Round seven is upon us in the Super League with three games on Saturday and three on Sunday. But, just how will each game pan out?
Salford v Wigan
The Red Devils have lost their last three games, including a 28-0 defeat to St Helens on Monday. The Warriors’ 30-16 win over Leigh, meanwhile, means they remain unbeaten in the league, just behind Saints at the top of the table on points difference.
There’s four changes for the Red Devils, with Kevin Brown (lower limb), Matty Costello (shoulder), Andy Ackers (head) and Dan Sarginson (suspended) all dropping out. Joe Burgess could be in line for his Salford debut after recovering from an ankle injury, while Jack Wells, Elliot Kear and Dec Patton all return. The Warriors are unchanged from Monday’s victory over Leigh. Morgan Smithies keeps his place despite a minor ankle issue, while youngsters Kai Pearce-Paul, Sam Halsall and Umyla Hanley remain among the 21. Wigan still don’t look the finished product, and they will have to watch out for a dangerous Salford side here.
Wigan by 12
Warrington v Castleford
The Wolves will be hoping to impress their fans significantly more than they did on Monday, when they marked the return of supporters to their home ground with a 26-20 loss to Huddersfield. The Tigers also suffered defeat as spectators returned to The Jungle, conceding a late Jordan Abdull try to lose 26-22 to Hull KR.
Greg Inglis is ruled out with a hamstring problem, with captain Jack Hughes returning from suspension in his place. There’s one other change, with young forward Jacob Gannon earning his first call up to the 21 in place of Sitaleki Akauola. Prop Suaia Matagi is set to make his Tigers debut after recovering from a calf problem that has kept him out so far this season. He is one of two changes made by Daryl Powell, with Greg Eden also returning from a hamstring injury, as Gareth O’Brien and Sam Hall drop out. Castleford will be hoping to avenge their poor defeat to Hull KR and could well inflict a second loss in as many games for Warrington.
Castleford by 6
Catalans v St Helens
The Dragons have gone quietly about their business so far in 2021, flying somewhat under the radar to earn five wins from their first six games. Saints are one of only two teams in better form, having gone unbeaten in all competitions, including a 28-0 win over Salford on Monday in front of their returning fans.
Gil Dudson returns from suspension in place of Jason Baitieri. Paul Seguier (knee), Matt Whitley (neck) and Arthur Romano (knee) are all still out injured, meaning youngsters Matthieu Laguerre, Joe Chan and Jordan Dezaria remain in contention. Kristian Woolf names an unchanged squad to travel to Perpignan. Morgan Knowles keeps his place after returning from a thumb injury on Monday, while youngsters Lewis Dodd, Josh Simm and Dan Norman are also included. Catalans may be going well, but St Helens look a cut above the rest of the league at present.
St Helens by 18
Leigh v Huddersfield
The Centurions remain in search of their first win, having fallen to a seventh defeat in all competitions against Wigan on Monday in front of their returning home fans, losing 30-16. A number of Giants fans will be in attendance on Sunday, as they cross the Pennines to cheer on their team for the first time in over 14 months.
Leigh make two changes, with off-season Australian signing Brendan Elliot in contention to make his Super League debut after recovering from a knee injury. Also recalled is Adam Sidlow, with Alex Gerrard and Nathan Mason (finger) dropping out. The Giants are unchanged after last week’s surprise victory at Warrington which will likely mean halves Lee Gaskell, Jack Cogger and Aidan Sezer will all start in the spine. Leigh may have pushed Wigan close last week, but Huddersfield were seriously impressive against Warrington.
Huddersfield by 12
Wakefield v Hull KR
Trinity are still win-less in 2021 but came as close as they have all season on Monday, pushing Leeds all the way before losing out to a golden point penalty goal. Rovers, meanwhile, picked up their third victory of the season against Castleford, with Jordan Abdull’s late try spoiling the returning Tigers’ fans’ party to claim a 26-22 victory.
Captain Jacob Miller is back for Trinity after missing the last few weeks with a knee injury. He is one of three changes made by Chris Chester with Bill Tupou included alongside Yusuf Aydin, who returns following a loan spell at York. They replace Kyle Wood, Innes Senior and Jordy Crowther (foot). Tony Smith names a 20-man squad, with George King unavailable after picking up a hip injury against Castleford. Korbin Sims keeps his place despite being taken off twice in that game. Trinity may be getting closer to a win, but KR looked the real deal against Castleford.
Hull KR by 10
Leeds v Hull FC
The Rhinos snatched a much-needed win against Wakefield last Friday, with Luke Gale’s golden point penalty goal securing only their second victory of the season. Richard Agar’s side also have the advantage of extra preparation, having had an extra three days’ rest on the Black and Whites. FC are in the better form, though, with three league wins and two Challenge Cup scalps to their name despite a 27-10 loss to Catalans on Monday.
Leeds are handed a boost by the return of forward Zane Tetevano and utility back Richie Myler from suspension. They replace Kyle Eastmond, who announced his retirement earlier this week, and Corey Hall. Brett Hodgson make just one change, with Ben McNamara returning in place of Mitieli Vulikijapani, who has joined Bradford Bulls on a two-week loan. Leeds were still really poor against Wakefield and Hull will want to take advantage of that.
Hull by 20