27 Jul 2021

Round 16 preview

Wednesday 28 July

Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors (19.45) - Sky Sports Arena

Wolves fans will have to wait a little longer to see new signing George Williams in action - the former Wigan half-back has not been included in the Warrington squad with Steve Price admitting Williams has a little more work to do before making his debut.

Warrington will also be without Gareth Widdop for Wednesday's clash with Wigan - Widdop hasn't featured since the Wolves Round 11 victory against Leigh Centurions last month.

The Warriors welcome John Bateman back into their 21-man squad for the first time in over a month after the forward recovered from an ankle injury.

Liam Byrne also returns to Adrian Lams squad following an injury layoff and is in contention ahead of the Warriors Round 16 clash with Warrington.

Warrington Wolves: Sitaleki Akauola, Blake Austin, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Matt Davis, Eribe Doro, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Toby King, Tom Lineham, Ellis Longstaff, Jake Mamo, Robbie Mulhern, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Josh Thewlis, Danny Walker, Connor Wrench.

Wigan Warriors: Oliver Gildart, Liam Farrell, Tommy Leuluai, Brad Singleton, Sam Powell, Joe Bullock, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, John Bateman, Oliver Partington, Tony Clubb, Liam Byrne, Harry Smith, Ethan Havard, Jake Bibby, Mitch Clark, Joe Shorrocks, Kai Pearce-Paul, Sam Halsall, Jackson Hastings, Amir Bourouh.

Last 10 meetings: Warrington have won 4, Wigan have won 6 - the Wolves have won the last four meetings at the Halliwell Jones Stadium between the 2 sides.

Thursday 29 July

Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity (18.15 UK) - Stade Gilbert Brutus

Catalans welcome James Maloney and Joel Tomkins back from their respective suspensions, whilst Micky McIllorum is also available after recovering from an injury.

Captain Benjamin Garcia suffered a broken arm during the Dragons Round 15 win against Hull KR and will be absent for at least six weeks. Mike McMeeken, who has been an ever-present for Catalans in 2021, is rested. 

Trinity welcome full back Max Jowitt to their squad ahead of Thursday's trip to the South of France. Jowitt hasn't featured since Wakefield's Round 11 defeat to St Helens.

Chris Chester will be without back rower Jay Pitts after he picked up a two-match suspension last week. Trinity are still without star winger Tom Johnstone as well as the in form Joe Westerman ahead of Round 16. 

Catalans Dragons: Arthur Mourgue, Tom Davies, Samisoni Langi, Dean Whare, Fouad Yaha, James Maloney, Josh Drinkwater, Gil Dudson, Micky McIllorum, Julian Bousquet, Matt Whitley, Alrix Da Costa, Benjamin Jullien, Paul Seguier, Mickael Goudemand, Corentin Le Cam, Joel Tomkins, Joe Chan, Sam Kasiano, Sam Tomkins, Cesar Rouge.

Wakefield Trinity: Max Jowitt, Reece Lyne, Liam Kaye, Jacob Miller, Mason Lino, David Fifita, Kyle Wood, Tinirau Arona, Matty Ashurst, Kelepi Tanginoa, Eddie Battye, James Batchelor, Chris Green, Innes Senior, Joe Arundel, Brad Walker, Yusuf Aydin, Lee Kershaw, Ryan Hampshire. 

Last 10 meetings: Catalans have won 8, Wakefield have won 2 - the Dragons have won their last 4 home meetings against Trinity.

Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos (19.45) - MKM Stadium

Bureta Faraimo, Josh Reynolds, Manu Ma’u, Joe Cator and Connor Wynne are all available for Hull FC ahead of their Round 16 clash against Leeds Rhinos.

The black and whites will be without back rower Andre Savelio for the next three games after he picked up a suspension following last week's defeat against Huddersfield.

Zane Tetevano returns to the Rhinos squad for the first time since May after recovering from Covid-19. Luke Gale, Tom Holroyd and Mikolaj Oledzki could also feature this week after missing out in Round 15, despite being named in Richard Agar's squad.

Leeds will be without Liam Sutcliffe after he failed a HIA during the Rhinos Round 15 victory against Salford last week.

Hull FC: Bureta Faraimo, Carlos Tuimavave, Mahe Fonua, Josh Reynolds, Marc Sneyd, Danny Houghton, Chris Satae, Manu Ma’u, Ligi Sao, Jordan Johnstone, Joe Cator, Jordan Lane, Brad Fash, Ben McNamara, Jack Brown, Adam Swift, Josh Bowden, Connor Wynne, Cameron Scott, Mitieli Vulikijapani, Jack Logan.

Leeds Rhinos: Tom Briscoe, Harry Newman, Konrad Hurrell, Ash Handley, Luke Gale, Mikolaj Oledzki, Kruise Leeming, Matt Prior, Alex Mellor, Rhyse Martin, Zane Tetevano, Brad Dwyer, Richie Myler, Cameron Smith, Tom Holroyd, King Vuniyayawa, Sam Walters, Callum McLelland, Luke Briscoe, James Donaldson, Jarrod O'Connor. 

Last 10 meetings: Hull FC have won 6, Leeds have won 4 - the Rhinos are seeking their first win at the MKM Stadium since April 2017.