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Super League Injury News: Title challengers suffer major blow

Rivals Round in Super League has come to an end with plenty of big games over the Easter Weekend.

The weekend started as Castleford Tigers welcomed Leeds Rhinos to the Jungle in the first Super League fixture of Rivals Round.

In the first half, Castleford Tigers reached halftime with the scores at 0-0, leaving the Rhinos frustrated heading into the interval.

However, in the second half, Castleford struggled to maintain the same tempo as in the first half. Tries from Paul Momirovski and Lachlan Miller proved to be the difference between the two sides on match day one.

Cas did get a try late in the second half, but it was too little, too late, for Lingard’s men, and the final score was 26-6.

Then as Hull KR and Hull FC met, it was another disappointing derby day result for Tony Smith’s side on Good Friday with the final score at 34-10.

Hull KR scored six tries in the first half, giving them a 28-0 lead heading into the break. This left Smith’s side with a lot to do in the second half.

Hull FC tried to get back in the game. Attempts from Okunbor and Scott in the space of three minutes gave some Hull FC belief that they could turn this around.

However, Hull FC looked flat after scoring those tries and about ten minutes before the game, Tanginoa scored the try which sealed the win once and for all.

Then the favourites collided as St Helens hosted Super League Champions Wigan Warriors. Just 20 years from that brutal game between the two sides at the old Knowsley Road. The two sides looked to go one step further and take all two points at the end of the game.

It was a nervy first half for both sets of fans. Wigan tried their best to keep the Saints out, but a penalty was awarded to the Saints midway through the first half.

Percival converted the kick to give the Saints a narrow lead heading into halftime. Wigan got themselves in front for the first time in the game, a moment of brilliance for the 2023 Man of Steel, Bevan French, who slipped the ball through and scored a crucial try for Wigan early into the second half.

But, having just come back on, Liam Bryne found himself back on the touchline a minute later after seeing red for a high tackle that proved costly for his side.

In the end, Wigan’s efforts in the first half to keep the Saints out proved costly. Attempts from Makinson and Hurrell, sealed a famous win for the Saints, who won the game 12-4 and placed them top of the league.

Then, Warrington Wolves welcomed Catalans Dragons at Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday afternoon as both sides looked to snatch top spot with a win.

It was an unbelievable start for the Dragons, scoring three tires in the first twelve minutes of the game.

However, the Wolves tried to claw it back with two tries from Musgrove and King, which got them within which of the Catalans at the end of the first half. Catalans Dragons started the second half as they did the first  with two early tries coming from Rouge and Johnstone as they looked to kill the game off in style.

Warrington got on the score sheet in the second half, but it proved to mean very little in the end as Jordan Abdull finished the game with a late try two minutes before the end to secure a 32-24 win after a second half scare.

Salford picked up two more tries at the end of the first half, giving them a 20-6 point lead heading into halftime. Leigh started the second half well, but it was Salford who got the first try in the second half, giving Leigh very little chance of getting back into the game.

However, the Leopards did get a couple of tries later on. Tries from Lachlan Lam and Hanley. But it proved to be not enough in the end, as Salford edged their rivals on Rivals Weekend with the final score of 32-22.

The last game of Rivals weekend saw Huddersfield Giants claim a comfortable win over London Broncos.

Super League Injury concerns

Harry Newman’s nasty injury

Despite reports from Sky Sports that Harry Newman had failed his Head Injury Assessment against Castleford, the Super League star passed the assessment but did wind up with a massive cut.

His teammate James Bentley will miss the game against Warrington after he failed a Head Injury Assessment and that was the same for Warrington starts Zane Musgrove and Joe Philbin.

Mark Percival picked up a head injury against Wigan and Danny Houghton suffered a rib injury against Hull KR.

Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos) – Cut
James Bentley (Leeds Rhinos) – Head
Danny Houghton (Hull FC) – Ribs
Tyrone May (Hull KR) – Knock
Mark Percival (St Helens) – Head
Zane Musgrove (Warrington Wolves) – Head
Joe Philbin (Warrington Wolves) – Head

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