Super League Round 11 Preview

Super League Round 11 Preview

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Under the backdrop of an England international, the Super League will carry on this weekend.

Hull KR against St Helens fell foul of COVID, but other than that, there is a full round of fixtures, taking place Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Castleford Tigers v Catalans Dragons ( Thursday, 7.45pm)

The action starts with three games on Thursday, playimg simultaneously. The first match we will look at is Castleford against Catalans.

The Tigers will be hoping to build on last week’s win against local rivals Wakefield Trinity at Belle Vue.

Before then, they were winless in the Super League through the month of May.

They come into the match without Paul McShane, Peter Mata’utia and Suaia Matagi, who have all been selected for the midseason international.

As for Catalans, they come into the game well rested, after their clash against Leeds Rhinos was called off due to COVID issues at the Rhinos.

Before then, the Dragons were in fine form- having won eight of their first nine matches to lead the Super League table.

They will be without Sam Tomkins and Tom Davies, who are both representing England, but could welcome back Gil Dudson, Matt Whitley and Alrix da Costa.

Wakefield Trinity v Wigan Warriors (Thursday 7.45pm)

Wakefield also welcome Wigan Warriors to Belle Vue on Thursday.

Both sides are looking bounce back after defeats last week. Wakefield lost at home to Castleford, while Wigan lost at home to Hull KR.

Before that defeat, Wakefield had won three in a row at home, before losing back-to-back away games against Warrington Wolves and Castleford.

Wakefield have selected Joe Westerman, despite being named in the England squad. They have also lost Reece Lyne to England duty.

Meanwhile, Wigan have lost back-to-back games against Hull KR and Catalans Dragons.

They will be without Jackson Hastings, Liam Farrell and John Bateman to International duty. They will also be without Brad Singleton, who picked up a two-match ban for headbutting.

The Warriors have also recalled youngsters Bad O’Neill and James McDonnell from loan spells at Widnes Vikings and York City Knights respectively.

Warrington Wolves v Leigh Centurions (Thursday 7.45pm)

Warrington will welcome Leigh to the Halliwell Jones Stadium for their third clash of the season.

The pair have already met once in pre-season for Chris Hill’s testimonial, and also in Round Two of the Super League. Warrington won on both occassions.

The Wire on a four match winning run in the Super League, and are currently in fourth place. Their last game saw them claim an impressive win at champions St Helens.

They have been forced to name a much-changed squad. Stefan Ratchford, Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper and Joe Philbin have been selected for England, while Toby King sits out with the injury he picked up against the Saints.

As a result, they have brought back Riley Dean and Ellis Robson from their loan spells at York City Knights and Bradford Bulls respectively.

Youngsters Morgan Burgess, Jacob Gannon and Tom Whitehead are also named in the 19-man squad and could make their debuts.

Meanwhile, Leigh, who are still looking for their first win, have only lost Nathan Peats to the All Stars.

Hull FC v Huddersfield Giants (Friday 7.45pm)

Hull welcomes Huddersfield for their second clash of the season at the KCOM Stadium.

The two teams met in Round One of the Super League, with the Black and Whites coming out on top at Headingley.

Hull come into the game off the back of a two-match winning run in the Super League, after wins against Leigh and Castleford.

As for Huddersfield, they are hoping to end a two-match losing run.

At the moment, both sides have not named full squads for this match, as Huddersfield only had 13 fit players at the time when they had to announce it.

They are without Jermaine McGillvary, Ricky Leutele, Aidan Sezer, Luke Yates and Kenny Edwards, who have all been selected for the All-Stars.

Meanwhile, Hull are without Jake Connor, Chris Satae and Andre Savelio.

Salford Red Devils v Leeds Rhinos (Sunday 1pm)

In a game originally scheduled for Friday, Salford will now welcome Leeds to the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday.

The game date was changed so Leeds would have more players available for the fixture. Their last two games had been called off over COVID issues.

Salford will be hoping to build up their momentum, after beating Huddersfield Giants last week for just their second win of the season.

Meanwhile, Leeds will be playing their first game since their 60-6 win over Castleford at the end of May. That was their second win in three matches.

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