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The Super Preview - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Mon, 07 May 2007 00:01:00 GMT
Round 13 of Super League XII means one thing – Millennium Magic. Super League invades Cardiff for what should be a memorable weekend for players, coaches, and fans alike.

The first game to spark the magic is between Les Catalans and Harlequins RL. The Dragons have Vincent Duport and the top try scorer for Super League XI, Justin Murphy back in their 18.

The Quins this week have captured the services of 20 years old Leeds forward Luke Burgess on a months loan from the Rhinos. He goes straight into the 18, along with the returning Matt Gafa.

Les Catalans 18 man squad: A Bentley, Bosc, Casty, Chan, Duport, Ferriol, Gossard, Greenshields, Griffi, Guisset, Jones, McGuire, Mogg, Murphy, Quigley, Teixido, Touxagas, Wilson.

Harlequins RL 18 man squad: Burgess, Gafa, Grayshon, Heckenberg, Hill, Hopkins, McLinden, Melling, Orr, Purdham, Randall, Rinaldi, A Smith, T Smith, Sykes, Temata, Walsh, Wells.

Next on the bill is the tasty all Hull derby which has been spiced up by the controversial switch made by Paul Cooke from Hull FC to Hull KR.

Willie Manu and Richard Horne return for Hull FC who come in for Shayne McMenemy and Jamie Thackeray. Byron Ford, Scott Murell and David Tangata-Toa come in for the Robins, who include ex Hull FC Paul Cooke in their 18.

Hull FC 18 man squad: Sing, Carvell, Raynor, Dowes, Briscoe, King, Domic, Maiava, Yeaman, G. Horne, Manu, Radford, Washbrook, Tickle, R. Horne, Swain, Tony, Godwin.

Hull KR 18 man squad: Cockayne, Dyer, Hardman, Ford, Goddard, Webster, Cooke, Gene, Fisher, O’Neill, Chester, Aizue, Gannon, Ward, Lennon, J. Netherton, Tangata-Toa, Murrell.

The final game to be played at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday is another huge derby involving St. Helens and Wigan.

Saints will be hoping to make it an incredible seven straight wins in a row over their local rivals.

The only change for Daniel Anderson’s men is the inclusion of Jon Wilkin for Mike Bennett.

Wigan has an unchanged 18 for the third week in a row, but full back Chris Ashton faces a late fitness test.

St. Helens 18 man squad: Wellens, Gidley, Talau, Meli, Pryce, Long, Fozzard, Cunningham, Cayless, Wilkin, Sculthorpe, Roby, Graham, Hargreaves, Moore, Clough, Fa’asavalu, Tyrer.

Wigan 18 man squad: Ashton, Calderwood, Bailey, Richards, Barrett, Leuluai, Fielden, Higham, Paleaaesina, Hock, Fletcher, O’Loughlin, Vaealiki, Millard, Prescott, Hansen, Goulding, Tomkins.

League fans will wake up with sore heads and head back to the Millennium Stadium as Sunday starts with Huddersfield taking on Wakefield.

The Giants are showing playoff form at the moment, well and truly putting behind them their poor start.

Robbie Paul and Matt Gardner return for Jon Sharp’s side. Wakefield welcomes back the March twins; David and Paul, along with Sam Obst, who has recovered from a broken wrist.

Huddersfield 20 man squad: Reilly, Aspinwall, Lolesi, Brown, Thorman, Paul, Crabtree, Drew, Skandalis, Nero, Raleigh, Wild, Jones, Jackson, Mason, Griffin, Hudson, Snitch, Gardner, Hemingway.

Wakefield 20 man squad: Pryce, Demetriou, Atkins, Rooney, Jeffries, Watene, Obst , Catic, MacGillivray, Ferres, P. March, D. March, Bibey, Henderson, Elima, Blaymire, Fox, Golden, Moore, White.

Warrington and Salford go head to head in another Lancashire derby. Salford has made a whole ring of changes from their heavy defeat to Wigan.

Danny Williams comes in for Aaron Moule, and Andrew Brocklehurst, Garrerth Haggerty, and Steve Nash all are included in the Reds’ 20. The Wolves are without Chris Bridge, but Rob Parker returns.

Salford 20 man squad: Hodgson, McGuinness, Wilshere, Dorn, Robinson, Coley, Korkidas, Edmondson, Sibbit, Finnigan, Viane, Brocklehurst, Haggerty, Adamson, Littler, Nash, Turner, Jewitt, Williams, Berthezene.

Warrington 20 man squad: Reardon, Fa’afili, Mark Gleeson, Johnson, Grose, Briers, Leikvoll, Clarke, Rauhihi, Morley, Westwood, Anderson, Martin Gleeson, Parker, Barnett, Pickersgill, Harrison, Wainwright, Riley, Cooper.

To cap off a feast of rugby league, the top two battle it out as Bradford faces Leeds.

The Bulls have this week permanently secured the services of Brisbane wing Tame Tupou. The 24 year old should be included in Steve McNamara’s squad for next week.

Bradford have named an unchanged squad to face Leeds. The Rhinos have Ali Lauitiiti back in their 20, but will be without Jamie Peacock.

Bradford 20 man squad: James, Burgess, McKenna, Cook, I. Harris, McAvoy, Evans, Halley, B. Harris, Langley, Newton, Feather, Deacon, Vagana, Vainikolo, Kopczak, Solomona, Platt, Lynch, Henderson.

Leeds 20 man squad: Webb, Donald, Toopi, Senior, Smith, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Diskin, Jones-Buchanan, Ellis, Sinfield, Lauitiiti, Thackray, Bailey, Kirke, Gibson, Ablett, Tansey, Hall.

THE RICH ROUND 13 TIPS: Dragons to beat Quins by 12. Hull KR to beat Hull FC by 1. Warriors to beat Saints by 12. Giants to beat Wildcats by 30. Wolves to beat Reds by 40. Bulls to beat Rhinos by 6. - Read More, Here