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Super League Injuries: Warrington Wolves triple blow and Hull FC star a derby doubt

Super League Injuries

In a brilliant round of action that saw four games settled by two points or less, there has sadly been a spate of Super League injuries.

Super League action returned following the brief but much-maligned international break and fans were reminded of exactly what they had missed with five of the six games being competitive affairs, with two of those incredibly going to golden point.

The sole game that wasn’t competitive, Warrington’s 48-0 victory over Huddersfield Giants was ironically Sky Sports’ featured game on Friday night but there was still plenty of skill on display as Sam Burgess’ side rant riot.

Injury fall-out from the international break was major for Castleford Tigers as it saw star signing Sam Wood confirmed as out for the remainder of the season, but Round 16’s six games have seen even more Super League injuries with several sides suffering double and triple blows.

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A triple-header on Friday night kicked off the return of Super League and as referenced, Warrington Wolves humiliated Huddersfield Giants in a 48-0 win at The Halliwell Jones Stadium as eight different try-scorers got in on the action.

The fallout from that game has been considerable with Ian Watson lamenting his side’s lack of quality as well as suggesting that players are not currently working hard enough to bridge the quality gap.

There was a quality gap as Wigan Warriors defeated Leigh Leopards 24-6 that night with the gap mainly owing to the fact that one side had Bevan French and the other did not. The reigning Man of Steel put on another incredible display to help Matt Peet’s side extend their lead atop the table, but he didn’t grab all the headlines as Liam Marshall put down a try-of-the-year contender.

Meanwhile, there was an upset of the year contender at The Totally Wicked Stadium as 9/1 underdogs Castleford Tigers beat St Helens, reversing a 60-4 loss from just six weeks ago and piling the pressure on Paul Wellens.

It looked like Cas’ incredible win was to be outdone within 24 hours as London Broncos almost held on to beat Leeds Rhinos before eventually falling in golden point, Brodie Croft being the Rhinos’ saviour once again.

On a day where England progressed into the Euro semi-finals on penalties, the drama in Super League continued as Catalans Dragons edged Hull KR 15-14 in golden point to prevent the Robins from going second in the competition.

Sunday’s action was KR’s rivals Hull FC narrowly lose to Salford Red Devils despite scoring one try more than their opponents, Man of Steel frontrunner Marc Sneyd’s boot proving the difference once again. Rowley did confirm post match that star centres Lafai and Macdonald, who both missed out, look set to be out for several weeks in a major blow.

Drama-packed but also injury-laden, the six games have seen plenty of major names added to the Super League injuries list.

Super League Injuries: Warrington Wolves’ “costly” win and Hull FC lose two veterans

A close-up as Hull FC captain Danny Houghton grimaces Super League Injuries

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Heading the Super League injuries list this week would be the fact that Warrington Wolves saw three key players added to their growing tally of sidelined stars. NRL recruit Lachlan Fitzgibbon had to leave the field early due to a shoulder injury.

Meanwhile, outside backs Toby King and Connor Wrench both also exited with Sam Burgess confirming that both men would need to undergo scans but that neither looked promising.

Huddersfield Giants saw two men fail HIAs during that game which saw the 18th man triggered from the bench but the Giants will be without Seb Ikahihifo and Thomas Deakin next week against Leigh Leopards. Ian Watson had also confirmed that a stomach bug had hindered his side with one player still in hospital.

Leigh could be without both Tom Amone and Robbie Mulhern who both had to undergo Head Injury Assessments of their own, Amone having just returned from one that he sustained against Leeds Rhinos.

One man who was confirmed to fail one and will join the list of Super League injuries is Hull KR’s Sam Luckley meaning that he will miss the derby, something that is also expected for both Danny Houghton and Ligi Sao after they left the field in the first-half against Salford.

Round 16 Super League Injuries

– Seb Ikahihifo – Failed HIA
– Lachlan Fitzgibbon – Shoulder
– Robbie Mulhern – HIA
– Connor Wrench – Knee
– Thomas Deakin – Failed HIA
– Toby King – Hamstring
– Tom Amone – HIA
– Sam Luckley Failed HIA
– Danny Houghton – Calf
– Ligi Sao – Rib

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