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22nd October 2020, 12:26 | super_league

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St Helens face Leeds while Wigan battle Salford

Following an enthralling Coral Challenge Cup Final last weekend between Leeds Rhinos and Salford Red Devils, the Betfred Super League rolls on five fixtures in the next four days.

Fresh off their victory at Wembley Stadium last Saturday, Leeds face the difficult task of facing off against league leaders St Helens on Friday evening, 7:45pm kick-off.

Rhinos Head Coach Richard Agar has made a number of changes to the squad but there are seven players included from last weekend’s victory including fullback Richie Myler following his Lance Todd Trophy winning performance.

St Helens welcome back prop-forward James Graham who has now completed a self-isolation period for Friday’s clash with Leeds. Kristian Woolf’s side have won all nine of their Betfred Super League fixtures since the resumption of the season, including back-to-back wins over Wakefield Trinity in their last two outings. 

Coral Challenge Cup runners-up Salford Red Devils are also in action on Friday evening as they face Wigan Warriors, 5:30pm kick-off. 

Ian Watson has made changes to his Red Devils squad with Kevin Brown and Ryan Lannon ruled out due to injury while Dan Sarginson and Jack Ormondroyd remain in self-isolation. Cup-tied hooker Andy Ackers returns to the squad. 

As for the Warriors, prop-forward Tony Clubb could make his return after recovering from injury while the trio of Oliver Gildart, Joe and George Burgess also come into Adrian Lam’s squad. Ethan Havard, Jack Wells and Liam Marshall all remain sidelined while Sean O’Loughlin also misses out. 

Both sides have won three of their last four in the Betfred Super League with Wigan winning eight of their last ten league meetings with Salford. However, the Red Devils’ two victories came in their last fixtures – a 2020 league meeting and last year’s memorable Play-Off Semi-Final.

The latest round of action gets underway at 5:30pm on Thursday as Castleford Tigers face Hull Kingston Rovers.

Daryl Powell’s have won just one game since the resumption of the Betfred Super League season and have lost each of their last four outings. The Robins ended a four-game losing run last Tuesday with a hard-fought 24-22 win against Salford.

Brad Martin and Bailey Hodgson – nephew of England hooker Josh Hodgson – are both in line to make their Castleford debuts. However, Gareth O’Brien, Tyla Hepi and Matt Cook all miss out. Will Dagger returns to the Hull KR squad, but Rovers will be without Head Coach Tony Smith who is self-isolating.

Huddersfield Giants still have ambitions of making the Play-Offs and a victory over Wakefield Trinity would help their case. They meet on Thursday evening at 7:45pm.

The Giants have lost each of their last two Betfred Super League fixtures while Trinity have failed to win a league outing since the resumption of the season. Huddersfield earned a 6-29 victory when the sides met in mid-September.

Sunday’s Betfred Super League offering sees Trinity and KR feature for the second time in four days as they do battle at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.

 

Thursday 22 October

Castleford Tigers v Hull Kingston Rovers – 5:30pm – Sky Sports Arena & Mix

Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield Trinity – 7:45pm – Sky Sports Arena & Mix

 

Friday 23 October 

Wigan Warriors v Salford Red Devils – 5:30pm – Sky Sports Arena

St Helens v Leeds Rhinos – 7:45pm – Sky Sports Arena

 

Sunday 25 October 

Wakefield Trinity v Hull Kingston Rovers – 2pm - Our League