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The Super Preview - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Sat, 02 Jun 2007 12:27:00 GMT
The unpredictability of Super League XII continues, after last weekend’s shock win for Salford over a Huddersfield side going into the game on the back of nine straight Super League wins.

Who will provide the upset of Round 16?

Aussie imports Tame Tupou and Rod Jenson are expected to arrive in the UK this weekend to begin their new careers with Bradford and Huddersfield.

Round 16 kicks off with top of the tree St. Helens facing bottom club Salford.

Saints have a considerably weakened 18, which does not feature scrum half Sean Long, as well as fellow Great Britain stars Paul Wellens and James Roby.

Salford are likely to field an unchanged 17 that put an end to Huddersfield’s nine game winning streak last weekend.

If Steve Simms’ Salford were to defeat the World Club Champions, they would temporarily be one point away from the foot of the league ladder.

St. Helens 18 man squad: Gardner, Talau, Meli, Pryce, Fozzard, Cunningham, Cayless, Gilmour, Sculthorpe, Graham, Hargreaves, Moore, Smith, Clough, Tyrer, Eastmond, McGilvray, Hull.

Salford 18 man squad: Hodgson, Viane, McGuinness, Littler, Wilshere, Dorn, Robinson, Coley, Berthezene, Korkidas, Brocklehurst, Finnigan, Adamson, Gower, Turner, Ratchford, Nash, Highton.

Second placed Leeds take on a Warrington outfit who are desperate for a win.Tony Smith’s Rhinos need to inflict some pain upon the Wolves to stay level on points with St. Helens.

Despite being named in the original 20 man squad, Leeds will be without hooker Matt Diskin who has yet to recover from a groin injury.

The Wolves will be without Vinnie Anderson, Stuart Reardon and Michael Sullivan, but Simon Grix returns to make his first appearance of Super League XII.

If Warrington suffer another heavy defeat from Leeds then head coach Paul Cullen’s future may start to be questioned. The Wolves have only won three of their last ten Super League XII fixtures.

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

Warrington 20 man squad: Fa'afili, M. Gleeson, Johnson, Grose, Briers, Leikvoll, Clarke, Morley, Westwood, M. Gleeson, Parker, Wood, Barnett, Pickersgill, Grix, Bracek, Harrison, Wainwright, Riley, Penny.

Fourth placed Wigan will hope to carry on their blistering second half form against Hull FC and take it into the weekends tie away in London against Harlequins RL.

The home side will be without their skipper Rob Purdham, along with Daniel Heckenberg and Jon Grayshon. Two of the Quins will be facing their former club in the shape of Chris Melling and Henry Paul.

The Warriors are unchanged from their 47-16 demolition of Hull FC, full back Michael Withers misses out again through a knee injury.

Harlequins RL 18 man squad: Mbu, Clubb, Gafa, Hill, Hopkins, McLinden, Melling, Mills, Orr, Paul, Randall, Rinaldi, T. Smith, Sykes, Temata, Walsh, Wells, Worrincy.

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

This week it is Bradford’s fans who get to indulge in the glorious sunshine in the south of France as the Bulls enter the Dragons’ den.

Les Catalans will be without forwards Djamal Fakir and Jason Croker, which opens the door for David Ferriol. Paul Deacon and the undisciplined Terry Newton return for the Bulls.

Steve McNamara’s new signing Tame Tupou is expected to meet up with the Bulls this weekend, allowing him to feature in their quarter final Carnegie Challenge Cup tie against Huddersfield next weekend.

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

Bradford 18 man squad: Morrison, Burgess, McKenna, Newton, I. Harris, McAvoy, Evans, Halley, B. Harris, James, Deacon, Vagana, Vainikolo, St Hilaire, Solomona, Platt, Lynch, Henderson.

John Kear’s Wakefield take on Justin Morgan’s Hull KR on Sunday.

The Wildcats will be without Kevin Henderson and Semi Tadulala, but have Sam Obst, Danny Sculthorpe, and David March return to the original 20.

The Robins have ruled out David Tangata-Toa and Gareth Morton for the game and Michael Vella is doubtful. Forwards Danny Ward and Chris Chester return for KR.

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

Hull KR 20 man squad: Cockayne, Hardman, Dyer, Goddard, Ford, Cooke, Webster, Tandy, Vella, Fisher, J. Netherton, O'Neill, Gene, Gannon, Morrison, Aizue, Murrell, Chester, Ward, Lennon.

The final fixture of the round pairs up Hull FC with Huddersfield. Both sides will hope to bounce back from their defeats last weekend.

After missing last weekend’s heavy defeat to Wigan, Paul King, Wayne Godwin, and Danny Washbrook have all been included in Peter Sharp’s initial 20.

Winger Matty Sing will miss his first game of Super League XII.

Jamaa Lolesi returns for the Giants, who have had the ok from their club doctor on playing forwards Keith Mason and Ryan Hudson who both took knocks in last weekend’s shock defeat to Salford.

THE RICH ROUND 16 TIPS: Saints to beat Reds by 8. Rhinos to beat Wolves by 24. Warriors to beat Quins by 8. Bulls to beat Dragons by 18. Hull KR to beat Wildcats by 8. Giants to beat Hull FC by 12. - Read More, Here