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The Super Preview - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Sat, 03 Mar 2007 07:37:00 GMT
Round four of Super League XII involves some tasty ties, most notably league leaders Bradford travelling to World Club Champions St. Helens.

After his return from a five months absence last Friday night, Saints skipper Paul Sculthorpe has gone under the knife once again.

Sculthorpe had surgery on his knee to flush out floating debris on Thursday, and is expected to be back in action by the end of the month.

Second rower Mike Bennet is the only other absentee for St. Helens, who will welcome back 19 year-old old Scott Moore into their 17.

The Bulls are at full strength and include back rower Jamie Langley, who missed last weekend’s fixture with a groin strain.

Newly promoted Hull KR travel to JJB Stadium to face the Wigan Warriors on Friday night.

Wigan will be without influential half Trent Barrett (calf), whos place in the 17 is taken by winger Mark Calderwood. Michael Withers is expected to take on the five-eighth role.

The Robins hand a second debut to aging halfback Stanley Gene and iclude ex Wigan back rower Chris Chester in their 18 man squad.

Second placed London host the inconsistent Warrington at the Twikenham Stoop on Saturday evening. The Wolves have followed the pattern of a win, followed by a loss for their last 10 competitive Super League fixtures.

The Broncos will hope to keep Warrington’s run going as their 18 man squad features the return of Daniel Heckenberg and Karl Temata.

London will be without Lee Hopkins (cracked rib) and Richard Villasanti, who will make his debut next week against Wigan. Warrington welcome back stand off Chris Bridge and will be without prop Chris Leikvoll (ankle).

Salford City Reds are one of three sides without a win in Super League XII, and they entertain the high flying Catalans, following their shock win over Leeds in round three.

The Dragons though will be without hooker Aaron Gorrell for the rest of the year after picking up a knee injury in round three.

Salford are at full strength and will look to the Lukes; Robinson and Dorn, to inspire a first win for 2007.

Leeds Rhinos welcome the pointless Huddersfield Giants to Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Sunday. Tony Smith's squad will be hoping to bounce back from their unexpected round three defeat.

Both sides are at full strength and Leeds include Great Britain stand off Danny McGuire, despite a broken finger.

Huddersfield should come back rejuvenated and fresh after a week off.

The final fixture of round four involves Wakefield travelling to the KC Stadium to face winless Hull FC.

The Wildcats are on a high after back to back victories against St. Helens and Salford, whereas Hull are still looking to find the form which helped them to reach last year’s Grand Final.

Wakefield are likely to hand debuts to off-season signings Waine Pryce and Danny Sculthorpe, following their return from injury.

Hull have no notable absentees and will look to the halfback partnership of Horne and Cooke to inspire the Black and Whites to a desperate first win in 2007.

ROUND 4 TIPs: Saints to beat Bulls by 4. Warriors to beat Hull KR by 12. Quins to beat Wolves by 6. Reds to beat Dragons by 10. Rhinos to beat Giants by 18. Hull FC to beat Wildcats by 6. - Read More, Here