The Super League XXVIII weekend continues on Friday night when four of the six matches to be played in this round take place on a night which is massive for various reasons for a few of the teams involved.
As ever we have a televised match to enjoy over the course of Friday night and with all the games on at the same time there should be regular updates of all the other matches on the coverage so we can keep up to date with what is happening.
Friday’s fixtures are as follows: (20.00 unless stated – UK TV in brackets)
Wakefield Trinity v Salford Red Devils (19.45)
Leigh Leopards v Hull Kingston Rovers (Sky Sports Arena)
St Helens v Castleford Tigers
Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants
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The televised offering on Friday night sees the Leigh Leopards looking to continue their charge for the top six when they go up against a Hull KR side who are looking to get back on track after a bit of a wobble and find a place in the top six themselves. Salford Red Devils are another team who will be eyeing a spot in the top six when it matters and they head away to Wakefield Trinity whose Super League status looks like it will come to an end at the close of the season barring something remarkable.
The champions St Helens did look like they were going through the gears in recent weeks but that came to a shuddering halt with an emphatic defeat at Hull FC last week and they will be looking to put that behind them and get back to winning ways when they host the Castleford Tigers who enjoyed a good win over Warrington last week. The other match sees the Wigan Warriors playing host to the Huddersfield Giants on what might be an evening with dramatic implications for the visitors.
I think it is fair to say that all is not well with the Huddersfield Giants. Ian Watson can rightfully claim that he isn’t able to get a consistent and settled side out onto the paddock but a team who were so defensively proficient last season are anything but this term and they are paying the price in a big way. They have lost seven of their last eight matches in all competitions and the last six losses have seen them ship at least 28 points so their defence has completely fallen apart.
The last thing that defence needs is a run in with Jai Field, Liam Marshall, Bevan French et al but that is exactly what is coming their way. Wigan Warriors themselves had gone through a bit of an indifferent period where even when they were winning they weren’t convincing but they were much more at it against Salford last week and a repeat of that performance could have them on easy street very quickly here. I just can’t trust this Giants side after the rancid display we saw from them last week. They can’t possibly be that bad again but they were so far off it that they need a huge improvement just to be competitive here. I like Wigan to cover a dozen.
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