Rivals Round Preview

13 Apr 2022

Rivals Round Preview

Thursday 14 April

Catalans Dragons v Toulouse Olympique (19.30 UK) - Sky Sports Arena

The first all French clash in Betfred Super League! Rivals Round kicks off with Toulouse visiting Catalans in an historic tie between the two clubs. The Dragons will be without current Man of Steel Sam Tomkins after the full back suffered a small fracture to his fibula last weekend.

He joins Gil Dudson, Samisoni Langi, Dean Whare and Julian Bousquet on the side lines ahead of Le Derby. Arthur Mourgue is set to make his first Super League appearance after making a successful comeback during Catalans Challenge Cup tie last weekend.

Toulouse Olympique will be without several first team stars for their trip to Perpignan on Thursday. Forwards Joe Bretherton, Andrew Dixon, Joseph Paulo and Dominique Peyroux are all unavailable through injury.

Lloyd White, Junior Vaivai and Gadwin Springer are all available for Sylvain Houles after missing Toulouse's Round Seven clash with Castleford two weeks ago. 

Catalans Dragons: Arthur Mourgue, Tom Davies, Fouad Yaha, Mitchell Pearce, Josh Drinkwater, Micky McIlorum, Matt Whitley, Mike McMeeken, Benjamin Garcia, Alrix Da Costa, Benjamin Jullien, Paul Seguier, Mickael Goudemand, Matthieu Laguerre, Arthur Romano, Tyrone May, Corentin Le Cam, Dylan Napa, Jordan Dezaria, Joe Chan, Sam Kasiano.

Toulouse Olympique: Junior Vaivai, Paul Marcon, Lucas Albert, Romain Navarrete, Lloyd White, Harrison Hansen, Anthony Marion, Eloi Pelissier, Maxime Puech, Mitch Garbutt, James Cunningham, Ilias Bergal, Chris Hankinson, Gadwin Springer, Justin Sangare, Guy Armitage, Matty Russell, Hugo Pezet, Olly Ashall-Bott, Maxime Stefani, Tony Gigot.

Wakefield Trinity v Castleford Tigers (19.45) - Be Well Support Stadium

Tom Johnstone is in contention after missing Wakefield's Challenge Cup Quarter-Final clash as Trinity go in search for their first win against Cas since 2015. 

Matty Ashurst and David Fifita could also feature after missing last weeks match, but there's no place for skipper Jacob Miller - he misses out through injury. 

Lee Radford makes two changes to his Castleford squad following their exit from the Challenge Cup last week. Both Jordan Turner and Bureta Faraimo picked up injuries during the match and drop out this week - the pair are replaced by youngsters Sam Hall and Jack Sadler. 

Wakefield Trinity: Max Jowitt, Tom Johnstone, Reece Lyne, Mason Lino, Eddie Battye, Liam Hood, Tinirau Arona, Matty Ashurst, Kelepi Tanginoa, Jay Pitts, Jordy Crowther, Jai Whitbread, Lee Gaskell, Liam Kay, Brad Walker, Yusuf Aydin, Sid Adebiyi, Harry Bowes, Lewis Murphy, Corey Hall, David Fifita.

Castleford Tigers: Niall Evalds, Derrell Olpherts, Jake Mamo, Jake Trueman, Liam Watts, Paul McShane, Kenny Edwards, Adam Milner, Joe Westerman, Nathan Massey, George Griffin, Mahe Fonua, Tyla Hepi, James Clare, Alex Sutcliffe, Daniel Smith, Greg Eden, Suaia Matagi, Sam Hall, Gareth O’Brien, Jack Sadler.

Leeds Rhinos v Huddersfield Giants (20.00) - Headingley Stadium

Leeds welcome a host stars back to their 21-man squad as they go in search of just their second win of the season during Rivals Round. 

Brad Dwyer and Zane Tetevano return from suspension alongside Alex Mellor and Bodene Thompson. Aidan Sezer is unavailable due to a groin injury - he joins the likes of David Fusitu'a, Harry Newman and Richie Myler on the side lines.

Jermaine McGillvary has been included the Huddersfield squad ahead of Thursday's trip to Leeds - the experienced winger missed the Giants Challenge Cup win over the weekend through injury. Owen Trout is also available after being absent last weekend.

Huddersfield are still without youngster Will Pryce as he continues to serve his 10-match suspension picked up against Hull FC in Round Six.

Leeds Rhinos: Jack Walker, Liam Sutcliffe, Ash Handley, Blake Austin, Mikolaj Oledzki, Kruise Leeming, Matt Prior, James Bentley, Rhyse Martin, Zane Tetevano, Brad Dwyer, Alex Mellor, Cameron Smith, Bodene Thompson, Tom Briscoe, Morgan Gannon, Jack Broadbent, Jarrod O'Connor, James Donaldson, Muizz Mustapha, Liam Tindall.

Huddersfield Giants: Jermaine McGillvary, Ricky Leutele, Ashton Golding, Tui Lolohea, Theo Fages, Chris Hill, Danny Levi, Michael Lawrence, Josh Jones, Chris McQueen, Luke Yates, Matty English, Joe Greenwood, Jack Cogger, Owen Trout, Adam O'Brien, Oliver Wilson, Leroy Cudjoe, Louis Senior, Oliver Russell, Innes Senior.

Warrington Wolves v Salford Red Devils (20.00) - Halliwell Jones Stadium

Daryl Powell will be without star half-back George Williams on Thursday Night after he picked up an abdominal injury. Oliver Holmes is also missing due to a minor hamstring strain.

The pair are replaced by the experienced Stefan Ratchford and livewire Matty Ashton who both return from their own respective injuries as the Wolves go in search of their first win since Round Three.

Salford will be without Dan Sarginson and James Greenwood following the news the pair would miss the majority of the season through injury. 

The Red Devils also remain without Kallum Watkins and Harvey Livett who have both been side lined through injury so far this year.

Warrington Wolves: Matty Ashton, Joe Bullock, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Matt Davis, Riley Dean, Jack Hughes, Toby King, Ellis Longstaff, Billy Magoulias, Peter Mata’utia, Robbie Mulhern, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Ellis Robson, Josh Thewlis, Danny Walker, Gareth Widdop.

Salford Red Devils: Ryan Brierley, Ken Sio, Tim Lafai, Joe Burgess, Brodie Croft, Marc Sneyd, Sitaleki Akauola, Andy Ackers, Greg Burke, Elijah Taylor, Danny Addy, King Vuniyayawa, Ryan Lannon, Chris Atkin, Jack Ormonroyd, Jack Wells, Josh Johnson, Rhys Williams, Sam Luckley, Deon Cross, Alex Gerrard.

Friday 15 April 

Hull KR v Hull FC (12.30) - Sky Sports Main Event & Arena

Hull KR's Mikey Lewis will miss Rivals Round after he picked up an ankle injury during the Robins' Challenge Cup win last weekend. Forward Tom Garratt also misses out on the chance to play in his first Hull Derby due to concussion.

Greg Richards and Jordan Abdull are both available after passing their HIA's during last weekends clash with Castleford. 

Hull FC make no changes to their squad following their Challenge Cup exit - Carlos Tuimavave could feature after missing out last week. Captain Luke Gale and overseas recruit Kane Evans are both in line to play in their first Hull Derby after making successful returns from suspension in the last fortnight.

The Black & Whites are still without the likes of Joe Cator, Connor Wynne, Cameron Scott and Jamie Shaul through injury.

Hull KR: Lachlan Coote, Ben Crooks, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Ryan Hall, Jordan Abdull, Matt Parcell, George King, Dean Hadley, Kane Linnett, Matty Storton, Jez Litten, Korbin Sims, Elliot Minchella, Jimmy Keinhorst, Will Dagger, Rowan Milnes, Will Maher, Ethan Ryan, Sam Wood, Greg Richards, Frankie Halton.

Hull FC: Jake Connor, Adam Swift, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Darnell McIntosh, Josh Reynolds, Luke Gale, Ligi Sao, Danny Houghton, Chris Satae, Andre Savelio, Manu Ma’u, Jordan Lane, Joe Lovodua, Kane Evans, Brad Fash, Ben McNamara, Jack Brown, Jordan Johnstone, Josh Bowden, Mitieli Vulikijapani.

 Hull KR and Hull FC will meet again in Newcastle at the 2022 Magic Weekend. Be the difference and bring the noise at St James' Park by purchasing tickets here.

St Helens v Wigan Warriors (15.00) - Sky Sports Main Event & Arena

Saints make just one change to their squad following their Challenge Cup victory on Saturday. Curtis Sironen picked up a one-match suspension and misses out on the chance to play in his first Rivals Round Derby - he's replaced by Jake Wingfield in the 21-man squad.

Kristian Woolf is still without the services of Regan Grace and Sione Mata'utia through injury.

Wigan are without both Zak Hardaker and Iain Thornley ahead of Friday's crunch tie with St Helens. The pair have been replaced by James McDonnell and Abbas Miski. Willie Isa is also available as he continues his comeback from injury.

Liam Marshall remains unavailable through injury whilst Kaide Ellis continues to serve his five-match suspension.

St Helens: Jack Welsby, Tommy Makinson, Will Hopoate, Mark Percival, Jonny Lomax, Lewis Dodd, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Matty Lees, Joe Batchelor, Morgan Knowles, Joey Lussick, LMS, Agnatius Paasi, Jake Wingfield, James Bell, Ben Davies, Konrad Hurrell, Dan Norman, Sam Royle, Jon Bennison.

Wigan Warriors: Bevan French, Jake Bibby, Cade Cust, Thomas Leuluai, Brad Singleton, Sam Powell, Patrick Mago, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, John Bateman, Morgan Smithies, Harry Smith, Oliver Partington, Ethan Havard, Liam Byrne, Joe Shorrocks, Jai Field, Abbas Miski, Sam Halsall, James McDonnell, Brad O'Neill.

Saints and the Warriors will go face-to-face in Newcastle when they meet at the 2022 Magic Weekend. Bring the noise and join us this summer by purchasing tickets here.