Friday’s Super League previews: Leeds vs Salford; St Helens vs Huddersfield; Warrington vs Wakefield; Wigan vs Catalans

Team news and perspectives since relegation battles climax and the play-off ahead of Friday Super League games.
Richard Agar believes Leeds Rhinos have improvements to make after sealing their place in Super League for 2020.
Last Sunday’s 36-10 win off to London Broncos means the Rhinos are just four points clear at the side using two matches of the regular season having a points gap to the other sides close to the foot of the table and staying.
Interim head coach Agar is no doubt a display that is better can be produced by his side when Salford Red Devils and Headingley on Friday evening visit with, but is pleased they have got themselves into a place that is more secure.
“Performance-wise there is a whole lot to improve , but commitment and defensive effort I thought was outstanding,” Agar said.
“We always said pulling together it wasn’t likely to be an overnight fix, a couple of opportunities missed and everyone else has won matches to help keep it a struggle.
“I understand mathematically we are still not secure but it’s a decent old swing with just two games as well as two additional teams battling each other.”
Agar has named an squad for the game with Salford, who are on a streak of six wins in Super League after beating Warrington Wolves Thursday.
Red Devils head coach Ian Watson attracts straight George Griffin into the group following his return from injury and Josh Wood is remembered to the 19 well.
Salford have now been given a boost with the news mid-season sponsor Josh Johnson has agreed a contract with the team for 2020.
“Josh has added a bit of grit to our pack and bought to the work ethic of the group,” Watson explained.
“We had to move quickly to secure his services for next season, after his energetic performances caught the eyes of other Super League clubs.
“He’s happy to be staying with us and I’m sure he will continue to improve and become a valuable signing.”
Leeds Rhinos 19-man team: Jack Walker, Konrad Hurrell, Ash Handley, Richie Myler, Adam Cuthbertson, Trent Merrin, Brad Dwyer, Liam Sutcliffe, Brett Ferres, Mikolaj Oledzki, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Cameron Smith, Luke Briscoe, James Donaldson, Harry Newman, Ava Seumanufagai, Shaun Lunt, Robert Lui, Rhyse Martin
Salford Red Devils 19-man squad: Niall Evalds, Kris Welham, Jake Bibby, Lee Mossop, Josh Wood, Gil Dudson, Josh Jones, George Griffin, Mark Flanagan, Joey Lussick, Adam Walker, Greg Burke, Tyrone McCarthy, Logan Tomkins, Ken Sio, Krisnan Inu, Tui Lolohea, Jackson Hastings, Josh Johnson
Finishing an unbeaten season in their home patch is your purpose of St Helens on Friday night if they welcome Huddersfield Giants to Completely Wicked Stadium.
The League Leaders’ Shield winners’ three defeats during the Super League regular season all have come to the road, using their home floor showing something of a fortress.
Saints have not completed an unbeaten stretch in the home since 2002, when they moved on to win Grand Final, along with head coach Justin Holbrook knows his side should be on their guard against a Giants side that eased their relegation fears with a 22-12 win off to Hull FC a week.
“We have been terrific there each week this year and we wish to maintain that,” Holbrook said. “We have got to play well to beat Huddersfield on Friday.
“It was a good win for them a week. They’re not in a fantastic spot in the table, but they have shown to win and go at Hull they have got a side”
After missing last Friday’s 4-0 win at home to Castleford Tigers Great Britain call-up Lachlan Coote and dominique Peyroux both reunite.
Giants head coach Simon Woolford is due to injury, therefore Tom Holmes comes back into their 19-man squad at his place. Adam Walne replaces Aaron Murphy too.
Huddersfield are still not protected from the danger of relegation, but the triumph over Hull place them in a stronger place heading into the season’s last two matches.
“It is dependent on other games and other outcomes, but it’s certainly helped our cause,” Woolford said. “It’s been a tough year for a number of reasons and those couple of wins are few and far between.
“We won’t be shutting up shop now, there is still a huge task to do and we want to make sure we finish the seasons really well.”
St Helens 19-man team: Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Theo Fages, Danny Richardson, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Luke Thompson, Zeb Taia, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Morgan Knowles, Kyle Amor, Dominique Peyroux, Jack Ashworth, James Bentley, Lachlan Coote, Matty Costello
Huddersfield Giants 19-man team: Darnell McIntosh, Jermaine McGillvary, Lee Gaskell, Paul Clough, Kruise Leeming, Suaia Matagi, Alex Mellor, Michael Lawrence, Adam O’Brien, Ukuma Ta’ai, Jake Wardle, Tom Holmes, Adam Walne, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Sam Hewitt, Louis Senior, Jon Luke Kirby, Oliver Wilson, Chester Butler
Blake Austin is utilized to create a return for Warrington Wolves because they plan to end their streak in Super League in the home to Wakefield Trinity on Friday.
Austin has been ruled out for about a month with an ankle ligament injury sustained in the defeat away to Catalans Dragons and overlooked the Wolves’ Challenge Cup triumph.
However he is one of five players making a return to Steve Price team who weren’t engaged in last Thursday’s defeat away to fellow play-off contenders Salford.
Wakefield head to the match in the Halliwell Jones Stadium both having lost both of their matches against Warrington so much this year and on the rear of a defeat at home to Wigan Warriors.
Trinity head coach Chris Chester has a lot of injury concerns to contend with too, with a trio of players missing because of injuries sustained in the loss to Wigan.
Bill Tupou chris Annakin and James Batchelor all ruled out, with Titus Gwaze returning to the 19-man squad into their areas, Jordy Crowther and George King, and Chester will be concerned the three could miss Wakefield’s remaining games both.
“It looks like that,” Chester said. “We’ve got some cover there in Joe Arundel and George King and Jordy Crowther, so we’ve pretty much got that covered.”
Warrington Wolves 19-man squad: Sitaleki Akauola, Blake Austin, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Bryson Goodwin, Chris Hill, Toby King, Tom Lineham, Harvey Livett, Jake Mamo, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Declan Patton, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Matty Smith, Lama Tasi
Wakefield Trinity 19-man squad: Joe Arundell, Danny Brough, Jordy Crowther, Anthony England, Morgan Escare, Chris Green, Titus Gwaze, Ryan Hampshire, Ben Jones-Bishop, Lee Kershaw, George King, Danny Kirmond, Craig Kopczak, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Tyler Randell, Adam Tangata, Kelepi Tanginoa, Kyle Wood
Adrian Lam understands there is plenty of work for Wigan Warriors to do as they plan to seal second place.
Last Sunday’s victory away to Wakefield saw the champions move before Warrington at the table along with a win in the home to Catalans Dragons on Friday will watch them take towards securing that spot.
But Lam, who’s attracted Harry Smith in to Amir Bourouh from the only change to his 19-man squad,” cautioned his players they can’t manage to believe the job is already done.
“We have got a fairly tough two games coming in Catalans and Castleford at home, so a great deal of work to perform, but I am really pleased for the group up to now,” Lam said.
“We have used particular words in specific times of the season, and also confidence and perception are the ones we are pushing aggressively in the moment.
“As a group, if we get down to a tight match, they feel in each other and if things get tight at the match over the next couple of months, I have total confidence we can find the result we deserve.”
Wigan defeat Catalans 42-0 about the side’s last trip in March to the DW Stadium, but the Dragons ensured a memorable 33-16 win from the game at Barcelona’s Nou Camp in May.
The men of steve McNamara visit Wigan with their play-off hopes in tatters after Saturday’s 24-6 defeat at home to Hull Kingston Rovers – an effect which condemned them into a third consecutive loss.
Even the Perpignan-based outfit do have Sam Tomkins available to face his former club and Alrix da Costa returns into the 19. Not included are Ben Garcia, Remi Casty, David Mead, Tony Gigot, Fouad Yaha, Sam Moa and Jodie Broughton.
Wigan Warriors 19-man squad: Joe Burgess, Liam Byrne, Tony Clubb, Liam Farrell, Bevan French, Oliver Gildart, Joe Greenwood, Chris Hankinson, Zak Hardaker, Willie Isa, Tommy Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Romain Navarrete, Oliver Partington, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Harry Smith, Morgan Smithies, George Williams
Catalans Dragons 19-man squad: Brayden Wiliame, Lewis Tierney, Samisoni Langi, Michael McIlorum, Kenny Edwards, Greg Bird, Julian Bousquet, Mickael Simon, Benjamin Julien, Matt Whitley, Alrix da Costa, Mickael Goudemand, Lambert Belmas, Lucas Albert, Antoni Maria, Jason Baitieri, Arthur Romano, Sam Kasiano, Sam Tomkins

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