Casualty Ward: Wigan prop to have scans, St Helens ace fails HIA, update on Warrington duo

Drew Darbyshire
Sam Kasiano, Liam Byrne, George Delaney, Casualty Ward

Sam Kasiano (Warrington), Liam Byrne (Wigan) and George Delaney (St Helens) feature in this week's Casualty Ward

Keep up to date with the latest injury news in Casualty Ward, this week featuring Wigan, St Helens, Warrington, Castleford and Leeds.

Wigan prop to have scans

Wigan Warriors coach Matt Peet has confirmed prop Liam Byrne will go for scans on his hamstring after leaving the action early in their 50-0 win over Leeds Rhinos.

The Ireland powerhouse left the field in the 15th minute at Headingley on Saturday.

Speaking to Wigan Today after the game, Peet said: “He’s going to need a scan. There’s no point me saying more than that, hopefully it’s positive, fingers crossed.

“Every team will have this in the next few weeks, losing a few players through injuries and suspensions. That’s why you have a squad that trains together all year. Our 18 to 21 was very strong today.

“We’ll deal with it. I hope Liam is alright, he’s been playing really well. Everyone wants their best front-rowers at the end of the year.”

St Helens packman sidelined

St Helens will be without promising front-rower George Delaney for Friday’s clash with Warrington Wolves.

The 19-year-old failed a head injury assessment in their win over Leigh Leopards on Friday, meaning the return to play concussion protocol rules him out of this week.

However, the Saints will be able to welcome back prop Dan Norman against Warrington. The Ireland international didn’t play against Leigh after failing a HIA in their win at Wakefield the week previous, so if he’ll be able to play this weekend as long as he has passed his return to play protocols.

Chambers provides update on Warrington duo

Warrington Wolves interim coach Gary Chambers provided an update on Joe Philbin and Sam Kasiano following their golden point defeat at Salford Red Devils.

Versatile forward Philbin was absent for Sunday’s clash after withdrawing from the side with a hamstring niggle in captain’s run.

Meanwhile, powerhouse prop Kasiano was taken ill in the changing rooms at half-time at the Salford Stadium and didn’t return to the action. Speaking to Warrington Guardian the game, Chambers said both players will be assessed further heading into Friday’s game against St Helens.

Castleford dealt blow to key man

Castleford Tigers forward Joe Westerman was taken to hospital with a hand injury following their crucial win over Hull FC on Friday night.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Castleford coach Danny Ward said: “It was a big loss for us when he went off. Joe was having a fantastic game and we had to shuffle people around. Hopefully we will get an answer on the injury tonight.”

In addition, Kenny Edwards left the field for a head injury assessment and didn’t come back on, but the sub got changed to a regular interchange, which indicates that he passed his HIA.

Ward will likely clarify this in his weekly press conference prior to Friday’s trip to Wigan Warriors.

Leeds Rhinos star passes HIA

Leeds Rhinos forward Cameron Smith left the action on the hour mark for a head injury assessment in their 50-0 thumping by Wigan Warriors on Saturday.

It’s good news for the Rhinos though, with the influential loose forward passing his HIA, meaning he will be available to face Catalans Dragons on Saturday.

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