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Super League Super 8s Weekend Preview

Friday

Wigan Warriors vs Hull FC

Already having secured a Super 8s final four place, Wigan Warriors will look to close the gap on leaders Leeds Rhinos when Hull FC travel to the DW Stadium.

Wigan arrive back on home soil after their excursions into London which saw them crush Catalans Dragons 42-16 seeing Matty Bowen bag a brace of tries.

For Hull FC only pride is at stake with the club rooted to the bottom of the Super 8s table on 24 points with the side unable to make the final four.

Shaun Wane has stuck with the same 19-man side that beat Catalans but did hint that Anthony Gelling and Joe Burgess may feature in minor changes.

Hull FC are suffering an injury crisis which sees Lee Radford only able to name an 18-man squad rather than a 19-man team which includes no less than seven Academy players.

The Black and Whites lost Joe Westerman, Josh Bowden and Steve Michaels to season-ending injuries in their 46-10 defeat against Warrington Wolves.

In line for a possible Super League debut are Masimbaashe Matongo and Ross Osborne who are included alongside fellow Academy players Jansin Turgut, Jack Downs, Brad Fash, Jack Logan and Jordan Abdull.

Wigan Warriors by 22

Saturday

Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos

Catalan Dragons will be hoping for a win over Leeds Rhinos in their last home game of the Super 8s campaign.

The Dragons, like Hull FC, are unable to reach the latter stages of the Super 8s so places for next season are potentially up for grabs when the reigning Challenge Cup winners travel to the South of France.

The French side’s woeful away form continued last round when the side were beaten 42-16 by Wigan Warriors, whilst Leeds suffered yet another Challenge Cup hangover being beaten by St Helens by 32 points to 16.

Laurent Frayssinous will be without Louis Anderson who is suspended for the next two games following his Grade C charge of kicking out against Wigan.

For Leeds they should welcome back Zak Hardaker and Kallum Watkins back into the fold after being rested for their game against St Helens.

Leeds Rhinos by 10

Sunday

Huddersfield Giants vs Warrington Wolves

Huddersfield Giants could end the hopes of Warrington Wolves of making the last four of the Super 8s if they beat the side on Sunday at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Warrington sit in sixth place on 26 points and mathematically could still reach the top four if they win all their remaining games and results go their way.

Huddersfield head into this fixture on the back of a 40-26 win over Castleford Tigers a game which saw both Ukuma Ta’ai and Jermaine McGillvary score a brace a piece.

For Warrington they halted a three game losing run in the Super 8s with a resounding 46-16 win over bottom club Hull FC but know they must now win all their remaining games and by good points margins in order to catch St Helens and the Giants.

Paul Anderson is still without Kyle Wood and Brett Ferres but Chris Bailey should be in the mix for selection and the Head Coach has hinted at chances with Jodie Broughton, Oliver Roberts, Josh Johnson, Nathan Mason, Liam Johnson and Jared Simpson all vying for contention.

Tony Smith will welcome back talismanic forward Ashton Simms from suspension and admitted Jack Johnson will continue in the full-back spot.

Huddersfield Giants by 8

Published on September 11 2015 for Rugby AM.

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