Super League briefing

  • Last Updated: March 28 2014, 15:16 GMT

Team news and statistics ahead of the weekend's Super League action, including St Helens v Leeds.

Tom Briscoe: Recalled by Leeds
Tom Briscoe: Recalled by Leeds

Friday March 28

Hull (10) v Salford (8)

Hull, who have lost skipper Gareth Ellis to suspension, have Jamie Shaul returning at full-back and coach Lee Radford recalls scrum-half Jacob Miller and forward Jay Pitts, while second-rower Dean Hadley is set to make his first appearance of the season after being an unused substitute in the 7-0 defeat by Widnes.

Salford are confident of having forward Steve Rapira back from a shoulder injury in what is likely to be the only change to the side that beat Castleford. Winger Dom Manfredi is still sidelined with a shoulder injury sustained on his debut a fortnight ago.

Last season: Hull 18 Salford 13, Salford 18 Hull 24.

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

Top tryscorers: Danny Houghton, Gareth Ellis and Richard Whiting (Hull) 3; Andrew Dixon, Theo Fages, Harrison Hansen and Greg Johnson (Salford) 3.

Top goalscorers: Ben Crooks (Hull) 7; Jake Mullaney (Salford) 12.

Referee: R Hicks.

St Helens (1) v Leeds (2)

Saints have promoted youngsters Andre Savelio and Lewis Charnock into their Super League squad in the absence of seven first-choice players through injury or suspension. Lance Hohaia is expected to resume at stand-off after pulling out of last Sunday's game with a knee problem while Mark Percival is set to return at centre and prop Mose Masoe makes his first start. Mark Percival misses out once again.

Leeds coach Brian McDermott has recalled Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Tom Briscoe after resting them for the win over London Broncos. Second-rower Brett Delaney returns after recovering from a leg injury and centre Joel Moon will also be back if he passes a late fitness test on his hamstring. Forwards Chris Clarkson and Ryan Bailey are among the players to miss out.

Last season: Leeds 22 St Helens 30, St Helens 12 Leeds 20.

Last six league matches: St Helens W W W W W W Leeds W W W D W W.

Top tryscorers: Tom Makinson (St Helens) 6; Tom Briscoe and Ryan Hall (Leeds) 5.

Top goalscorers: Luke Walsh (St Helens) 28; Kevin Sinfield (Leeds) 19.

Referee: R Silverwood.

Wigan (6) v Catalan Dragons (12)

Wigan welcome back skipper Sean O'Loughlin after missing the last three matches with a shoulder injury in the only change to the team that won at Warrington. Hooker Michael McIlorum sits out the last match of his three-game ban.

The Dragons are without back-row forwards Jason Baitieri and Elliott Whitehead after they picked up injuries in the win over Huddersfield but prop Julian Bousquet returns after completing a four-match ban and winger Damien Cardace has recovered from an ankle injury that has kept him out for a month.

Last season: Catalan Dragons 22 Wigan 8, Wigan 38 Catalan Dragons 0.

Last six league matches: Wigan L L W L W W Catalan Dragons L L L L L W.

Top tryscorers: Iain Thornley (Wigan) 5; Elliott Whitehead (Catalan Dragons) 4.

Top goalscorers: Matty Smith (Wigan) 16; Thomas Bosc (Catalan Dragons) 11.

Referee: T Roby.

Sunday, March 30

Huddersfield (5) v Warrington (7)

Huddersfield have hooker Shaun Lunt back after an eight-week absence with a knee injury, with Kyle Wood dropping to the bench. Utility player Michael Lawrence is available after completing a one-match ban and will be vying with 19-year-old Jake Connor to take over at centre from the injured Joe Wardle.

Warrington coach Tony Smith is set to give full-back Matty Russell his first start, with Stefan Ratchford switching to stand-off to partner Richie Myler and Gareth O'Brien dropping to the bench. Twins Ben and Rhys Evans are added to the team that lost to Wigan.

Last season: Huddersfield 12 Warrington 34, Warrington 28 Huddersfield 2.

Last six league matches: Huddersfield W D L D W L Warrington L L W W W L.

Top tryscorers: Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield) 6; Kevin Penny (Warrington) 5.

Top goalscorers: Danny Brough (Huddersfield) 22; Stefan Ratchford (Warrington) 13.

Referee: J Child

Hull KR (11) v Wakefield (9)

Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock makes two changes to the side that beat Bradford, bringing in forwards Rhys Lovegrove and Jason Netherton for the suspended Justin Poore and the injured Jamie Langley.

Wakefield have loose forward Danny Washbrook back from a two-match absence with a calf strain and centre Dean Collis returns to take the place of Jimmy Keinhorst, who aggravated a hamstring injury in the defeat by St Helens.

Last season: Hull K R 44 Wakefield 18, Wakefield 36 Hull KR 20.

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

Top tryscorers: Omari Caro (Hull KR) 4; Reece Lyne (Wakefield) 5.

Top goalscorers: Travis Burns (Hull KR) 12; Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield) 24.

Referee: P Bentham

Widnes (4) v Bradford (14)

Widnes welcome back second-rower Hep Cahill, who has missed the last four matches with a neck injury, and prop Paul Clough returns for what will be the 200th appearance of his career. Winger Jack Owens is also back in the mix after sitting out last week's victory at Hull.

Hooker Adam O'Brien is set to make his first start in Super League in the absence of injured Bradford skipper Matt Diskin while forward Chev Walker returns from suspension to take the place of the injured Adam Sidlow. Coach Francis Cummins has also called up youngsters Nathan Conroy and Alex Mellor. Goalkicking winger Jamie Foster, who pulled out of last week's game at Hull KR, misses this game through injury.

Last season: Bradford 28 Widnes 32, Widnes 22 Bradford 22.

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

Top tryscorers: Kevin Brown (Widnes) 5; Adam Henry & Adrian Purtell (Bradford) 3.

Top goalscorers: Danny Tickle (Widnes) 19; Jamie Foster (Bradford) 15.

Referee: G Stokes.