Super League Match Preview: Hull KR v Wigan Warriors

Date: Thursday, 14th August, 2014.

Venue: KC Lightstream Stadium, Hull.

Kick-Off: 8pm.

Hull KR: Burns, Carlile, Chan, Cockayne, Costigan, Cox, Eden, Esslemont, Gardner, Green, Hall, J Hodgson, Horne, Keating, Larroyer, Lovegrove, Netherton, Salter, A Walker. (two to be omitted).

Wigan Warriors: Bateman, Bowen, Charnley, Crosby, Dudson, Farrell, Flower, Gelling, Green, Hughes, Manfredi, O’Loughlin, Pettybourne, Powell, Sarginson, Smith, Taylor, Tomkins, Williams. (two to be omitted).

Super League returns on Thursday night after a weekend off with Hull KR looking to keep their slim hopes of a playoff berth intact against Wigan Warriors at the KC Lightstream Stadium.

The Robins came unstuck against eighth-placed Widnes Vikings before the break for the Challenge Cup semi-finals, meaning they are three points adrift of their rivals with eight points to play for before the end of the league campaign.

Reigning champions, Wigan come into the game on the back of a clinical 45-4 victory over a lacklustre Salford Red Devil two weeks ago, although they suffered a shock 16-8 loss at the hands of the relegated Bradford Bulls the week before.

Victory over Wigan would see them move to the top of the table for at least 24 hours with current leaders St Helens in action against Wakefield on Friday night, so there is a big incentive for the Lancashire side but KR, who have won two of their five games under new coach, Chris Chester, will be keen to turn up the heat in their chase for a place in the top eight.

Craig Hall, Rhys Lovegrove and Sonny Esslemont are all brought in to Chester’s squad, while former KR playmaker, Blake Green returns to the Wigan squad after an extended lay off. USA prop Eddy Pettybourne also looks likely to make his comeback for the Warriors.

Prediction: Both teams will be in their usual determined moods but Wigan’s quality will shine through in the end and they should record a relatively comfortable win. Tip: Wigan by 18.

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