Super League briefing

  • Last Updated: April 1 2013, 14:36 BST

Team news and statistics ahead of Easter Monday's action in Super League.

Damien Blanch: Back for Catalan Dragons against Leeds
Damien Blanch: Back for Catalan Dragons against Leeds

Bradford (6) v Salford (13)
Bradford bring in back rower James Donaldson for Chev Walker, who picked up a couple of knocks in the draw at Leeds, while Adam O'Brien and Jobe Murphy are also set for run-outs in a game that marks the 100th appearance of Elliott Whitehead.

Salford prop Lee Jewitt is set to return from a two-match injury absence while back rower Adam Walne has been recalled from his loan spell at Oldham and Edwin Okanga-Ajwang is poised to make his Super League debut in place of centre Ashley Gibson, who damaged a hamstring in the win over Huddersfield.

Last season: Salford 20 Bradford 20, Bradford 18 Salford 38.

Last six league matches: Bradford L W D W L D; Salford W L D L L W.

Top tryscorers: Brett Kearney (Bradford) 9; Ashley Gibson (Salford) 5.

Top goalscorers: Jamie Foster (Bradford) 31; Marc Sneyd (Salford) 14.

Catalan Dragons (2) v Leeds (8)
Catalan's Tongan prop Lopini Paea is set to make his first appearance of the season after recovering from knee surgery and coach Laurent Frayssinous recalls forwards Gregory Mounis and Jamal Fakir and winger Damien Blanch, who all sat out the win at London.

Leeds prop Brad Singleton is set to make his first appearance of the season after being recalled from Hunslet following the loss of Kylie Leuluai with a groin strain. Chris Clarkson and Paul McShane are hoping for a recall.

Last season: Catalan 38 Leeds 34, Leeds 34 Catalan 18.

Last six league matches: Catalan D W L W W W; Leeds L W W L W D.

Top tryscorers: Damien Blanch and Zeb Taia (Catalan) 6; Ryan Hall (Leeds) 5.

Top goalscorers: Thomas Bosc (Catalan) 35; Kevin Sinfield (Leeds) 27.

Huddersfield (3) v Widnes (10)
Huddersfield back rower Michael Lawrence makes his comeback from an ankle injury and coach Paul Anderson includes Luke George, Larne Patrick, Ukuma Ta'ai, Jamie Cording and Matty Dawson in his initial squad. Former

Widnes forward Anthony Mullally makes way, along with Stuart Fielden, Jacob Fairbank and debutant Peter Aspinall.Widnes coach Denis Betts swaps his entire front row and brings in youngsters Adam Lawton, Grant Gore and Tom Gilmore, who have two Super League appearances between them. Ben Kavanagh, Phil Joseph, Macgraff Leuluai and Ben Davies are among the additions.

Last season: Widnes 26 Huddersfield 22, Huddersfield 66 Widnes 6.

Last six league matches: Huddersfield W L W W L L; Widnes L W D L L W.

Top tryscorers: Shaun Lunt and Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield) 6; Patrick Ah Van (Widnes) 5.

Top goalscorers: Danny Brough (Huddersfield) 29; Patrick Ah Van (Widnes) 13.

Hull KR (7) v Wigan (1)
Hull KR are set to give a debut to teenage scrum-half Matty Beharrell in the absence of regular half-back pair Michael Dobson and Travis Burns while winger Omari Caro is poised for a recall, along with forwards Jordan Cox and Richard Beaumont.

Wigan coach Shaun Wane keeps changes to a minimum, with the introduction of prop Tom Spencer for his first appearance of the season the only likely change to the side that beat St Helens. Blake Green returns to his old club for the first time since his move to the DW Stadium.

Last season: Hull KR 36 Wigan 42, Wigan 36 Hull KR 22.

Last six league matches: Hull KR L W W L W W; Wigan W W W L W W.

Top try scorers: David Hodgson (Hull KR) 8; Josh Charnley (Wigan) 10.

Top goalscorers: Michael Dobson (Hull KR) 29; Pat Richards (Wigan) 36.

St Helens (5) v Castleford (14)
St Helens have stand-off Lance Hohaia and prop Josh Perry back from injury while forwards Willie Manu and Anthony Walker are left out of the side that lost at Wigan. Hooker Stuart Howarth is set to make his home debut.

Castleford coach Ian Millward is set to hand a debut to 20-year-old second rower Charlie Martin while prop Steve Nash is included in his 19-man squad for the first time this season. Dan Fleming, James Clare and Adam Milner are also recalled, with Richard Owen, Jamie Ellis, Lee Gilmour and Grant Millington dropping out.

Last season: St Helens 44 Castleford 12, Castleford 12 St Helens 18.

Last six league matches: St Helens W L W W W L; Castleford D L L L L L.

Top tryscorers: Francis Meli (St Helens) 8; Kirk Dixon and Jake Webster (Castleford) 4.

Top goalscorers: Jonny Lomax (St Helens) 11; Jamie Ellis (Castleford) 18.

Wakefield (9) v Hull (11)
Wakefield coach Richard Agar is planning to keep changes to a minimum, with stand-off Paul Sykes expected to continue after sustaining a cut head in the win at Castleford. Prop Andy Raleigh and half-back or hooker Kyle Wood are expected to return after sitting out the Good Friday game.

Hull hope to have prop Andy Lynch back after missing the Good Friday derby defeat through illness but influential Australians Daniel Holdsworth and Shannon McDonnell are among eight players still sidelined through injury or unavailability.

Last season: Wakefield 32 Hull 30, Hull 14 Wakefield 10.

Last six league matches: Wakefield W L L D L W; Hull L L W L D L.

Top tryscorers: Ben Cockayne (Wakefield) 8; Joe Arundel (Hull) 4.

Top goalscorers: Paul Sykes (Wakefield) 23; Daniel Holdsworth (Hull) 10.

Warrington (4) v London Broncos (12)
Warrington bring back experienced trio Michael Monaghan, Brett Hodgson and Chris Bridge after sitting out the defeat at Widnes and winger Rhys Williams is also included after playing for Swinton on Friday.

London are set to give a debut to teenage half-back James Woodburn Hall while 20-year-old forward Erjon Dollapi has also been named in coach Tony Rea's 19-man squad for the first time. That duo along with Shane Grady, Alex Hurst, Mike McMeeken, Chris Melling and Scott Wheeldon replace Chris Bailey, Mark Bryant, Tony Clubb, Luke Dorn, Craig Gower, Jamie O'Callaghan and Shane Rodney as Rea rotates his squad.

Last season: London Broncos 62 Warrington 18, Warrington 50 London Broncos 10.

Last six league matches: Warrington W L L W W L; London Broncos L W L W D L.

Top tryscorers: Chris Riley (Warrington) 8; Kieran Dixon (London Broncos) 8.

Top goalscorers: Brett Hodgson (Warrington) 27; Michael Witt (London Broncos) 23.


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