31 Jul 2021

Round 17 preview

Sunday 1 August

Wigan Warriors v Leigh Centurions (15.00) - DW Stadium

John Bateman is once again included in the Warriors squad after he missed on their round 16 clash despite being initially named in the 21-man squad.

Liam Marshall and Ethan Havard both drop out of the squad through injury following Wednesday's defeat to Warrington - they are replaced by Brad O'Neill and Umyla Hanley. 

Centurions playmakers Ryan Brierley and Ben Reynolds are both unavailable for Sunday's trip to the DW Stadium due to injury.

Loose forward James Bell also misses out for Leigh as he serves a one-match suspension in Round 17.

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

Leigh Centurions: Matty Russell, Iain Thornley, Junior Sa'u, Joe Mellor, Liam Hood, Mark Ioane, Ben Hellewell, Jordan Thompson, Matty Wildie, Alex Gerrard, Jamie Ellis, Matty Gee, Nathan Mason, Adam Sidlow, Craig Mullen, Keanan Brand, Brendan Elliot, Rob Butler, Jack Ashworth.

Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves (19.30) - Sky Sports Arena

Liam Sutcliffe returns to the Rhinos squad for Sunday's clash with Warrington after recovering from a failed HIA, with youngster Morgan Gannon also recalled.

Bodene Thompson served the last game of his three match suspension in Round 16 and is available to Head Coach Richard Agar once again.

George Williams is in line to make his Warrington Wolves debut on Sunday after being named in their 21-man squad. The England international joined the Wolves from NRL side Canberra Raiders and is yet to feature for in the primrose and blue.

Meanwhile, Matty Ashton has been included in the Warrington squad ahead of Sunday's clash with Leeds - Ashton has been out of action since May after suffering an ankle injury. 

Leeds Rhinos: Tom Briscoe, Harry Newman, Konrad Hurrell, Ash Handley, Luke Gale, Mikolaj Oledzki, Kruise Leeming, Matt Prior, Rhyse Martin, Zane Tetevano, Brad Dwyer, Liam Sutcliffe, Richie Myler, Cameron Smith, Tom Holroyd, King Vuniyayawa, Bodene Thompson, Luke Briscoe, James Donaldson, Jarrod O'Connor, Morgan Gannon.

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

Monday 2 August

Hull FC v St Helens (19.45) - Sky Sports Arena

Brett Hodgson has kept with the same squad that were defeated by Leeds in Round 16. Andre Savelio remains unavailable as he serves the second of his three match suspension.

St Helens will be without Theo Fages for the remainder of the year after the Frenchman broke his shoulder during their Challenge Cup victory last time out. Regan Grace and Agnatius Paasi are also unavailable for Monday's fixture.

Sione Mata'utia returns for Round 17 after serving a one-match suspension picked up during their last Betfred Super League fixture.

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.

St Helens: Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Jonny Lomax, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Matty Lees, Joel Thompson, Morgan Knowles, Sione Mata’utia, LMS, Kyle Amor, Jack Welsby, Aaron Smith, Joe Batchelor, Lewis Dodd, Josh Eaves, Dan Norman, Matty Foster.

Castleford Tigers v Huddersfield Giants (19.45) - Mend-A-Hose Jungle

Castleford have drafted in Hull KR centre Jimmy Keinhorst on a two-week loan, as well as Featherstone Rovers duo Jake Sweeting and Loui McConnell who join the Tigers on a one-week loan.

Daryl Powell is without a host of first team stars due to Covid-19 return to play protocols - but most are likely to be back for their Round 18 fixture against Leeds Rhinos.

George Roby could make his first start for the Giants after the youngster impressed in the Huddersfield academy this season.

Fellow academy products Will Pryce and Robson Stevens have retained their place in the Giants squad following their win against Hull FC last time out. 

Castleford Tigers: Niall Evalds, Derrell Olpherts, Michael Shenton, Paul McShane, Cheyse Blair, Nathan Massey, Alex Foster, Daniel Smith, Suaia Matagi, Lewis Bienek, Lewis Peachey, Brad Martin, Sam Hall, Brad Graham, Cain Robb, Nathan Magee, Jimmy Keinhorst, Jake Sweeting, Loui McConnell.

Huddersfield Giants: Ashton Golding, Jermaine McGillvary, Jake Wardle, Luke Yates, Chris McQueen, James Cunningham, Oliver Wilson, Leroy Cudjoe, Oliver Russell, Louis Senior, Owen Trout, Sam Hewitt, Sam Wood, Olly Ashall-Bott, Will Pryce, Robson Stevens, Nathaniel Peteru, Nathan Peats, George Roby.

Hull Kingston Rovers v Catalans Dragons (19.45) - Hull College Craven Park

The Robins make just one change to their squad following their defeat to the Dragons last time out - Jimmy Keinhorst drops out after joining Castleford Tigers on a two week loan.

Catalans welcome Micky McIllorum and Mike McMeeken back into their side ahead of Monday's trip to East Hull.

Head Coach Steve McNamara will be without Tom Davies and Matty Whitley however after the pair picked up injuries during the Dragons Round 16 victory against Wakefield Trinity.

Hull KR: Adam Quinlan, Ben Crooks, Greg Minikin, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Ryan Hall, Jordan Abdull, Albert Vete, Matt Parcell, Korbin Sims, Brad Takairangi, Kane Linnett, Dean Hadley, Jez Litten, George Lawler, George King.Matty Storton, Rowan Milnes, Will Maher, Luis Johnson, Muizz Mustapha

Catalans Dragons: Arthur Mourgue, Samisoni Langi, Dean Whare, Fouad Yaha, James Maloney, Josh Drinkwater, Gil Dudson, Micky McIllorum, Julian Bousquet, Mike McMeeken, Alrix Da Costa, Mickael Goudemand, Corentin Le Cam, Joel Tomkins, Joe Chan, Sam Kasiano, Sam Tomkins, César Rouge, Romain Franco