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26th October 2020, 12:59 | super_league

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A Monday evening double-header

The Betfred Super League continues this evening capping off a run which has seen league fixtures played over four of the last five days.

The action begins with a repeat of the 2019 Betfred Super League Grand Final as Salford Red Devils meet St Helens from 5:30pm at the Emerald Headingley Stadium.

St Helens have now won each of their ten fixtures following the resumption of the season back in August with their most recent coming in the form of a 40-8 victory over Leeds Rhinos on Friday. 

Youngster Josh Simm crossed for a hat-trick while Aaron Smith, Kevin Naiqama, Theo Fages and Zeb Taia were also on the scoresheet. Kristian Woolf’s side currently lead the way in the Betfred Super League with 12 wins from their 15 outings giving them an 80%-win percentage.

As for Salford Red Devils, they suffered from a Wembley defeat hangover falling to a heavy 58-12 defeat against Wigan Warriors. The Red Devils’ last victory against St Helens came back in March 2017 with eight consecutive defeats since. 

St Helens welcome back Jack Ashworth, Joseph Paulo and Matty Costello while James Graham is expected to feature. Dan Sarginson returns for Salford after completing a period of self-isolation.  

Leeds Rhinos battle Castleford Tigers in the second of a Monday evening double-header as Richard Agar’s side look to build on their Coral Challenge Cup triumph by securing a play-off place in the Betfred Super League.

The Rhinos have lost each of their last two Betfred Super League outings and will be looking to return to winning ways against the Tigers whom they are yet to play in 2020.

Daryl Powell’s side earned just their second victory following the resumption of the season on Thursday evening with a 38-24 win over Hull Kingston Rovers helped by a fantastic Greg Eden hat-trick.

Leeds sit in 5th spot just outside the Betfred Super League play-off spots while Castleford – currently in 8th – still hold hopes of making a late surge for the top four. 

Sixteen of the Rhinos Wembley representatives are named in Richard Agar’s squad with only Adam Cuthbertson missing out due to fracture in his shoulder.

Castleford have made seven changes to their squad and will be boosted by the returns of Liam Watts, Oliver Holmes, James Clare, Matt Cook, Tyla Hepi and Gareth O’Brien.

 

Fixtures 

Salford Red Devils v St Helens – 5:30pm – Sky Sports Arena

Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers – 7:45pm – Sky Sports Arena