8 Aug 2019

Round 25 Preview

Team News and Key Stats for Round 25

Thursday: Warrington vs St Helens (Live on Sky Sports, 19:45)

The top two sides in Super League will go head to head but both teams are missing some of their key player. Warrington will be without Blake Austin, Tom Lineham, Jack Hughes, Dec Patton, Mike Cooper, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark and Joe Philbin. 

Wire’s rivals Saints will be without Alex Walmsley, Morgan Knowles and Lachlan Coote, and Saints could be playing against Warrington’s new loan signing and former player Matty Smith. 

Saints’ Luke Thompson could make his 150th St Helens appearance, and Zeb Taia his 150th Super League appearance. 

Warrington highest score: 56-22 (H, 2001) (also widest margin)

St Helens highest score: 72-2 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)

Friday: Leeds Rhinos vs Catalans Dragons (Live on Sky Sports, 19:45)

Leeds Rhinos winger Tom Briscoe has been ruled out for the the rest of the season with an ACL injury sustained in their victory against Huddersfield Giants last week, Luke Briscoe take his place in the only change for Leeds. 

Catalans have a depleted squad, their key players Sam Tomkins Micky McIlorum will miss the trip due to suspension. Samisoni Langi, Fouad Yaha, Sam Moa, Jodie Broughton and Jason Baitieri are all injured. 

Leeds highest score: 60-12 (H, 2006) (Widest margin: 58-10, A, 2006; 60-12, H, 2006)

Catalans Dragons highest score: 46-16 (S8, H, 2015) (also widest margin)

Friday: Wigan Warriors vs Hull KR (19:45)

Hull KR are seeking their first win in Wigan since a 20-12 Super League victory on 15 May, 2009.

Wigan will be without Sean O’Loughlin who suffered a pectoral injury last week, but Joe Greenwood and Ben Flower return to the squad, Dom Manfredi and Tom Davies remain on the comeback trail from long-term injuries. 

Hull KR’s new signing Kyle Trout goes straight into the 19-man squad and Will Dagger has been recalled from his loan spell at Featherstone Rovers. 

Joe Burgess is one try off 100 for Wigan, and Danny McGuire needs nine points to reach 1,000 points in Super League. 

Wigan highest score: 84-6 (A, 2013) (also widest margin)

Hull KR highest score: 39-22 (H, 2008) (also widest margin)

Saturday: Castleford Tigers vs London Broncos (19:30)

London Broncos remain at the bottom of the table two points off four teams above them, Castleford slipped out of the play-off places with their loss against KR last week. 

Broncos’ winger Kieran Dixon needs one appearance to reach 100 Super League appearances. 

Castleford highest score: 66-12 (A, 2008) (also widest margin)

London Broncos highest score: 56-0 (H, 1996) (also widest margin)

Sunday: Salford Red Devils vs Huddersfield Giants (15:00)

Huddersfield's Kruise Leeming has scored a try in each of the Giants' last three meetings with Salford.

Huddersfield have dropped down to tenth in the table and are only two points ahead of London Broncos at the foot of the table, Salford are in sixth and two points off the play-offs.

Salford duo Ken Sio and Krisnan Inu need two tries to reach 100 career tries. 

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)

Sunday: Wakefield Trinity vs Hull FC (15:00)

Wakefield announced the signing of Wigan Warriors star Morgan Escaré needs one appearance to reach 150 career appearances, Trinity have been dragged down into the relegation battle after a poor run of form. 

Hull FC announced the signing of Chris Satae and he could go straight into the squad to face Wakefield. FC are currently in third only two points behind Warrington in second, however Warrington have a far superior points difference. 

Wakefield highest score: 72-10 (H, 2018) (also widest margin)

Hull FC highest score: 56-6 (H, 2000) (also widest margin)