29th October 2020, 10:04 | super_league
The Betfred Super League continues over the next two days with four fixtures headlined by two huge derby fixtures on Thursday and Friday evening.
Hull Kingston Rovers and Hull FC meet on Thursday at 7:45pm with the Black and Whites still hopeful of securing a play-off place in this year’s Betfred Super League. Hull FC head into the fixture having won three of their last four in the league while KR suffered back-to-back defeats last week.
Andy Last is without Jamie Shaul and Albert Kelly but does see his forward pack bolstered by the returns of Scott Taylor, Josh Jones and Jordan Lane. Hooker Danny Houghton is set to break the record for the most Hull-derby appearances moving up to 33, should he feature.
The Robins also welcome back a number of players including Kane Linnett, Weller Hauraki, Matthew Storton and Matt Parcell.
Another derby is set for Friday evening as St Helens face Wigan Warriors with an opportunity to climb to the top of the Betfred Super League table on the line for Adrian Lam’s side.
Wigan’s only league defeat since early September came in a 0-42 loss against St Helens, however the Warriors will field a stronger side with no Cup commitments on the horizon this time around.
St Helens suffered their first defeat since the resumption of the 2020 season earlier this week as they fell 12-10 against fellow 2019 Grand Finalist Salford Red Devils.
Kristian Woolf has recalled a number of senior players to the side for Friday’s clash however with Lachlan Coote, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, James Roby, Zeb Taia, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Matty Lees all returning. Liam Byrne and Chris Hankinson come into the Warriors squad.
The action kicks off at 5:30pm on Thursday with an all-Yorkshire affair between Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity.
Leeds currently sit 5th in the Betfred Super League and are looking to move into the top four as the play-offs close in. The Rhinos returned to winning ways on Monday evening with a 28-24 victory over Castleford while Wakefield come into the game on the back of consecutive victories for the first time in 2020.
Richard Agar has named an unchanged Leeds side for the meeting with Trinity while Chris Chester welcomes back Joe Westerman, Jack Croft and Jacob Miller. Wakefield are without Tony Gigot and Matty Ashurst who picked up injuries in Sunday’s victory over Hull KR.
Friday’s opening game now sees Warrington Wolves face Huddersfield Giants at 5:30pm. The Wolves had originally been planned face Salford however the Red Devils had to forfeit the game due to player unavailability. Warrington and Huddersfield have agreed to move their Round 21 fixture forward to Friday evening.
After consecutive league defeats, Warrington returned to winning ways last time out with a 32-6 win against Leeds, which came 16 days ago. As for the Giants, they have lost each of their last three Betfred Super League outings by eight points or less.
Darnell McIntosh and Jermaine McGillvary are in line to return for Luke Robinson’s men.
Thursday 29 October
Leeds Rhinos v Wakefield Trinity – 5:30pm – Sky Sports Arena & Mix
Hull Kingston Rovers v Hull FC – 7:45pm – Sky Sports Arena & Mix
Friday 30 October
Warrington Wolves v Huddersfield Giants – 5:30pm – Sky Sports Arena
St Helens v Wigan Warriors – 7:45pm – Sky Sports Arena & Mix