Super League briefing

  • Last Updated: March 22 2014, 14:43 GMT

Team news and statistics for Sunday's action in the First Utility Super League.

Rangi Chase: Returns for Salford
Rangi Chase: Returns for Salford

Sunday, March 23


Hull (9) v Widnes (5)


Hull have prop Iafeta Paleaaesina returning from injury to help offset the loss of Josh Bowden with an ankle injury and Mickey Paea through suspension, and coach Lee Radford also calls up young forwards Liam Kent and Dean Hadley, who have yet to play this season.

Widnes coach Denis Betts brings in half-back Danny Craven to replace the injured Joe Mellor while prop Phil Joseph takes over from Paul Clough and threequarters Patrick Ah Van and Stefan Marsh are both back in contention. Former Hull second rower Danny Tickle will face his old team-mates if he recovers in time from a "dead" leg.

Last season: Hull 72 Widnes 10, Widnes 36 Hull 16.

Last six league matches: Hull L W L L W L Widnes W W W W W L.

Top tryscorers: Gareth Ellis, Danny Houghton & Richard Whiting (Hull) 3; Kevin Brown (Widnes) 5.

Top goalscorers: Ben Crooks (Hull) 7; Danny Tickle (Widnes) 19.

Referee: B Thaler.


Hull KR (11) v Bradford (14)


Hull KR have added winger Omari Caro to their squad after recovering from a hand injury, but coach Craig Sandercock is set to stick with the team that lost at Wigan, with on-loan winger Ade Gardner set to make his home debut.

Bradford centre or second rower Matty Blythe is set to make his first appearance of the season after recovering from a hand injury, while on-loan front-rower Anthony Mullally returns after being unable to play against parent club Huddersfield and Adam Sidlow has recovered from the illness that forced him to miss the defeat by the Giants. They take over from winger Luke George, who has a hamstring injury, and forward Chev Walker, who is suspended.

Last season: Hull KR 28 Bradford 18, Bradford 34 Hull KR 12.

Last six league matches: Hull KR L L D L L L Bradford W L W W L L.

Top tryscorers: Omari Caro (Hull KR) 3; Adam Henry & Adrian Purtell (Bradford) 3.

Top goalscorers: Travis Burns (Hull KR) 10; Jamie Foster (Bradford) 15.

Referee: R Hicks.


Salford (10) v Castleford (2)


Salford are boosted by the return of former Castleford favourite Rangi Chase, who tore a calf muscle in the opening game of the season. Winger Francis Meli also returns in place of Wigan winger Dom Manfredi, who scored two tries on his loan debut against Warrington but misses out with a shoulder injury. Martin Gleeson is restored to centre in place of Jason Walton, who is sidelined by injury.

Stand-off Marc Sneyd, who joined Castleford on a season-long loan deal as part of the Chase transfer, will line up opposite his replacement in a Tigers side that shows just one change from the team that beat Hull, with Luke Dorn replacing the suspended Jordan Tansey at full-back.

Last season: Castleford 44 Salford 30, Salford 34 Castleford 30.

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

Top tryscorers: Theo Fages and Harrison Hansen (Salford) 3; Justin Carney (Castleford) 4.

Top goalscorers: Jake Mullaney (Salford) 9; Marc Sneyd (Castleford) 18.

Referee: J Child.


Wakefield (7) v St Helens (1)


Wakefield have prop Andy Raleigh back after a three-match absence with a hamstring injury while centre Jimmy Keinhorst is also set to return after damaging a hamstring in the opening game at Salford. Latest signing Harry Seijka is in coach Richard Agar's 19-man squad hoping to make his debut.

St Helens are set to hand a debut to former Huddersfield winger Matty Dawson while forwards Mark Flanagan, Anthony Walker, Greg Richards and Luke Thompson are all hoping to make their first appearances of the season in the absence of Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Alex Walmsley, with Jon Wilkin set to switch from the pack to scrum-half in place of the injured Luke Walsh.

Last season: Wakefield 12 St Helens 26, St Helens 52 Wakefield 18.

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

Top tryscorers: Pita Godinet, Reece Lyne & Richard Mathers (Wakefield) 4; Tom Makinson (St Helens) 5.

Top goalscorers: Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield) 22; Luke Walsh (St Helens) 28.

Referee: T Roby.


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