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Willie Poching wants better defensive display from Wakefield as they head to Hull KR

We take a look at what’s being said and team news as Hull host Kingston Rovers Wakefield Trinity and Warrington Wolves take on Huddersfield Giants in the Betfred Super League on Saturday…

Hull Kingston Rovers v Wakefield Trinity (3 p.m.)

Willie Poching is looking for an improved defensive display from Wakefield when they head to Sewell Group Craven Park on Saturday afternoon.

Trinity had 54 points put on them in their loss to Wigan Warriors on Easter Monday after losing 34-4 at home to Castleford Tigers in the derby the previous Thursday.

They weren’t helped by sending Kelepi Tanginoa to DW Stadium, but head coach Poching admitted there were plenty of areas to fix ahead of facing Hull KR.

“Defensively we were way off,” Poching said. “We tried to address some of that at half time, but we didn’t quite understand what we wanted to do at the start of that second half.

“They were offloading fast, and in the third game they were halfway there. They had the upper hand for a while.

“Too often there were times when we couldn’t play the ball quickly. It was a physical thing and an attitude thing.”

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Highlights from Wigan Warriors victory over Wakefield Trinity in the Betfred Super League.

Highlights from Wigan Warriors victory over Wakefield Trinity in the Betfred Super League.

Rovers were involved in a thrilling comeback to beat Toulouse Olympique 28-24 in the south of France on Monday, although Matt Parcell suffered a concussion which rules him out for Saturday’s game and Will Dagger is also out. absent due to knee swelling.

Lachlan Coote returns to the 21-man squad and is expected to start at full back and Albert Vete is available to add a little more presence to the squad, with head coach Tony Smith hoping his side’s conviction will return to the foreground.

“The players have shown great character [against Toulouse]although they were clearly tired of what was a very difficult derby against Hull FC,” said Smith, who announced earlier this week that he would step down as head coach of Hull KR at the end of of the season.

“But they overcame that and they believed in themselves – maybe even more than me.

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Highlights of Hull Kingston Rovers’ win over Toulouse Olympique in the Betfred Super League.

Highlights of Hull Kingston Rovers’ win over Toulouse Olympique in the Betfred Super League.

“They weren’t spectacular, but they found ways to win that game. It wasn’t a high quality game, but that’s not down to the players, or Toulouse, it’s just the schedule matches.”

Named squads

Hull Kingston Rovers: Lachlan Coote, Ben Crooks, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Ryan Hall, Jordan Abdull, Albert Vete, George King, Dean Hadley, Kane Linnett, Matty Storton, Jez Litten, Korbin Sims, Elliot Minchella, Jimmy Keinhorst, Rowan Milnes, Will Maher, Ethan Ryan, Sam Wood, Greg Richards, Phoenix Lalulu-Togaga’e.

Trinity of Wakefield: Max Jowitt, Tom Johnstone, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Mason Lino, Eddie Battye, Tinirau Arona, Matty Ashurst, Kelepi Tanginoa, Jay Pitts, Jordy Crowther, James Batchelor, Lee Gaskell, Liam Kay, Brad Walker, Yusuf Aydin, Sadiq Adebiyi , Harry Bowes, Lewis Murphy, Corey Hall, David Fifita.

Warrington Wolves v Huddersfield Giants (3 p.m.)

Ian Watson wants to see Huddersfield ride a wave of confidence in Saturday’s game at Warrington after being buoyed by their display on Easter Monday despite losing.

The Giants lost 24-12 at home to defending champions St Helens, ending a four-game Super League unbeaten streak that had lifted them to fourth in the table.

Nonetheless, head coach Watson was able to take many positives from the way his side acquitted themselves against the Saints and aims to build on that at Halliwell Jones Stadium.

“We have to take a lot of faith in that because there are little little things that champion teams do to be able to get the result that we have to learn and learn faster,” Watson said.

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Highlights from St Helens’ win over Huddersfield Giants in the Betfred Super League.

Highlights from St Helens’ win over Huddersfield Giants in the Betfred Super League.

“But if we look at where we came from 12 months ago to where we are now, we’re a completely different proposition. We have to make sure that we continue to build on that to get where we want to get. .

“What we want Huddersfield to be is a good, long-term and constantly challenging team, and we know we have quality players here.”

Huddersfield will head to the M62 with Jake Wardle added to the squad after injury and will face a side from Warrington who were edged 18-16 at Hull FC on Monday.

The hosts have George Williams, Matt Davis, Connor Wrench and Oliver Holmes all set to return, with Stefan Ratchford and skipper Jack Hughes out, and Wolves head coach Daryl Powell thinks there’s a lot to work on with the defeat against blacks and whites.

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Highlights from Hull FC’s clash with Warrington Wolves in the Betfred Super League.

Highlights from Hull FC’s clash with Warrington Wolves in the Betfred Super League.

“We worked hard throughout the game, but we have to find how we want to play and it’s difficult under fatigue,” said Powell.

“It was a real battle of attrition and neither team could find the clarity in attack to break the other.

“We had some really good bits of play, but in the end we lost a tight game, but there’s a lot to build on going forward.”

Named squads

Wolves of Warrington: Matty Ashton, Joe Bullock, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Matt Davis, Riley Dean, Oliver Holmes, Toby King, Ellis Longstaff, Billy Magoulias, Peter Mata’utia, Robbie Mulhern, Joe Philbin, Ellis Robson, Josh Thewlis, Danny Walker, George Williams, Connor Wrench.

Huddersfield Giants: Jermaine McGillvary, Jake Wardle, Ricky Leutele, Ashton Golding, Tui Lolohea, Chris Hill, Danny Levi, Michael Lawrence, Josh Jones, Chris McQueen, Luke Yates, Joe Greenwood, Jack Cogger, Oliver Wilson, Leroy Cudjoe, Louis Senior, Olly Russell , Innes Senior, Nathan Mason, Jack Ashworth, Sam Hewitt.




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