Super League briefing

  • Last Updated: May 9 2014, 15:29 BST

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

Paul Wellens: Set to return for St Helens
Paul Wellens: Set to return for St Helens

Friday, May 9

Hull (7) v Wigan (4)

Hull have recalled veteran stand-off Richard Horne at the expense of Jordan Rankin following the home defeat by Wakefield. Former Wigan winger Liam Colton is back in the reckoning, while back-row forward Dean Hadley makes way for the return of Richard Whiting. Joe Westerman is included after allaying fears of a broken wrist.

Wigan coach Shaun Wane is set to turn to Dan Sarginson or Anthony Gelling to plug the gap at full-back caused by injury to Matty Bowen and Ryan Hampshire, and he has called up academy products Ryan Sutton, Dom Manfredi and Connor Farrell in the absence of another six regulars, including England internationals Sean O'Loughlin, Liam Farrell and Josh Charnley.

Last season: Wigan 33 Hull 34, Hull 20 Wigan 28.

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

Top tryscorers: Jordan Rankin (Hull) 7; Liam Farrell & Iain Thornley (Wigan) 7.

Top goalscorers: Ben Crooks (Hull) 20; Matty Smith (Wigan) 28.

Referee: R Hicks.

Warrington (8) v Catalan Dragons (9)

Warrington are boosted by the return of utility back Stefan Ratchford while winger Gene Ormsby is recalled following the loss of Kevin Penny with torn knee ligaments.

The Catalans have ex-Wigan prop Jeff Lima back from injury to replace Olivier Elima, who sustained a leg injury in the warm-up for last Saturday's game against Salford. William Barthau continues to deputise at half-back in the absence of Scott Dureau and Thomas Bosc.

Last season: Catalan Dragons 12 Warrington 14, Warrington 24 Catalan Dragons 16.

Last six league matches: Warrington L W L W L L; Catalan Dragons W L W W W W.

Top tryscorers: Joel Monaghan (Warrington) 7; Morgan Escare (Catalan Dragons) 10.

Top goalscorers: Stefan Ratchford (Warrington) 18; Thomas Bosc (Catalan Dragons) 26.

Referee: J Child.

Widnes (5) v Wakefield (12)

Widnes are set to switch Jack Owens from wing to full-back in the absence of Rhys Hanbury while centre Declan Hulme is back in contention after recovering from injury.

Wakefield coach Richard Agar has recalled veteran prop Andy Raleigh, who has recovered from a wrist injury, in the only change to the side that won at Hull.

Last season: Wakefield 24 Widnes 14, Widnes 26 Wakefield 28.

Last six league matches: Widnes W W L L W W; Wakefield L L L L L W.

Top tryscorers: Kevin Brown (Widnes) 10; Reece Lyne & Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield) 6.

Top goalscorer: Danny Tickle (Widnes) 35; Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield) 33.

Referee: B Thaler.

Saturday May 10

London Broncos (14) v Huddersfield (6)

New London coach Joe Grima recalls back-row forward George Griffin from injury and hooker Scott Moore from suspension and will give three-quarter Denny Solomona until the day of the game to prove his fitness after his heavy collision with an advertising hoarding at St Helens left him with a knee problem.

Huddersfield are to give a first appearance of the season to 19-year-old full-back Jake Connor in place of Scott Grix, while forward Larne Patrick returns to the side after sitting out the win over Castleford.

Last season: London Broncos 12 Huddersfield 26, Huddersfield 34 London Broncos 6.

Last six league matches: London Broncos L L L L L L Huddersfield L L L W W W.

Top tryscorers: Mike Bishay, Mason Caton-Brown, Thomas Minns & Denny Solomona (London Broncos) 4; Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield) 8.

Top goalscorers: Josh Drinkwater (London Broncos) 14; Danny Brough (Huddersfield) 44.

Referee: T Roby.

Salford (11) v Hull KR (10)

Salford coach Iestyn Harris brings back full-back Jake Mullaney in place of loanee Greg Eden, who cannot play against his parent club, and adds second-rower Matty Ashurst, Stuart Howarth and Theo Fages to the team that lost to Catalan Dragons.

Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock makes one change to the side that lost to Widnes, with Jason Netherton recalled in place of prop Jonny Walker, who is suspended.

Last season: Hull KR 28 Salford 18, Salford 38 Hull KR 34.

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

Top tryscorers: Francis Meli (Salford) 6; Omari Caro (Hull KR) 8.

Top goalscorers: Jake Mullaney (Salford) 18; Travis Burns (Hull KR) 34.

Referee: P Bentham.

Sunday, May 11

Bradford (13) v St Helens (2)

Bradford are without stand-off or full-back Brett Kearney, who fractured a thumb in the win over Warrington, but are boosted by the return of forwards Chev Walker and Manase Manuokafoa, who missed that game through injury, while three-quarter Luke George is back in contention after being a late withdrawal last Sunday.

St Helens welcome back captain Paul Wellens, who was rested for last week's game against London Broncos, with Carl Foster making way on the bench.

Last season: St Helens 30 Bradford 18, Bradford 10 St Helens 36.

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

Top tryscorers: Adrian Purtell (Bradford) 6; Tom Makinson (St Helens) 13.

Top goalscorers: Jamie Foster (Bradford) 24; Luke Walsh (St Helens) 38.

Referee: M Thomason.