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The Super Preview - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Sat, 23 Feb 2008 07:17:00 GMT
UK footy fans are in for a huge weekend of classic cellar dweller clashes in round 3 of Super League.

Leeds and Wigan must take the plaudits going into round three of Super League XIII as the only undefeated outfits. Hull FC, Castleford, and Huddersfield are yet to pick up a point.

Bradford coach Steve McNamara has named an unchanged squad from last weekend’s victory as they host St. Helens at the Gratton Stadium.

St. Helens youngster Chris Flannery misses the game through injury, but Willie Talau and inspirational skipper Paul Sculthorpe returns to the 18 after a long injury lay off.

Bradford Bulls 18 man squad: Morrison, Burgess, Sykes, Newton, Hape, Deacon, Evans, Halley, Nero, Vagana, James, Platt, Harris, Godwin, Jeffries, Finnigan, Lynch, Langley. Coach: Steve McNamara

St. Helens 18 man squad: Wellens, Gardner, Gidley, Talau, Meli, Pryce, Long, Fozzard, Cunningham, Gilmour, Sculthorpe, Roby, Bennett, Graham, Hargreaves, Clough, Frodsham, Dean. Coach: Daniel Anderson

Undefeated Wigan travel to Humberside to take on winless Hull FC. The Warriors are once again without Stuart Fielden, Karl Pryce, and Mark Calderwood, all through injuries.

Injury hit Hull are without big names Richard Horne, Matt Sing, Kirk Yeaman, Richard Whiting, Garreth Carvell, and Adam Dykes. There is some good news though for the Airlie Birds as skipper Lee Radford returns from injury to make his first competitive appearance of the season.

Hull FC 18 man squad: Berrigan, Byrne, Cusack, Dale, Dowes, Hall, G. Horne, Houghton, King, Lee, Tony, Manu, Radford, Raynor, Tickle, Wheeldon, Washbrook, Williams. Coach: Peter Sharp

Wigan Warriors 18 man squad: Mathers, Goulding, Carmont, Richards, Barrett, Leuluai, Higham, Paleaaesina, Hock, Bailey, O'Loughlin, Colbon, Coley, Hansen, McIlorum, Prescott, J. Tomkins, O'Carroll. Coach: Brian Noble

Leeds’ final game before their World Club Challenge Clash with Melbourne is a home tie against Les Catalans. Brian McClennan goes into the game with a clean bill of health to choose from.
Prop Kylie Luluai is set to make his first appearance of Super League XIII.

The Dragons are unchanged from their round two defeat to Hull KR. Olivier Elima and Jason Croker may be fit for round four.

The main objective for the Rhinos is to pick up the points and get through the game without any injuries to give themselves the best possible chance of defeating the Storm.

Leeds Rhinos 18 man squad: Webb, Donald, Toopi, Senior, Smith, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Diskin, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ellis, Sinfield, Lauitiiti, Bailey, Scruton, Kirke, Ablett. Coach: Brian McClennan
Les Catalans Dragons 18 man squad: Greenshields, Wilson, Mogg, Pelo, Bosc, McGuire, Ferriol, Gorrell, Guisset, Raguin, Mounis, Carlaw, Griffi, Chan, Stacul, Casty, Khattabi, Baile. Coach: Mick Potter

Harlequins RL and Wakefield have each picked up one win so far and they face each other at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday.

Youngster Tony Clubb comes in at the expense of Jon Grayshon for the Londoners who are otherwise unchanged from their win at Hull FC.

John Kear welcomes Sean Gleeson and Duncan MacGillivray into his 20 man squad with Paul Riley and Tevita Leo-Latu sitting this one out.

Harlequins RL 20 man squad: Barker, Clubb, Gafa, Haggerty, Heckenberg, Hill, Howell, Mbu, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, McLinden, Orr, Paul, Purdham, Randall, Rinaldi, Sheriffe, Temata, Walsh, Ward, Wells. Coach: Brian McDermott

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 20 man squad: Blaymire, Martin, Atkins, Rooney, Brough, Watene, Drew, Sculthorpe, Ferres, MacGillivray, Demetriou, Obst , Bibey, Henderson, Wilkes, Gleeson, Grix, Ferguson, Moore, George. Coach: John Kear

Hull KR take on the injury stricken Warrington at Craven Park on Sunday. The Wolves have suffered long term injuries to Chris Bridge and Matt King in their loss to St. Helens.

Yet the Robins are still without Chev Walker, although hooker Ben Fisher returns to Justin Morgan’s 20 man squad.

Hull Kingston Rovers 20 man squad: Briscoe, Fox, Steel, Jake Webster, Welham, Fitzhenry, Vella, James Webster, Fisher, Aizue, Murrell, Galea, Newton, Gene, Crossman, Mills, Jason Netherton, Chester, Cockayne, Menzies. Coach: Justin Morgan

Warrington Wolves 20 man squad: Hicks, M. Gleeson, Penny, Briers, Monaghan, Morley, Clarke, Rauhihi, L. Anderson, Westwood, V. Anderson, M. Gleeson, Parker, Johnson, Grix, Riley, Bracek, Harrison, Cooper, Mitchell. Coach: Paul Cullen

Winless Huddersfield host winless Castleford in the final fixture of round three. Ex-Castleford player Keith Mason returns for the Giants. The Tigers welcome back Kirk Dixon and Ryan Boyle.
The loss of Scott Moore through suspension and Stuart Donlan and Ryan Clayton through injury has not done Tigers coach Terry Matterson any favours.
Huddersfield Giants 20 man squad: Thorman, Elford, Whaturia, Brown, Robinson, Crabtree, Gatis, Skandalis, Lolesi, Raleigh, Wild, Jones, Jackson, Mason, Snitch, Griffin, Hudson, Cudjoe, Jensen, Kirmond. Coach: Jon Sharp
Castleford Tigers 20 man squad: Dorn, Shenton, Dixon, Wainwright, Thackeray, Sherwin, Leafa, Henderson, Korkidas, Guttenbeil, Westerman, Higgins, Huby, Lupton, Boyle, Haberecht, Owen, McGoldrick, Fletcher. Coach: Terry MattersonRik’s Round Three Tips: Saints to beat Bulls by 12. Warriors to beat Hull FC by 18. Rhinos to beat Dragons by 8. Quins to beat Wildcats by 12. Wolves to beat Hull KR by 4. Giants to beat Tigers by 18. - Read More, Here