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Super League Super 8s Friday & Saturday Preview

Friday

Hull FC vs Huddersfield Giants

Huddersfield Giants will be looking to cement their third place finish when they travel to the KC Stadium to take on Hull FC on Friday night.

The Giants have a superior points difference over St Helens in fourth and will be looking for the two points when they take on the injury-hit Hull.

Lee Radford will be hoping for another performance like the one against Wigan Warriors last time out, albeit a different outcome, the game ended in a 30-24 loss but the fact his side had a contingent of Academy players showed his youngsters are ready for the test of Super League.

Hull FC have Leon Pryce, Kirk Yeaman, Jordan Thompson and Josh Bowden at their disposal once again after injury. The news will be a boost to the side who had just 15 players report for training earlier in the week.

Jamie Shaul has picked up a hamstring injury which may curtail his season and there is no place in the squad for Tom Lineham and Ross Osborne.

Huddersfield Giants Head Coach Paul Anderson has made just the solitary change to his 19-man squad with veteran forward Eorl Crabtree replaced by Nathan Mason.

Huddersfield Giants by 14

St Helens vs Wigan Warriors

In what is the clash of the round Wigan Warriors travel to Langtree Park to take on St Helens as they look to climb to the summit of the table.

The Warriors capitalised on Leeds’s defeat in the South of France by overcoming Hull FC 30-24 but were made to work hard for the win.

St Helens come into this game having recorded back-to-back wins over Leeds Rhinos and more recently Castleford Tigers. A win for the Saints could see them move above Huddersfield if they fail to beat Hull FC on the same night.

Keiron Cunningham has been forced into a change with Alex Walmsley missing out with an ankle injury and is replaced in the squad by Atelea Vea.

Shaun Wane makes two changes for this Super 8s derby with Taulima Tautai banned for three matches after being found guilty of a Grade D charge – his season could be over but if they reach the Grand Final he will be available. The other change sees Dom Manfredi miss out with the duo being replaced by Connor Farrell and Ryan Hampshire.

Wigan Warriors by 8

Saturday

Warrington Wolves vs Catalans Dragons

It’s sixth versus seventh when Warrington Wolves host Catalans Dragons at the Halliwell Jones Stadium with only pride at stake.

The teams both recorded a win and a loss when the two sides took to the field in the regular Super League season but a win for Catalans would see them leapfrog their opponents.

Tony Smith will be hoping for a much improved performance from his side after they were convincingly beaten 48-10 last time out against Huddersfield Giants – a game which Jermaine McGillvary scored four times.

In their last home game of the season the Wolves will likely give a final home game to a number of departing players the likes of Joel Monagham, Gareth O’Brien and Roy Asotasi who all were revealed as leaving the club during the week.

Zeb Taia is a doubt for this fixture after limping off in their impressive win over Leeds Rhinos and Laurent Frayssinous is still without the suspended Ben Pomeroy and Louis Anderson.

Vincent Duport, Michael Oldfield, Remi Casty, Fouad Yaha and Thibaut Margalet are all still on the sidelines through injury.

Catalans Dragons by 10

Published on September 18 2015 for Rugby AM.

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