Super League Round Eight Preview

Super League Round Eight Preview

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Round Eight of the Super League kicks off tonight,with some interesting fixtures taking place across the weekend.

Salford Red Devils v Warrington Wolves (Thursday 7.45pm)

The action kicks off at the AJ Bell Stadium with Salford welcoming Warrington.

Salford come into the game hoping to go one better after pushing Wigan Warriors all the way last Saturday, while Warrington put up a strong second half showing against Castleford Tigers.

The two sides only faced each other once in the Super League last year, with Salford claiming the win against a youthful Warrington side, with one eye on the Challenge Cup semi-final against the Red Devils. That one was also won by Salford.

Their second Super League clash resulted in Warrington being awarded a 24-0 win after Salford told the RFL they could not fulfil the fixture due to a lack of available players.

Overall, it could well be a close game. Salford will be hoping to put a bit more distance between themselves and the bottom of the table, while Warrington will be hoping to close the gap to the top.

Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos (Friday 7.45pm)

The action continues into Friday night as Castleford Tigers welcome Leeds Rhinos to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Castleford come into the game hoping to bounce back after defeat at Warrington on Saturday, with Leeds hoping to do the same after defeat against Hull FC on Sunday.

The Tigers had started the season well, winning three of their first four matches. But they have only won one since at Salford.

As for Leeds, they have had a tough start. They won their first match against Wakefield Trinity, but then lost five in a row before a second win against Wakefield.

The Tigers will be hoping for a better result than the first time they appeared in front of fans this year, where a late Jordan Abdull try saw them lose against Hull KR.

The two sides faced each other once in 2020. That was a close game as Leeds ran out 28-24 winners at Headingley. Tries from Luke Gale, formerly of Castleford, Tom Briscoe, Rhyse Martin, Ava Seumanufagai and Liam Sutcliffe got Leeds a well-earned win.

Their second clash was cancelled due to the season ending early.

The last time they met in Castleford resulted in a Rhinos win, thanks to tries from Rob Lui, Trent Merrin and Jack Walker.

Both sides will be keen for a win to get their seasons back on track.

St Helens v Hull FC (Friday 7.45pm)

Saints welcome Hull FC on Friday night at the Totally Wicked Stadium hoping to bounce back from defeat in the south of France last week against Catalans Dragons.

That defeat was Saints’ first of the season, and it saw them lose top spot to bitter rivals Wigan Warriors.

As for Hull, they also had a strong start to the season. They won their first three games, before drawing against Warrington, and losing narrowly at Wigan. They bounced back at Leeds on Sunday.

Last year, the two sides only met once, and it was with fans at the KCOM Stadium before lockdown. Tries from James Bentley, Matty Costello, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Aaron Smith and Luke Thompson helped Saints to a 32-18 victory.

The last time they met at the Totally Wicked Stadium was on Easter Monday in 2019, and it saw Saints run out 62-16 winners. Kevin Naiqama scored four, Adam Swift, now of Hull FC, scored a hat-trick, Jonny Lomax scored two, while Jack Welsby and Lachlan Coote also added tries.

Saints will be after a reaction in front of their own fans, while Hull FC are aiming for a first win in St Helens since 2017.

Catalans Dragons v Wigan Warriors (Saturday 5pm UK Time 6pm French Time)

A battle between two pacesetters takes centre stage on Saturday evening as Wigan Warriors make the trip to face Catalans Dragons.

The Dragons will be full of confidence having beaten reigning champions St Helens on Saturday, while Wigan are the only unbeaten side left in the competition.

Wigan were the first side to visit the south of France post lockdown, and claimed a 28-12 win thanks to two tries from Joe Burgess and others from Bevan French, Oliver Gildart and Sam Powell.

If the Dragons were to claim victory, they would both be on the same win percentage at the top of the table.

However, if Wigan were to win, then it would extend their record-breaking start to the season.

Hull KR v Leigh Centurions (Sunday 3pm)

Sunday’s action includes a game that could have important ramifications at the bottom of the table, as Hull KR welcome Leigh to Hull College Craven Park.

Hull KR have had an indifferent start to the season, winning three and losing four of their seven games so far. They will be hoping to bounce back after defeat against Wakefield Trinity last week.

Meanwhile, Leigh are yet to record a win this season. It is their first season in the Super League since 2017.

During both of Leigh’s Super League seasons, Hull KR were not involved in the Super League, so they have not met in a regular season Super League match.

The pair have however met in the Super 8s. Their last clash was in 2017, which saw the Robins win 20-16. Two tries from Shaun Lunt and another from Ryan Shaw gave them victory.

The year before that, they faced each other at Craven Park, with Leigh coming out 25-18 winners. Tries from Matty Dawson, Andrew Dixon, Josh Drinkwater and Sam Hopkins got them victory.

More recently, they met in the 2020 Challenge Cup, in what proved to be the final game Leigh played for over a year. Hull KR won that day 22-19 thanks to tries from Will Dagger, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Kane Linnett and Nick Rawsthorne.

It could well be another close encounter on Sunday.

Wakefield Trinity v Huddersfield Giants (Sunday 3pm)

Also on Sunday, Wakefield Trinity welcome Huddersfield Giants to the Mobile Rocket Stadium.

Wakefield broke their duck on Sunday after beating Hull KR for their first win at the seventh attempt. Meanwhile, Huddersfield hope to extend their winning run after beating Leigh.

Last season, the pair faced each other twice, both after lockdown. The first match saw Huddersfield claim a 29-6 victory. Tries from James Gavet, Suaia Matagi, Chris McQueen, Aidan Sezer and Jake Wardle saw the Giants win.

However, in their second clash, Wakefield recorded a 18-14 win to record their first win in 10 Super League matches. Two tries from Tom Johnstone, and another from Matty Ashurst sealed the win.

The last time the pair met at the Mobile Rocket Stadium was in 2019- a match that saw Wakefield run out 36-10 winners. A hat-trick from Tyler Randell and other efforts from Jordan Crowther and Jacob Miller got Wakefield the win.

Both sides will want the win to try and keep themselves away from the bottom of the table.

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