Betfred Super League Preview | Play-Off Elimination Finals

23 Sep 21, 9:00PM 0 Comments

Written by Rugby Football League

The Betfred Super League play-offs kick-off with a bang this weekend, with two massive eliminator clashes, both live on Sky Sports.

The gauntlet begins at the DW Stadium on Thursday night, as the Warriors host the Rhinos, in a duel between two of the league’s most inconsistent sides.

Wigan finished the regular season last week with an impressive victory over the league-leading Catalans Dragons and have only conceded 18 points in their final four league games, as Adrian Lam looks to end his tenure on a high.

Leeds will also head into Thursday night’s match-up full of confidence after their 36-12 triumph over Hull KR sealed their play-off spot, and Richard Agar’s side will fancy their chances at defeating the Warriors again in a big knockout game, after dispatching of Thursday’s hosts in the Challenge Cup Semi-Finals last season.

Liam Marshall returns to the Warriors’ 21-man squad ahead of Thursday’s Play-off eliminator. Forwards Brad Singleton and Morgan Smithies are also included after sitting out last week’s win against Catalans and John Bateman is expected to feature after he was rested.

Joe Bullock misses out for Wigan this week – he picked up a shoulder injury in Round 25.

The Rhinos welcome four players back into their squad for this week’s trip to the DW Stadium. Zane Tetevano returns for Leeds after completing his three-match suspension picked up against Thursday’s opponents Wigan back in Round 21.

Mikolaj Oledzki, Alex Mellor and King Vuniyayawa are also included following their respective injury layoffs, in what is a huge boost for Richard Agar’s side ahead of Thursday’s crunch tie.

Elsewhere, Warrington host Hull KR in another crucial eliminator on Friday night.

After finishing third in the regular season, the Wire guaranteed themselves a home tie in the play-offs against a Robins side competing in the end of season party for the first time since 2013.

An away tie against St Helens in the semi-final awaits Friday’s winners.

Steve Price has included Daryl Clark, Danny Walker and Toby King in his Warrington 21-man squad ahead of Thursday’s clash against the Robins.

Prop Mike Cooper misses out for the Wolves as he serves a one-match suspension picked up during last week’s win against Castleford.

The Robins have been dealt a huge blow heading into their Play-off eliminator on Friday Night – in form hooker Matt Parcell misses out after sustaining a pectoral injury against Leeds last week. Hull KR are still without the likes of Ryan Hall and Greg Minikin through injury.

George Lawler makes a welcome return to the Robins 21-man squad – the forward has recovered from a dislocating thumb that has kept him out since Round 22.

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