Lam makes just one change to the squad that beat Castleford Tigers in round four - Thomas Leuluai has picked up a sternum injury and is replaced by Sam Halsall.

Long-term absentee Dom Manfredi is close to a return to action for the Warriors, but Adrian Lam insists they will not rush him back to action.

Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson has been forced to make two changes to his 21-man squad ahead of Thursday's tie. Bureta Faraimo and Josh Bowden both make way through suspension and injury respectively following the Black and Whites' 20-14 win against Wakefield Trinity last week.

The pair are replaced by Jack Brown - who returns having served a one-match suspension - and academy player Harvey Barron - the youngster making his first career appearance in the Hull FC 21-man squad.

Wigan have won eight of the last ten meetings between the two sides, with Hull's latest victory coming in the form of a memorable golden-point extra-time win away from home in 2019.

Friday 30 April
Leigh Centurions v St Helens (18:00)
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Junior Sa'u could make his first Betfred Super League appearance in 2021 for the Centurions on Friday after being included in John Duffy's 21-man squad.

Nathaniel Peteru also returns the Leigh squad for Friday's clash - but the Centurions will be without half-back Joe Mellor who remains side lined with a hamstring injury.

St Helens welcome back Tommy Makinson to their 21-man squad - the England international missed Saints' round four win against Huddersfield with a foot injury. Joel Thompson makes way for Makinson owing to injury.

Youngster Ben Davies replaces Tom Nisbet in the only other change to Kristian Woolf's 21-man squad ahead of their trip to the Leigh Sports Village on Friday.

Leigh have claimed three wins over Saints over the last ten meetings between the two sides - the Centurions were 24-16 winners the last time Saints visited Leigh back in 2017.

Wakefield Trinity v Catalans Dragons (18:00)
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Loan signings Olly Ashall-Bott and Josh Eaves could make their Trinity debuts on Friday after being included in Chris Chester's 21-man squad following their arrivals at the club this week.

Ashall-Bolt will provide much needed cover in the backs after Ryan Hampshire suffered a suspected broken jaw during their defeat to Hull FC last week. Bill Tupou also returns to the Trinity squad for the first time since their Challenge Cup loss to the Dragons three weeks ago.

Steve McNamara makes two changes to his 21-man squad following the Dragons first defeat of the season at home to the Wolves last week.

Joel Tomkins returns from suspension and replaces the injured Matt Whitley. Joe Chan comes in to replace Benjamin Jullien in the only other change for the Dragons, as they look to bounce back against Trinity on Friday.

Catalans have won seven of the last ten meetings between the two clubs, including their last six fixtures in a row.

  • Salford Red Devils v Castleford Tigers (19:45)
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Daryl Powell makes three changes to his 21-man squad after falling short against the Warriors in round 4. Jesse Sene-Lefao returns from suspension, Lewis Peachey is back in the squad following a two week loan at Championship side York, and Gareth O'Brien is back in contention after recovering from an injury picked up in round 3 against Leigh.

Jordan Turner and Daniel Smith make way from the squad this week along with Tyla Hepi - the forward picked up a two-match suspension after the Tigers defeat against Wigan last Thursday.

Niall Evalds is in line to take on his former side for the first time after being named in the Tigers' 21-man squad ahead of Friday's clash with Salford.

Richard Marshall welcomes back a trio of first team players for round five against the Tigers - Kallum Watkins, Andy Ackers and Danny Addy are back in the Red Devils 21-man squad.

However, Salford will still be without Elijah Taylor for Friday's fixture - the loose-forward continues to struggle with a shoulder problem.

Castleford won 37-30 against Salford in the only encounter between the two clubs in 2020, leaving them with six wins to Salford's four over their last ten meetings.

Saturday 1 May
Warrington Wolves v Hull Kingston Rovers (13:00)
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Greg Inglis is in line for his much-anticipated debut for Warrington in round 5 after Steve Price confirmed he would be included in their 17-man squad against Hull KR.

Inglis has not played a competitive match since retiring over two years ago and the Wolves have remained cautious since his arrival to ensure he is fully match fit before introducing the star centre to Super League.

Albert Vete will be unavailable for Tony Smith's side ahead of their trip to the Halliwell Jones - he has a slight hamstring issue but Smith is confident that Vete will be fit for round six.

Rovers could welcome back Korbin Sims against Warrington - Sims missed their round 4 victory against the Rhinos last week due to concussion but has passed the relevant head tests ahead of Saturday's clash.

Warrington have won eight of the last ten meetings between the clubs. One draw has featured and one Rovers win in recent times. The Robins' last win at the Halliwell Jones Stadium came seven years ago - in April 2014.

Sunday 2 May
Huddersfield Giants v Leeds Rhinos (15:00)
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Ian Watson was missing three first choice centres during last weeks defeat against St Helens - Jake Wardle and Leroy Cudjoe were late withdrawals from the 17 and joined injured centre Ricky Leutele on the side lines.

Watson admitted last week that Cudjoe was close to match fitness, so could return against the Rhinos. Leutele is also edging closer to a return and could be intention for the Giants in round 5.

There are fresh injury concerns for Richard Agar who will be without Alex Sutcliffe (knee) and Cameron Smith (hamstring) - both are set for spells on the sideline following injuries in recent weeks.

Richie Myler will also be absent from the Rhinos side on Sunday after he was handed a two-match suspension following their defeat to Hull KR last Friday. He joins prop Zane Tetevano who is also suspended.

The Rhinos won by just one point in both meetings between the clubs last year, improving the Rhinos' record to six wins from the last ten against the Giants. Huddersfield have claimed three wins and there has been one draw.