Sam Kasiano injury update as Warrington coach reveals another forward suffered knock at Magic

Drew Darbyshire
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Warrington coach Daryl Powell says powerhouse prop Sam Kasiano should be able to return to the field for Saturday’s game against Huddersfield.

Former New Zealand and Samoa international Kasiano didn’t feature in Warrington’s 30-18 defeat to Hull at Magic Weekend on Sunday because of a rib injury.

Speaking after the game, Powell said: “He had a rib injury that I just decided not to risk him.

“He had an X-ray the other day, there’s no crack in there, but he was pretty heavily bruised around his ribs so he should be okay for next week.”

The Wolves could be without Joe Philbin on Saturday though, with the utility forward suffering a shoulder injury in their loss to Hull.

Powell added: “Personnel-wise, we are a little bit light which then impacts on the middle.

“Philbs came off with a shoulder injury and we’ll have to get a check on him and see how he is.

“He got an AC injury which was pretty sore so he didn’t get back on the field.

“We’ll see how he is tomorrow, he’ll be a doubt for next week I’d say, but we’ll get a check on him through the week.”

Half-back Josh Drinkwater left the field with a knock at St James’ Park, but Powell says it’s nothing to worry about.

He said: “I don’t think it’s too bad. He got a bit of an ankle injury from an awkward looking tackle.

“I just decided to make that change and put Clarky (Daryl Clark) back out there and Pete (Mata’utia) to half, so I think he’ll be alright.”

Daryl Powell: We need to get our confidence back

The Wolves have suffered four defeats in six Super League matches, but they still sit level on points with leaders Catalans at the top of the Super League table.

Powell feels his side have lost a bit of confidence from the start of the season, and wants them to find their mojo again.

Speaking after their Magic defeat, Powell said: “We are trying to piece our whole game together but we’ve lost a couple of tough games by a bigger margin that you would want.

“We never want to lose but we are conceding too many points at the moment.

“We’ve lost two games straight and they are what you would see as games you should be winning but Leigh are playing great and Hull have improved and we’re on a straight line at the moment and we’ve got to turn that line upwards.

“There are some parts to our game that aren’t great and our confidence is not quite there, so I’m concerned that it’s not quite where it needs to be but we’ve got to work together to make sure we get the confidence back and get our game to where we are happy with it with and without the ball.

“None of us are happy with it at the moment because we aren’t playing well. You have to give something the opposition as well, teams have stepped up against us and we aren’t playing as well as we were and that’s reflected in the results.”

Warrington will aim to return to winning ways on Saturday when they host Huddersfield at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, 5pm kick-off.

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