Squad watch: Super League Round 24 squad news, including TV coverage & predictions

Drew Darbyshire
Squad watch graphic Super League

It’s Round 24 of Super League action this weekend, with two games being shown live on Sky Sports from Wigan and Warrington.

Hull Kingston Rovers v Catalans Dragons (Friday, 8pm)

Tom Johnstone Catalans Dragons Super League Alamy Tom Johnstone in action Catalans Dragons

Hull KR coach Willie Peters has named an unchanged 21-man squad from last week’s thrilling 52-10 win over Leigh.

Meanwhile, Steve McNamara has made two changes to his Catalans side that lost 34-0 to Wigan last time out. Tom Johnstone and Siosiua Taukeiaho are replaced by Matthieu Laguerre and Jordan Dezaria.

Hull KR: Ryan, Opacic, Kenny-Dowall, Hall, Parcell, King, Linnett, Minchella, Litten, Kennedy, Batchelor, Storton, Keinhorst, Lewis, Milnes, Hadley, Senior, Luckley, Aydin, Walker, Schneider.

Catalans: Mourgue, Davies, Keighran, Laguerre, Yaha, May, Pearce, McMeeken, McIlorum, Bousquet, Whitley, Seguier, Garcia, Da Costa, Goudemand, Navarrete, Chan, Romano, Dezaria, Ma’u, Tomkins.

Prediction: Tough game to call, this. Hull KR enjoyed a fine win this week whilst Catalans will be wanting to bounce back this week. I’ll go with the Dragons by 8.

Leigh Leopards v Huddersfield Giants (Friday, 8pm)

Frankie Halton Ireland Alamy Frankie Halton in action for Ireland at last year’s World Cup

Leigh could welcome back versatile forward Frankie Halton following a three-month lay-off with a torn pectoral muscle.

The Ireland international, who played in last year’s World Cup, suffered the injury on his Leigh debut in a 30-12 win over Warrington on May 26.

However, the Leopards will be without half-back Ben Reynolds for Friday’s clash with Huddersfield.

Giants boss Ian Watson has made one change to his side that beat Leeds 21-12 on Sunday, with Harvey Livett replacing injured half-back Olly Russell.

Leigh: Hardaker, Briscoe, Chamberlain, Charnley, Mellor, Lam, Amone, Ipape, Mulhern, Wardle, Hughes, Asiata, Nakubuwai, O’Brien, Davis, O’Donnell, Seumanufagai, Halton, Gildart.

Huddersfield: Connor, Marsters, Naiqama, Bibby, Lolohea, Fages, Hill, Peats, Greenwood, McQueen, Yates, English, Ikahihifo, Wilson, Cudjoe, Livett, Halsall, Ashworth, Hewitt, Pryce, Milner.

Prediction: After tasting two defeats since their Wembley heroics, Leigh will be wanting to return to winning ways – but they come up against a Huddersfield side who want to make the play-offs. I’ll go with the Leopards by 10.

Wigan Warriors v Salford Red Devils (Friday, 8pm, Sky Sports Action)

Kallum Watkins Salford Red Devils Alamy Kallum Watkins in action for Salford Red Devils

Wigan will be without key prop Tyler Dupree for their clash with Salford after the England international failed a head injury assessment in their win over Catalans. He is replaced by youngster Harvey Makin.

Kallum Watkins has been included in Salford’s 21-man squad. He sustained a knee injury in last week’s 20-0 win over Wakefield, with coach Paul Rowley saying after the game he would go for scans – but he has been named this week.

Wigan: Field, French, King, Wardle, Marshall, Cust, Smith, Powell, Byrne, Farrell, Smithies, Ellis, Pearce-Paul, Shorrocks, Mago, O’Neill, Miski, Hill, Nsemba, Hampshire, Makin.

Salford: Brierley, Sio, Watkins, Lafai, Burgess, Croft, Sneyd, Ormondroyd, Ackers, Vuniyayawa, Dixon, Stone, Partington, Atkin, Addy, Sidlow, Bourouh, Williams, Hellewell, Cross, Singleton.

Prediction: Salford will want to keep up their winning momentum as they target the play-offs but Wigan put in their best performance of the season last weekend. I’ll tip the Warriors by 10.

Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos (Saturday, 3pm)

Tex Hoy Hull FC Alamy Hull FC full-back Tex Hoy

Hull FC coach Tony smith has made three changes to his side that lost to Warrington last week. Jake Trueman (Achilles), Darnell McIntosh (hand) and Davy Litten (back) drop out.

The trio are replaced by Tex Hoy, who has recovered from a hamstring injury, Danny Houghton and 17-year-old academy product Cobie Wainhouse.

Leeds boss Rohan Smith is likely to welcome back winger David Fusitu’a and back-rower James McDonnell back to the fold this week.

Half-back Aidan Sezer has been ruled out with concussion, meaning Jack Sinfield could feature in the halves.

Hull: Hoy, Swift, Sutcliffe, Clifford, Houghton, Satae, Savelio, Lane, Fash, Lovodua, Cator, Scott, Brown, Barron, Gardiner, Shaul, Taylor, Staveley, Dwyer, Jebson, Wainhouse.

Leeds: Fusitu’a, Newman, Macdonald, Handley, Oledzki, Martin, Smith, O’Connor, Lisone, Olpherts, Holroyd, McDonnell, Gannon, Hooley, Walters, Tindall, Roberts, Donaldson, Sinfield, Ruan, Edgell.

Prediction: A very tough one to call, with both teams showing inconsistency this year. I’ll go with home advantage, Hull by 4.

Warrington Wolves v Castleford Tigers (Saturday, 3pm, Sky Sports Action)

Liam Horne Castleford Tigers Alamy Papua New Guinea international Liam Horne in action for Castleford Tigers

Warrington interim head coach Gary Chambers has made just one change to his squad that won at Hull last time out. Wales international Gil Dudson replaces Greg Minikin, whilst prop Joe Bullock has been sidelined for around a month with an ankle injury.

Meanwhile, Danny Ward has made three changes to Castleford’s squad following last week’s loss to St Helens. Liam Horne and Liam Watts are suspended whilst Will Tate misses out through injury.

The trio are replaced by Jacob Hookem, Muizz Mustapha and Jason Qareqare.

Warrington: Ashton, Clark, Crowther, Currie, Drinkwater, Dudson, Dufty, Harrison, Hayes, Kasiano, Mata’utia, Mikaele, Nicholson, Philbin, Ratchford, Thewlis, Thomas, Vaughan, Walker, Williams, Wrench.

Castleford: Eden, Turner, Widdop, Miller, Lawler, Griffin, Edwards, Mellor, Westerman, Mustapha, Matagi, Martin, Wallis, Hall, Hookem, Qareqare, Johnstone, Foster, Tsikrikas, Tasipale, Austin.

Prediction: It’s a must-win for both sides really, Warrington need to win to strengthen their play-off hopes, whilst Castleford are fighting for survival. I just think the hosts will be too strong, I’m tipping Warrington by 10.

Wakefield Trinity v St Helens (Sunday, 3pm)

Konrad Hurrell St Helens Alamy Konrad Hurrell in action for St Helens

Wakefield coach Mark Applegarth has made three changes to his squad that lost to Salford Red Devils last week. Trinity are without Max Jowitt, Reece Lyne and Jai Whitbread this week, with Lee Kershaw, Harry Bowes and Hugo Salabio coming in.

Meanwhile, St Helens will be bolstered by the returns of key duo Konrad Hurrell and Matty Lees. Tongan centre Hurrell has missed Saints’ last four games with a calf injury whilst England prop Lees has completed serving his two-match ban.

Wakefield: Lineham, Lino, Battye, Hood, Ashurst, Pitts, Kay, Bowden, Atoni, Kershaw, Proctor, Bowes, Eseh, Dagger, Senior, Gale, Croft, Fifita, Franco, Salabio, Griffin.

St Helens: Welsby, Makinson, Percival, Bennison, Lomax, Dodd, Roby, Lees, Mata’utia, Batchelor, Knowles, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Bell, Norman, Davies, Royle, Hurrell, Baxter, Ritson, Delaney, Mbye.

Prediction: Every game is a must-win for Wakefield now but they are facing the champions on Sunday. Saints have won their last five and I think they’ll make it six this weekend, Saints by 14.

READ NEXT: Top try, goal, points scorers in Super League, Championship, League 1