Super League briefing

  • Last Updated: April 6 2013, 13:55 BST

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

Chris Riley: Returns to the Warrington squad
Chris Riley: Returns to the Warrington squad


Hull (9) v Catalan Dragons (5)
Hull's Australian full-back Shannon McDonnell is fit again after missing the last three games with a hamstring problem and is set to take the place of youngster Jamie Shaul, despite the latter's sparking two-try debut at Wakefield. Shaul is still in coach Peter Gentle's 19-man squad, however, along with teenage second rower Dean Hadley, who could get his debut in the absence of the injured Ben Galea.

Catalan coach Lauren Frayssinous recalls winger Frederic Vaccari and scrum-half William Barthau for their second appearances of the season as well as the versatile Kevin Larroyer in place of injured trio Damien Blanch, Daryl Millard and Thomas Bosc.

Last season: Hull 30 Catalan Dragons 10, Catalan Dragons 44 Hull 14.

Last six league matches: Hull L W L D L W; Catalan Dragons W L W W W L.

Top tryscorers: Joe Arundel (Hull) 4; Damien Blanch and Zeb Taia (Catalan Dragons) 6.

Top goalscorers: Danny Tickle (Hull) 14; Thomas Bosc (Catalan Dragons) 37.

Hull KR (8) v St Helens (4)
Hull KR hope to have captain Michael Dobson back in place of debutant scrum-half Matty Beharrell after missing both Easter games with a hamstring problem. Winger David Hodgson and second-rower Cory Paterson are also set to return after sitting out the record 84-6 defeat by Wigan.

St Helens have prop Anthony Laffranchi back to take the place of the injured Josh Perry, while stand-off Lance Hohaia is poised to end his three-match injury absence and coach Nathan Brown includes Easter Monday debutant James Tilley in his initial 19-man squad.

Last season: St Helens 34 Hull KR 28, Hull KR 36 St Helens 36.

Last six league matches: Hull KR W W L W W L; St Helens L W W W L W.

Top tryscorers: David Hodgson (Hull KR) 8; Francis Meli (St Helens) 8.

Top goalscorers: Michael Dobson (Hull KR) 29; Jonny Lomax (St Helens) 11.

Leeds (7) v Warrington (3)
Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker makes his return from a broken thumb, with Kallum Watkins set to switch to the wing in place of Joe Vickery, who is out with a hamstring injury. Prop Kylie Leuluai returns from injury to take the place of Ryan Bailey, who begins a four-match ban, and second-rower Chris Clarkson stands by in case Brett Delaney fails a late fitness test.

Warrington recall winger Chris Riley and hooker Mickey Higham, who were both rested against London on Easter Monday, while back-rower Tyrone McCarthy is hoping for a recall after being named in the 19-man squad.

Last season: Warrington 37 Leeds 18, Leeds 26 Warrington 18.

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

Top tryscorers: Ryan Hall and Joel Moon (Leeds) 5; Joel Monaghan (Warrington) 9.

Top goalscorers: Kevin Sinfield (Leeds) 35; Brett Hodgson (Warrington) 34.

Widnes (11) v Salford (13)
Widnes are boosted by the return of stand-off Kevin Brown, who injured an ankle on his debut a month ago, and centre Cameron Phelps, who hurt his knee in the same game. Captain Jon Clarke, Eamon O'Carroll and Rhys Hanbury are also set to return after sitting out the defeat at Huddersfield on Easter Monday.

Salford welcome back centre Martin Gleeson, who has missed both Easter games with a hamstring problem, but there is no place yet for former St Helens prop Jake Emmitt, who joined the club this week from Castleford.

Last season: Salford 8 Widnes 46, Widnes 18 Salford 38.

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

Top tryscorers: Patrick Ah Van (Widnes) 5; Ashley Gibson (Salford) 5.

Top goalscorers: Patrick Ah Van (Widnes) 13; Marc Sneyd (Salford) 18.

Wigan (1) v Wakefield (10)
Wigan have brought in winger Anthony Gelling for his first game since round three in February to take the place of leading tryscorer Josh Charnley, who had 15 stitches inserted in an ankle wound sustained in the win at Hull KR. Skipper Sean O'Loughlin remains sidelined with a back injury.

Wakefield coach Richard Agar is able to pick from a fully-fit squad, with centre or second rower Vince Mellars and half-back or hooker Kyle Wood hoping to force their way onto the bench after missing out against Hull on Monday.

Last season: Wakefield 10 Wigan 52, Wigan 36 Wakefield 6.

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

Top tryscorers: Josh Charnley (Wigan) 11; Ben Cockayne and Peter Fox (Wakefield) 8.

Top goalscorers: Pat Richards (Wigan) 48; Paul Sykes (Wakefield) 26.

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