Round 21 Preview
Rhyse Martin could make his Leeds Rhinos debut.
Thursday: Salford Red Devils vs Huddersfield Giants (Live on Sky Sports, 7:45PM)
Salford Red Devils’ squad is unchanged from the side that lost to away to Wigan Warriors last week. Ken Sio is three tries away from scoring 100 career tries, 43 of those tries have come in Super League for Hull KR and Salford Red Devils and Tyrone McCarthy is one appearance away from his 100th Super League appearance.
Huddersfield Giants have been dragged into the relegation battle after a poor run of form, they are only off the bottom of the table due to points difference. Jermaine McGillvary returns to the squad after his injury, while Tom Holmes and Oliver Wilson could make their debut for Simon Woolford’s men.
Salford highest score: 52-14 (S8, H, 2017) (also widest margin)
Huddersfield highest score: 52-4 (H, 2010); 52-22 (H, 2011) (Widest margin: 52-4, H, 2010)
Friday: Castleford Tigers vs Leeds Rhinos (Live on Sky Sports, 7:45PM)
Castleford have won their last four home meetings with Leeds, with the Rhinos' last away win against the Tigers coming 26-12 on 3 April, 2015. Tigers announced that Liam Watts has signed a contract extension at the club fending off interest from the NRL.
Cas will be without youngsters Tuoyo Egodo and Jake Trueman following concussion injuries, they’re replaced by Greg Eden and Mitch Clark who could make his 100thcareer appearance.
Leeds Rhinos will go into the game with confidence after their 31-12 home win against Catalans Dragons, new signing Rhyse Martin is set to make his debut. Jack Walker has been ruled out of the squad; Ashton Golding replaces the youngster.
Trent Merrin is one appearance away from his 250th career appearance, Robert Lui could make his 200th career appearance and Tom Briscoe is one appearance from 150 for Leeds Rhinos.
Castleford highest score: 66-10 (H, 2017) (also widest margin)
Leeds highest score: 76-12 (H, 2009) (also widest margin)
Friday: Hull FC vs St Helens (7:45PM)
Hull FC could not have asked for a tougher game to bounce back from their derby day loss against Hull KR as they face St Helens.
Gareth Ellis returns to the 19-man squad replacing Dean Hadley, while Albert Kelly missed out on the 17-man squad is included again after his hamstring tweak the week before. Joe Westerman could also play against Saints after his warrior moment against KR.
St Helens will be without young hooker Aaron Smith who has not recovered from Sitaleki Akaoula’s big hit last week, James Roby is still out, which means James Bentley could get another chance at hooker.
Hull FC highest score: 44-6 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)
St Helens highest score: 74-16 (H, 1999) (also widest margin)
Friday: Wigan Warriors vs Hull KR (7:45PM)
Wigan Warriors have found form at the right time of the season they moved into the last play-off position after their victory over Salford. Oliver Gildart is one appearance from his 100thSuper League appearance.
Wigan will be without star man Sean O’Loughlin who has picked up an achilles injury, also, Joe Greenwood misses out, but Dan Sarginson returns.
Tommy Lee misses out for Hull KR with Jimmy Keinhorst returning for KR after their derby day win over FC last week.
Wigan highest score: 84-6 (A, 2013) (also widest margin)
Hull KR highest score: 39-22 (H, 2008) (also widest margin)
Saturday: London Broncos vs Warrington Wolves (3PM)
London Broncos currently sit at the bottom of the table on 14 points, with three teams above them only higher placed due to points difference. They face a Warrington side that will need to bounce back from their loss to rivals St Helens.
Dec Patton needs one appearance to reach 100 for his career, 92 of those have come for Warrington, other appearance were at; Rochdale Hornets, North Wales Crusaders and England Knights.
London Broncos highest score: 62-18 (H, 2012) (Widest margin: 60-8, H, 2009)
Warrington highest score: 82-6 (H, 2011); 82-10 (A, 2013) (Widest margin: 82-6, H, 2011)
Saturday: Catalans Dragons vs Wakefield Trinity (Live on Sky Sports, 5PM)
Wakefield have won their last three away meetings with Catalans, with the Dragons' last home win against Trinity coming 32-12 on 20 June, 2015.
Remi Casty is one appearance away from his 350thcareer appearance, his team mate Sam Tomkins could make his 300thcareer appearance.
Micky McIlorum, Tony Gigot, Matt Whitley and Kenny Edwards all return to the Dragons squad hoping to turn their poor run of form.
Wakefield’s Danny Brough is four points behind Paul Deacon in second place in the list of Super League’s all-time points leaders.
Catalans Dragons highest score: 42-22 (A, 2011); 42-28 (A, 2016) (Widest margin: 40-4, A, 2015)
Wakefield highest score: 56-14 (H, 2014) (also widest margin)