Super League: Friday’s talking points as Warrington take on Hull and Wigan host Toulouse | Rugby League News


Warrington and Hull hope to bounce back from successive losses as they face off on Friday

We take a look at what’s being said and team news as Warrington take on Hull FC and Wigan host Toulouse in Friday’s Super League fixtures….

Warrington Wolves v Hull FC (8pm, Sky Sports Arena)

Warrington Wolves' Kyle Amor sheds light on club's poor form and how he's addressing it going forward

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Warrington Wolves’ Kyle Amor sheds light on club’s poor form and how he’s addressing it going forward

Warrington Wolves’ Kyle Amor sheds light on club’s poor form and how he’s addressing it going forward

Warrington Wolves and Hull FC face off on Friday as they both look to bounce back from a losing streak.

The home side will be hoping to close in on a play-off spot, while the Black and Whites will want to stay safe in fifth place in the standings.

After announcing earlier this week that Josh Reynolds had left the club, Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson has revealed he will also be without Carlos Tuimavave and Jordan Johnstone through injury, the former being out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

However, they will be boosted by the return of Scott Taylor to the side, while Jacob Hookem and Joe Lovodua are in contention to take Reynolds’ half-back spot.

Highlights of the Super League match between St Helens and Hull KR

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Highlights of the Super League match between St Helens and Hull KR

Highlights of the Super League match between St Helens and Hull KR

Wolves will make their debut for James Harrison as he returns from an ACL injury and NRL signing Thomas Mikaele will play at Halliwell Jones for the first time.

Kyle Amor will not feature for Wolves as he is sidelined with a muscle injury, but Peter Mata’utia will return after a one-game ban.

For Warrington head coach Daryl Powell the home clash gives his team a chance to bounce back and he hopes the crowd will be there to cheer them on.

“I know some of the other teams have gone and taken vacations, but for us we have to work,” he said.

“The boys recognize that and they work hard and are committed to getting us back on track.

“I think for me, we just want a real buzz around the place and we have to do our job without a doubt.

“I think against St Helens our fans were amazing, there was such a buzz at the back, we will of course be motivated to win this game and start climbing the ranks.

“We need them, we need our fans behind us and giving us an atmosphere to nurture us and we hope to nurture them and give them back, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Warrington: 1 Stefan Ratchford, 3 Peter Mata’utia, 4 Toby King, 5 Matty Ashton, 6 Gareth Widdop, 7 George Williams, 8 Joe Philbin, 9 Daryl Clark, 10 Mike Cooper, 11 Ben Currie, 12 Oliver Holmes, 14 Jason Clark, 15 Joe Bullock, 16 Danny Walker, 17 Matt Davis, 19 Robbie Mulhern, 20 James Harrison, 22 Josh Thewlis, 23 Connor Wrench, 24 Ellis Longstaff, 33 Thomas Mikaele.

FC Hull: 2 Adam Swift, 4 Josh Griffin, 5 Darnell McIntosh, 7 Luke Gale, 8 Ligi Sao, 9 Danny Houghton, 10 Tevita Satae, 12 Manu Ma’u, 13 Jordan Lane, 14 Joe Lovodua, 16 Kane Evans, 17 Brad Fash, 20 Jack Brown, 23 Connor Wynne, 24 Cameron Scott, 25 Mitieli Vulikijapani, 27 Jacob Hookem, 28 Aidan Burrell, 29 Jamie Shaul, 30 Scott Taylor, 34 Davy Litten.

Wigan Warriors – Toulouse Olympique (8 p.m.)

Highlights from the Super League match between Salford Red Devils and Wigan Warriors

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Highlights from the Super League match between Salford Red Devils and Wigan Warriors

Highlights from the Super League match between Salford Red Devils and Wigan Warriors

Wigan are expecting a season-high crowd on Friday night as they host Toulouse at the DW Stadium.

They will also be boosted by a possible return of Kai Pearce-Paul, who is named to the squad after being sidelined for three months as head coach Matt Peet opts for just one change to his squad.

Warriors mainstay Brad Singleton is set for a tough test against a Toulouse side battling for their Super League spot.

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“It’s tough for Toulouse because no one is going to ride for them,” Singleton said.

“I feel like they’re aware of that, I feel like they need wins, every game they’re going to feel like a grand finale towards them and the opponent and that’s up to us to stop them.

“They’re probably the most desperate team in the league, aren’t they, they don’t want to go down.

“I would hate to see them go down because I’m a big fan of expansion and I think they bring a lot to the game, but I don’t want that against us.”

The highlights of the Super League match between Toulouse Olympique and the Castleford Tigers

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The highlights of the Super League match between Toulouse Olympique and the Castleford Tigers

The highlights of the Super League match between Toulouse Olympique and the Castleford Tigers

Wigan are not the only side boosted by returns, as Joe Bretherton and Guy Armitage are back for the French side.

Lambert Belmas could make his debut for Toulouse at DW Stadium, while Maxime Stefani also returns to the team.

Despite the return of big names in the workforce, Romain Navarrete and Ilias Bergal are excluded through injury.

Wigan: 1 Bevan French, 2 Jake Bibby, 5 Liam Marshall, 7 Thomas Leuluai, 8 Brad Singleton, 9 Sam Powell, 10 Patrick Mago, 11 Willie Isa, 12 Liam Farrell, 13 John Bateman, 15 Kaide Ellis, 16 Harry Smith, 17 Oliver Partington, 19 Ethan Havard, 20 Liam Byrne, 21 Kai Pearce-Paul, 22 Joe Shorrocks, 23 Jai Field, 24 Abbas Miski, 25 Sam Halsall, 28 Brad O’Neill.

Toulouse: 2 Latrell Schaumkel, 4 Mathieu Jussaume, 5 Paul Marcon, 6 Corey Norman, 7 Lucas Albert, 10 Harrison Hansen, 11 Andrew Dixon, 12 Dominique Peyroux, 13 Anthony Marion, 14 Eloi Pelissier, 15 Maxime Puech, 16 Joe Bretherton, 21 Chris Hankinson, 24 Guy Armitage, 25 Matty Russell, 27 Olly Ashall-Bott, 28 Nathan Pears, 29 Lambert Belmas, 30 Maxime Stefani, 31 Tony Gigot, 35 Daniel Alvaro.




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