Super League Round Nine Preview

Super League Round Nine Preview

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Despite Huddersfield v Wigan and Leeds v Saints falling foul of COVID, there are still four games to look forward to across this weekend.

These are the first games to be called off for COVID related reasons in 2021, although Halifax against Sheffield in the Championship came before it.

Castleford Tigers v Hull FC (Thursday 7.45pm)

Castelford will be hoping to build on what was a very impressive performance last week against Warrington as they face Hull at The Jungle.

They beat the Wire 35-20 to reach Wembley for the first time since 2014.

As for Hull, they will be hoping for a response themselves after falling to a 33-18 defeat against St Helens.

In the Super League, Castleford will be hoping to arrest their losing run of three matches. They lost against Leeds Rhinos, Warrington and Hull KR in the Super League.

They have made five changes to that side who beat Warrington on Saturday. Niall Evalds, Jake Trueman, Cheyse Blair, Daniel Smith, and Gareth O’Brien making way for Danny Richardson, George Griffin, Lewis Bienek, Lewis Peachey, and Brad Graham stepping into the squad.

Meanwhile, Hull will be hoping to return to winning ways after defeat in the Super League against St Helens in their last match. They make one enforced change, with Josh Griffin ruled out through a season-ending Achilles injury. Replacing him in the squad is Mitieli Vulikijapani, who has been on loan at Bradford Bulls in the Championship.

Hull KR v Salford Red Devils (Friday, 7.45pm)

Hull KR come into their game against Salford hoping to keep their winning run going after a big win over Leigh Centurions last time out.

They have been on an impressive run since losing their first two matches. Since then, they have won four of their next six matches.

The Robins are boosted by the return of George King, who missed their last game with a hip injury.

Meanwhile, Salford are looking for just their second win of the season after a difficult start to life under new Head Coach Richard Marshall.

Last time out, they suffered a 62-18 defeat at the hands of Warrington Wolves at home. Their only win so far has come against Leigh in April.

Ben Davies, who signed on loan from St Helens comes straight into the squad in place of Kallum Watkins, who is set to miss the next three months out with a knee injury.

Warrington Wolves v Wakefield Trinity (Friday, 7.45pm)

Warrington will be hoping for a big reaction after a disappointing day at the office in their Challenge Cup semi-final defeat against Castleford Tigers last week.

In the Super League, they have been in good form. They are currently on a two-match winning streak since a 26-20 defeat by Huddersfield Giants in their first game back in front of fans.

They have named an unchanged side this week.

Meanwhile, Wakefield are in a good bit of form themselves. They have won their last three Super League matches, most recently at home against Leigh Centurions.

They are also unchanged. Kelepi Tanginoa recovered from the dead leg injury he suffered last week.

Leigh Centurions v Catalans Dragons (Saturday 3pm)

Leigh will be hoping they can get off the mark against a Catalans Dragons side bang in form.

They have yet to win so far this season, but would have been encouraged by their performance against Wakefield last week, but they just couldn’t quite get over the line.

From that game, interim Head Coach Kurt Haggerty has welcomed back four players into the squad. Matty Russell, Nathan Mason and Nathaniel Peteru are back from injury, while Ben Reynolds is back from suspension.

Catalans have been the in-form team in the Super League at the moment, with both early season pacesetters Wigan Warriors and St Helens losing their unbeaten starts against them in consecutive weeks.

With both Saints and Wigan out of actiuon this week, it is a chance for the Dragons to go top. They also make four changes. Fouad Yaha, Paul Seguier, Lambert Belmas and Jason Baiteri all return.

Joel Tomkins starts his four0match suspension, while Gil Dudson, Corentin Le Cam and Jordan Dezaria also make way.

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