The Super Preview - Australian Rugby league News
Backglobalrugbyleague - Sat, 08 Mar 2008 08:52:00 GMT
Get ready to cancel all your appointments so you can spend quality time rooting for your favourite English Super League squad in round 5.
Super League XIII throws up some tasty ties this weekend including showdowns between Warrington and Wigan and Harlequins RL against Huddersfield.
Newly crowned World Club Champions Leeds Rhinos will help kick off proceedings when they travelling to winless Castleford on Friday night.
The home side have Michael Shenton, Stuart Donlan and Ryan Clayton all returning to the squad. Leeds are set to rest prop Jamie Peacock and hand a debut to 21 year old prop Luke Burgess; older brother of Bradford teen sensation Sam.
Danny McGuire and Clinton Toopi are sidelined through injuries they picked up against Melbourne, so Ashley Gibson and Jordan Tansey come into Brian McClennan’s squad.
Castleford Tigers 18 man squad: Donlan, Dorn, Shenton, Dixon, Wainwright, Thackeray, Sherwin, Leafa, Henderson, Korkidas, Guttenbeil, Clayton, Westerman, Higgins, Huby, Lupton, Moore, McGoldrick. Coach: Terry Matterson
Leeds Rhinos 18 man squad: Webb, Donald, Senior, Smith, Burrow, Leuluai, Diskin, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ellis, Sinfield, Lauitiiti, Bailey, Scruton, Ablett, Gibson, Tansey, Burgess. Coach: Brian McClennan
St. Helens and Hull FC are both suffering with injuries and they lock horns at Knowsley Road on Friday night.
Sean Long and Paul Sculthorpe are the latest additions to Saints’ ever growing list of casualties.
Their places will be taken by youngster Matty Smith and the returning Jon Wilkin.
Australian hooker Shaun Berrigan is Hull FC’s latest casualty, although Great Britain centre Kirk Yeaman returns for Peter Sharp’s side.
St. Helens 18 man squad: Wellens, Gardner, Gidley, Talau, Meli, Pryce, Cunningham, Wilkin, Gilmour, Roby, Bennett, Graham, Hargreaves, Smith, Clough, Tyrer, Eastmond, Frodsham. Coach: Daniel Anderson
Hull FC 18 man squad: Byrne, Briscoe, Burnett, Cusack, Dykes, Houghton, G. Horne, Hall, King, Lee, Raynor, Radford, Sing, Tony, Tickle, Washbrook, Wheeldon, Yeaman. Coach: Peter Sharp
In form Harlequins RL and Huddersfield battle it out at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday. Both sides have named unchanged line ups from their round four successes.
The Quins are still without five eighth Scott Hill through injury, and Giants back row Stuart Jones cannot force his way into Jon Sharp’s plans.
Harlequins have won three on the spin whilst Huddersfield have experienced successive comprehensive home victories. Not an easy one to tip.
Harlequins RL 18 man squad: Barker, Clubb, Gafa, Heckenberg, Howell, Mbu, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, McLinden, Orr, Paul, Purdham, Randall, Rinaldi, Sheriffe, Temata, Ward, Wells, Worrincy. Coach: Brian McDermott
Huddersfield Giants 18 man squad: Thorman, Elford, Whaturia, Brown, Robinson, Crabtree, Gatis, Skandalis, Lolesi, Raleigh, Wild, Jackson, Mason, Snitch, Griffin, Hudson, Jensen, Kirmond. Coach: Jon Sharp
Warrington have had the better of Wigan on all four previous Super League encounters at the Halliwell Jones Stadium and on Saturday evening they’ll be hoping to make it five from five.
Warrington are without front rower Paul Wood who dislocated his shoulder against Les Catalans and dream team winger Kevin Penny is expected to be dropped on poor recent form.
New Australian sensation Matt King returns for the Wolves. Phil Bailey and Eamon O’Carroll return for the Warriors who are without Paul Prescott, Mark Calderwood and Karl Pryce through injury.
Warrington Wolves 18 man squad: Reardon, Hicks, M. Gleeson, King, Penny, Briers, Monaghan, Morley, Clarke, Rauhihi, L. Anderson, Westwood, V. Anderson, M. Gleeson, Parker, Johnson, Pickersgill, Bracek. Coach: Paul Cullen
Wigan Warriors 18 man squad: Mathers, Goulding, Carmont, Richards, Barrett, Leuluai, Fielden, Higham, Paleaaesina, Hock, Bailey, O'Loughlin, Colbon, Coley, Hansen, McIlorum, J. Tomkins, O'Carroll. Coach: Brian Noble
Struggling Catalans and Bradford hope to put their poor start behind them at the Stade Gilbert Brutus on Saturday.
The Dragons are still without key players Casey McGuire and Olivier Elima, although they welcome back Jamal Fakir.
Hooker Terry Newton returns for the Bulls who will be without Joe Vagana after he broke his arm at Wigan last Friday night.
Les Catalans Dragons 18 man squad: Greenshields, Murphy, Wilson, Mogg, Pelo, Bosc, Gorrell, Guisset, Raguin, Croker, Mounis, Gossard, Chan, Fakir, Stacul, Casty, Khattabi, Touxagas. Coach: Mick Potter
Bradford Bulls 18 man squad: Morrison, Burgess, Sykes, Newton, Hape, Deacon, Evans, Feather, Nero, Tadulala, Tupou, Platt, Harris, Godwin, Jeffries, Finnigan, Lynch, Langley. Coach: Steve McNamara
The final fixture of the round involves Wakefield and Hull KR. John Kear’s side are without a win since their round one triumph over Bradford.
Hull KR should be ready for the game after having a rest last week, playing their round four game against Leeds before the round one fixtures.
Paul Riley is suspended for the Wildcats, and Damien Blanch, Tony Martin, Tevita Leo-Latu, Matt Blaymire, and Brad Drew are all injured.
Skipper Jason Demetriou returns for Wakefield. Hull KR will be without Stanley Gene and Peter Fox, although Chris Chester and Chev Walker return.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 20 man squad: Atkins, Rooney, Brough, Watene, Sculthorpe, Ferres, MacGillivray, Demetriou, Obst , Bibey, Henderson, Wilkes, Gleeson, Grix, Golden, Ferguson, Moore, George, Murphy, Pitts. Coach: John Kear
Hull KR 20 man squad: Briscoe, Steel, Menzies, Walker, J. Webster, Fitzhenry, Chester, J. Webster, Vella, Fisher, Aizue, Newton, Galea, Murrell, I'Anson, Mills, Crossman, Cockayne, J. Netherton, K. Netherton. Coach: Justin Morgan
Rik’s Round Five Tips: Rhinos to beat Tigers by 12.Saints to beat Hull FC by 18. Warriors to beat Wolves by 4. Bulls to beat Dragons by 10. Quins to beat Giants by 6. Hull KR to beat Wildcats by 24. - Read More, Here