Easter Monday Super League preview

18 Apr 22, 7:43AM 0 Comments

Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk

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Easter Monday sees a full round of fixtures take place as a bumper weekend wraps up and Castleford Tigers welcome Leeds Rhinos to The Jungle in the first of two TV games.

Both sides are desperate for points but Leeds will be up against it from the off as they look to deal with the absence of Jack Walker through injury. Winger Liam Tindall has also been ruled out so Max Simpson and Jack Sinfield, both ages just 17, come into the squad.

Lee Radford makes three changes to his Castleford squad from the Thursday night win over Wakefield as Cheyse Blair, Brad Martin, and Jason Qareqare replace Alex Sutcliffe, Greg Eden and Jack Sadler.

The Tigers are looking for a fourth win of the season which could see them move into the play off places

Monday – Huddersfield Giants v St Helens – 3pm kick off

A blockbuster clash of two of the league’s top sides in 2022 with league-leading Saints welcoming fourth-placed Huddersfield.

Huddersfield are without in-form Chris McQueen, while Theo Fages, Matty English and Owen Trout also miss out. Sam Hewitt, Jack Ashworth, Nathan Mason and Innes Senior come into Ian Watson’s squad for the tie.

St Helens will be without Morgan Knowles and Lewis Dodd for their Easter Monday trip to the Giants after the pair picked up injuries during their Good Friday win against Wigan. Will Hopoate also drops out of the 21-man squad owing to injury.

They have been replaced by Kyle Amor, Josh Simm and Curtis Sironen.

Monday – Salford Red Devils v Catalans Dragons – 3pm kick off

Catalans Dragons will be looking to build on their hard-fought derby win over Toulouse on Thursday but they will do so without Mike McMeeken who suffered a dislocation of a bone in his wrist. Gil Dudson returns in a boost for the Dragons, who are searching for an impressive seventh win of the season.

Salford, who are tenth in the league as it stands, lost at Warrington on Thursday night and will be aiming to upset the odds tomorrow as they look to keep in touch with the play off places, and stave off Leeds and Toulouse below them.

Monday – Toulouse Olympique v Hull KR – 3pm kick off (UK time)

Toulouse are yet to add to their incredible first Super League win over St Helens last month and face a Hull KR side who are in a rich vein of form.

Toulouse, who could welcome both Andrew Dixon and James Cunningham back for the game, lost to Catalans on Thursday but showed signs of life in a 18-6 defeat at the current holders of the League Leaders’ Shield.

Rovers in opposition will be buoyant after seeing off fierce city rivals Hull FC 16-4 on Good Friday but may feel the effects of an intense affair at a sold-out Craven Park.

Lachlan Coote and Frankie Halton drop out of the Robins squad for the trip to Toulouse and are replaced by Brad Takairangi and Phoenix Laulu-Togaga’e.

Monday – Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Trinity – 3pm kick off

Wigan boss Matt Peet makes one enforced change to his squad following Friday’s defeat at St Helens. Tommy Leuluai drops out of the squad after picking up an injury in Round 8 – he is replaced by Kaide Ellis following the completion of his five match suspension.

Trinity make five changes to their squad following their Rivals Round defeat to Cas. Tom Johnstone, Liam Hood, Jordy Crowther, Jai Whitbread and David Fifita all drop out.

They have been replaced by the returning Jacob Miller, James Batchelor, Sam Eseh, Isaac Shaw and Thomas Minns.

Monday – Hull FC v Warrington Wolves – 5.30pm kick off on Sky Sports

Bank Holiday Monday’s second TV game sees the clash of two sides enduring mixed starts to 2022, with Hull FC sitting fifth and Warrington sixth in the table.

The two sides have an identical points tally with four wins each from their eight games and are split by just 25 points in terms of points difference so this could go either way.

Andre Savelio, Josh Griffin and Ben McNamara all miss out after Hull’s derby defeat, with Jamie Shaul, Connor Wynne and Aidan Burrell coming into Brett Hodgson’s 21-man squad.

Daryl Powell has made one change to his 21-man squad ahead of Monday’s trip to Hull, George Williams is back in contention after recovering from injury, replacing Matt Davis.

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