Super League: Hull KR aim to avoid capital punishment against Broncos

The London Broncos could make it a fab four against Hull KR having won their last three on the bounce, while there are tough Challenges for Salford and Wakefield.
Matthew Crist  |  20th June 2019

London Broncos v Hull KR, Thursday, 19:45

 

London Broncos

The London Broncos will be looking to make it three wins from three when they host Hull Kingston Rovers as the bottom two in the table battle it out on Thursday evening.

Victory at the Trailfinders Sports Ground would lift the Broncos off the bottom of the table and be the first time since August 2012 the hosts have recorded three successive wins in Super League.

Meanwhile, Rovers – who won when these two met back in February – come into the match on the back of a shock 16-14 win at home to new head coach Tony Smith’s former side Warrington Wolves last Saturday.

Since his arrival Smith has gone about strengthening Hull KR’s squad by brining Warrington back row Harvey Livett on a one-month loan from his former side who goes straight into the 19-man squad for the trip to the capital.

Luis Johnson, Livett’s Wolves team-mate who is also on loan, is included for the first time too, along with Daniel Murray, who joined from Salford Red Devils in a loan swap with Ryan Lannon.

Kane Linnett makes a welcome return to the Rovers squad after recovering from an injury which kept him out of the win over title-chasing Warrington, but Mitch Garbutt misses-out with a calf injury while Adam Rooks, Harry Bardle and Shaun Lunt also sit this one out.

As for the Broncos, they make just one change from the win over Catalans as they look to make it three wins in a row, with Ben Hellewell coming in for Matt Fleming.

London to beat Hull KR at 2.10*

Huddersfield Giants vs Wigan Warriors: Friday, 19:45

 

Wigan Warriors

Reigning Super League champions Wigan also go looking for their third win in a row when they travel to Huddersfield on Friday night.

The Warriors made it back-to-back wins with a 23-14 victory at Leeds last Friday and are now up against a Giants side who have lost their last two matches on the bounce.

Zak Hardaker returns to the Warriors squad after missing the game at Leeds with a hand injury, while Joe Greenwood also returns having not played since losing to Warrington at Magic Weekend, though Dan Sarginson and Ben Flower remain sidelined.

The Giants will be without Joe Wardle due to a hand injury as they look to get back to winning ways and Jermaine McGillvary is not expected to make a comeback until next week.

Wigan to beat Huddersfield at *1.43

 

Salford Red Devils v Castleford Tigers: Friday, 19:45

 

Red Devils

The Salford Red Devils defeated Wakefield Trinity 44-20 at home last Sunday to end a four-game losing streak but can take nothing for granted when Castleford visit the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday.

Ian Watson’s side are four points clear of the three sides fighting it out at the bottom of the Super League but also just two points behind fifth-placed Castleford making this tie all the more intriguing.

Ryan Lannon is available again after he rejoined the club in a loan-swap deal with Hull Kingston Rovers while Greg Johnson is also back in Watson’s 19-man squad with Ben Nakubuwai and George Griffin missing out due to injuries.

As for the Tigers, Castleford head coach Daryl Powell has the luxury of naming an unchanged 19-man squad for the first time this season as the injury problems which have dogged his side all year appear to be easing.

Salford to beat Castleford at *2.00

Warrington Wolves vs Wakefield Trinity: Friday, 19:45

 

Wakefield Trinity aim to turn around their ailing fortunes away to Warrington on Friday evening having lost four games on the bounce since beating Huddersfield Giants 26-25 on May 3.

Trinity will be boosted by the return of David Fifita for the trip to Warrington, with Mason Caton-Brown set for a return to action as well, though Danny Kirmond is out with a knee injury and Tyler Randell is sidelined after a blow to the head.

The Wolves, currently in second place, go into this match seeking to rebound from a 16-14 loss away to struggling Hull KR last Saturday as they keep-up their persuit of St Helens and welcome back Daryl Clark and Joe Philbin to the 19-man squad after missing the defeat against Rovers thorugh injury.

Warrington to beat Wakefield at *1.11

 

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