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Super League Injuries: Saints suffer double blow and Leeds lose new signing

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Round 12 is in the books and along with some huge scores and controversial cards, there has unfortunately been yet more Super League injuries.

The action didn’t get underway until Friday this week but like all good things, when it came, it came in threes. St Helens hammered Leeds Rhinos to pile the pressure on Rohan Smith, Castleford added to Hull FC’s misery with a 30-22 win whilst Ian Watson’s woes were compounded as Leigh left Huddersfield with the two points after a 16-10 win.

Those results saw St Helens led to the top of the table and Leigh make ground on the Giants, now sitting just one point behind them in ninth and with a game in hand. Leeds’ loss also means that the Leopards are just three points behind the Rhinos and five off playoffs, not bad for a side who were written off earlier this year.

As for Hull FC, their positive week off-field that saw the appointment of John Cartwright couldn’t aid their on-field performance with Castleford causing them all sorts of problems with ex-FC man Tex Hoy being at the centre of plenty.

Warrington joined Saints on 18 points after a gritty 16-8 win in the French heat over Catalans whilst Sunday saw Wigan follow suit and make it a three-way tie atop Super League. They beat Salford Red Devils 26-6, whilst Wigan’s beaten Challenge Cup opponents Hull KR got back t winning ways with a thumping 64-14 win over London Broncos.

Plenty of points but concerningly there seem to be more Super League injuries as well.

Round 12 Super League Injuries Rundown

The most prevalent issue equating to Super League injuries and time off this season has been failed Head Injury Assessments and that was the case again this weekend with three men exiting on account of them.

For Alrix Da Costa of Catalans, he only managed minutes on the field before having to exit. He missed almost the full 80 minutes and will also be absent next week now as he undergoes the return-to-play protocols.

The same will happen for London’s Ethan Natoli and Leeds Rhinos loanee Matty Russell who had to leave the field early on debut for the club. He was also holding his knee as he was treated by the medics which could be a further problem down the line.

That game also saw St Helens suffer two injuries with Jonny Lomax leaving the field with a hand injury whilst Joe Batchelor suffered a nasty-looking ankle injury after what some argued was a hip drop tackle from Luis Roberts.

Sky pundits Jon Wilkin and Danika Priim rubbished those claims but that will be of no solace to Saints and Batchelor who may face a spell on the sidelines.

Catalans were the main team to suffer though as Steve McNamara confirmed that alongside Alrix Da Costa, the club lost Mike McMeeken in the warmup and then Bayley Sironen and Arthur Romano during the game.

There were plenty of other knocks including to the likes of Herman Ese’ese, Edwin Ipape and Ben Reynolds but all three continued and hopefully won’t be added to the Super League injuries list.

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