Super League briefing

  • Last Updated: August 17 2013, 15:10 BST

Team news and statistics ahead of the weekend's action in Super League XVIII.

Dean Collis: Set to return for Wakefield
Dean Collis: Set to return for Wakefield

Sunday, August 18

Castleford (12) v Bradford (9)

Castleford have a doubt over over hooker Daryl Clark, who injured an ankle in the win at Widnes, while coach Daryl Powell must decide whether to recall Jordan Tansey or stick with captain Michael Shenton at full-back.

Bradford have centre or second rower Matty Blythe back from a three-match absence with a knee injury but hooker and co-captain Heath L'Estrange is sidelined with a knee surgery.

This season: Bradford 38 Castleford 12.

Last season: Bradford 46 Castleford 32, Castleford 12 Bradford 20.

Last six league matches: Castleford W W L L L W Bradford L L L W W L.

Top tryscorers: Justin Carney (Castleford) 17; Jarrod Sammut (Bradford) 16.

Top goal scorers: Jamie Ellis (Castleford) 57; Jamie Foster (Bradford) 51.

Wakefield (10) v St Helens (5)

Wakefield are boosted by the return from injury of centre Dean Collis and prop Justin Poore, who take the places of Frankie Mariano, who has a rib injury, and Kyle Trout. Prop Chris Annakin is recalled to the 19-man squad and half-back Bobbie Goulding is set to make his home debut.

St Helens welcome back second rower Sia Soliola, who has missed the last two months after damaging a foot playing for the Exiles, while Lance Hohaia is set to continue at scrum-half in the absence of Gareth O'Brien, who will sit out his second consecutive game on advice of the club's medical staff after being badly concussed a fortnight ago and is poised to return to his parent club Warrington.

This season: St Helens 52 Wakefield 18.

Last season: Wakefield 33 St Helens 32, St Helens 38 Wakefield 12.

Last six league matches: Wakefield W W L L L L St Helens W L W W W W.

Top tryscorers: Peter Fox (Wakefield) 17; Francis Meli (St Helens) 14.

Top goalscorers: Lee Smith (Wakefield) 52; Gareth O'Brien (St Helens) 33.


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