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Hull FC vs Hull Kingston Rovers

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Hull FC host their cross-city rivals Hull Kingston Rovers at the KCOM Stadium on Thursday looking to address a two-game losing slump.

The Black and Whites have dropped to second in the Super League table after losses against Huddersfield Giants and Leeds Rhinos.

Hull hosted the reigning Champions on a night when their opponents gave a debut to new signing James Segeyaro and established a healthy 13-4 lead at half-time after Carlos Tuimavave and Kirk Yeaman crossed for tries with Marc Sneyd kicking a drop-goal.

But at the start of the second-half Joel Moon immediately pegged Hull back with a try in the 49thminute. Sneyd added a further penalty but two tries in a three minute spell from Kallum Watkins saw the momentum swing well and truly in the Rhinos favour. Their win was sealed on the hooter when Liam Sutcliffe added a penalty and a full-time score 20-15.

That sees Hull KR come into the fierce derby clash the form team having picked up a draw against Warrington Wolves before beating Huddersfield Giants 20-19 in round 21.

The Robins came from 19-6 down to consign the Giants to the Qualifiers with Ben Cockayne’s penalty late on the difference between the sides.

Team News

Lee Radford is again without Frank Pritchard due to an ankle injury but Gareth Ellis is named in the squad having missed the last two games through illness. Elsewhere Mark Minichiello and Liam Watts are named in the 19-man squad despite coming off in their defeat to Leeds and both are expected to play.

One man who won’t feature however is Carlos Tuimavave who is set for a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury of which the full extent isn’t yet known. Taking his place in the side is Jordan Abdull who impressed for the club’s under-23s’ side beating Keighley Cougars Reserves 72-10 last weekend.

James Webster has named a strong derby squad and welcomes back both James Greenwood and Kieran Dixon to the team. The head coach will give Greenwood, Maurice Blair, James Donaldson and Graeme Horne as long as possible to prove their fitness after they all missed their win over Huddersfield.

French internationals Kevin Larroyer and John Boudebza are the players to miss out as Rovers look to keep their slim hopes of a top-eight finish alive.

Hull FC: Jamie Shaul, Mahe Fonua, Fetuli Talanoa, Leon Pryce, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Liam Watts, Gareth Ellis, Mark Minichiello, Jordan Abdull, Jordan Thompson, Dean Hadley, Steve Michaels, Sika Manu, Josh Bowden, Kirk Yeaman, Jack Downs, Danny Washbrook

Hull Kingston Rovers: Mitch Allgood, Maurice Blair, Chris Clarkson, Ben Cockayne, Kieran Dixon, James Donaldson, James Greenwood, Graeme Horne, Albert Kelly, George Lawler, Shaun Lunt, Matty Marsh, Thomas Minns, Robbie Mulhern, Ken Sio, David Thompson, Iain Thornley, Dane Tilse, Adam Walker

Published on July 14 2016 for Rugby AM.

Leeds Rhinos vs Wigan Warriors

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Wigan are looking to make it nine wins on the spin when they travel to Headingley to take on Leeds Rhinos.

Incidentally this run of form started when the Warriors beat their opponents 40-8 back in May at St James’ Park and the club have brushed past half of the competition in recent weeks seeing them rise to the top of Super League.

Historically Wigan have the upper hand over the Rhinos having won 36 of the 66 games played between the two powerhouses of rugby. However the Rhinos come into this clash on the back of beating Hull FC 20-15 at the KCOM Stadium.

Having given a debut to new signing James Segeyaro, Leeds found themselves 13-4 down at half-time after Carlos Tuimavave and Kirk Yeaman crossed for tries with Marc Sneyd kicking a drop-goal.

But at the start of the second-half Joel Moon immediately pegged Hull back with a try in the 49thminute. Sneyd added a further penalty but two tries in a three minute spell from Kallum Watkins saw the momentum swing well and truly in the Rhinos favour. Their win was sealed on the hooter when Liam Sutcliffe added a penalty and a full-time score 20-15.

Team News

Leeds have been boosted by the return of Tom Briscoe with the England winger set to make his first appearance since Easter Monday. After a torrid run of injuries which has seen the former Hull FC man muster up four appearances he is now fully fit.

Ashton Golding is another name returning to the fray but Danny McGuire and Brett Ferres remain sidelined with foot injuries.

Wigan have named new signing Frank-Paul Nuuausala in their 19-man squad with the forward expected to make his debut. Shaun Wane has hailed the signing of the 29-year-old, who joined the club from Canberra Raiders, saying: “He’s a very high-quality middle player. He’s won some big games with the Roosters and played for his country many times.”

Lee Mossop also returns to the Warriors side after serving his one-match suspension and whilst one returns from a ban another drops out. Captain Sean O’Loughlin was handed a one-match ban midweek with the leniency of the outcome angering many in the rugby league world.

Leeds Rhinos: Tom Briscoe, Kallum Watkins, Joel Moon, Ryan Hall, Rob Burrow, Keith Galloway, Adam Cuthbertson, James Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett, Liam Sutcliffe, Brett Delaney, Brad Singleton, Mitch Garbutt, Jimmy Keinhorst, Ash Handley, Ashton Golding, Jordan Lilley, James Segeyaro.

Wigan Warriors: Joe Bretherton, Josh Charnley, Ben Flower, Oliver Gildart, Jack Higginson, Willie Isa, Dom Manfredi, Lee Mossop, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Jake Shorrocks, Matty Smith, Kyle Shelford, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Lewis Tierney, Sam Tomkins, George Williams.

Prediction: Wigan Warriors by 8

Published on July 14 2016 for Rugby AM.

Widnes Vikings vs Salford Red Devils

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Salford will be keen to end the regular Super League season in some form and travel to the Select Security Stadium on Friday to take on Widnes Vikings.

The Red Devils, will have to fight for their Super League status in the Middle 8s after failing to make the top-eight grade. Their status in the bottom four of the competition was confirmed last weekend when Warrington beat the club 40-14 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

The result furthered dampened the mood around the Red Devils camp as hours earlier they learned that their appeal to overturn the six-point deduction for a salary-cap breach had been upheld. Wire ran in seven tries in the rout including braces for centre Ryan Atkins and forward Joe Westerman.

Their opponents Widnes failed to back up their 23-22 win over Leeds Rhinos succumbing to a narrow 12-10 loss at Langtree Park to St Helens.

Mark Percival’s late penalty was enough to separate the sides and ensure Saints took all two points in a tight contest which saw both teams score two tries.

Team News

Denis Betts has made just the one change to the side that was edged out last round bringing hooker Aaron Heremaia back into the mix in favour of Gil Dudson.

Salford have Justin Carney back at their disposal as he looks to improve his try tally of eight. Also coming back is Olsi Krasniqi with the duo replacing Adam Walne and Ryan Lannon.

Widnes Vikings: Pat Ah Van, Kevin Brown, Greg Burke, Jack Buchanan, Hep Cahill, Jay Chapelhow, Chris Dean, Connor Farrell, Rhys Hanbury, Aaron Heremaia, Chris Houston, Macgraff Leuluai, Manase Manuokafoa, Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor, Charly Runciman, Corey Thompson, Lloyd White, Matt Whitley

Salford Red Devils: Niall Evalds, Justin Carney, Josh Griffin, Junior Sa’u, Rob Lui, Michael Dobson, Craig Kopczak, George Griffin, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Weller Hauraki, Mark Flanagan, Gareth O’Brien, Olsi Krasniqi, Greg Johnson, Logan Tomkins, Jordan Walne, Mason Caton-Brown, Josh Jones, Sean Kenny

Prediction: Salford Red Devils by 10

Published on July 14 2016 for Rugby AM.

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