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globalrugbyleague - Sat, 10 Mar 2007 09:33:00 GMT
Can't go one weekend without a fix of the English Super League? Relax, Richard Paul English is here to preview all the action from Round 5.


Wakefield Trinity Wildcats prop up the ESL table going into round five.

Huddersfield Giants and Hull FC are now the only teams without a win, and they go up against each other on Sunday.

After last weekends first half demolition of Bradford, St. Helens travel to neighbours Warrington, where they hope to continue their recent good form.

Mike Bennett and Maurie Fa’asavalu return for the Saints, and prop Chris Leikvoll is back for the Wolves.

Richie Barnett and Adrian Morley are still facing time out on the sidelines for Warrington. The Friday night televised game is a 13,000 sell out and should be closely contested.

Wigan host London as they look for their second win of Super League XII on Friday night.


Warriors’ scrum half Thomas Leuluai will play his ex team mates for the first time since leaving in the off-season.

Ex Wigan Danny Orr and Chris Melling will hope to carry on their good early season form against their previous employers.

Wigan lines up with a fully fit squad after Trent Barrett and Micky Higham have shaken off injuries.

For the Broncos, centre Tyrone Smith takes Andy Smith’s place in the 17, whilst Richard Villasanti will have to wait another week to make his debut.

All of the talk this week has been about the interest Wigan fullback Chris Ashton has been attracting from rugby union.

Three Guinness Premiership sides; Leicster, Northampton and London Irish have reportedly been watching Ashton with a view to steal the youngster from rugby league.

Warriors coach Brian Noble is keen to keep Ashton, whose contract expires at the end of 2007.

After another scalp last weekend, Hull KR hopes to upset the pundits once again as they host Leeds on Saturday.

Andreas Bauer is set to make his debut for Hull KR. The Robins are without Michael Smith and Danny Ward, who are replaced by Iain Morrison and David Tangata-Toa.

The Rhinos are at full strength and three-quarter Ashley Gibson returns to the 17.

In the battle of the bottom two, Huddersfield and Hull FC will hope for a first win at the Galpharm Stadium on Sunday.

The hosts include Paul Jackson, Paul Smith and Shane Elford in their 17, threequarter Martin Aspinwall watches from the sideline.

Hull are without Paul Cooke and Shane McMenemy through injury, Richard Whiting is left out. Sid Domic and Wayne Godwin return for Peter Sharpe’s men.

Bradford Bulls will be without hooker Terry Newton against Salford on Sunday as he picked up a two match ban for striking St. Helens second row Lee Gilmour.

Ian Henderson is set to replace Newton in the starting line-up, and Craig Kopczak takes Newton’s place in the 17.

Salford are likely to be unchanged from their first victory of Super League XII last weekend. The Reds are still without Karl Fitzpatrick, Aaron Moule, and Ian Sibbit.

The final fixture of round five involves Les Catalans travelling to table toppers Wakefield.

The Wildcats will be on a high and Ryan Atkins is included in the 17, as well as prop Danny Sculthorpe is set to make his home debut.

After recovering from knee surgery, Stacey Jones has been included in the 17 for the Dragons, but will face a late fitness test.

MY BEST ROUND FIVE TIPS: Wolves to beat Saints by 1. Warriors to beat Quins by 6. Rhinos to beat Hull KR by 12. Hull FC to beat Giants by 4. Bulls to beat Reds by 18. Wildcats to beat Dragons by 6. - Read More, Here