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MAGIC WEEKEND MATCH PREVIEW | Salford Red Devils vs Hull Kingston Rovers

The two sides will meet for the second time this May at Anfield where they will begin the second day of fixtures at Magic Weekend. Here’s everything you need to know.

 

TEAM FORM GUIDE

Salford

Since their exit to the Robins in the Challenge Cup, the Red Devils have fought on their travels against St Helens, where they fell short in a captivating match that ended 32 points to 30.

Hull KR

Rovers too had only one game after their cup win and went on their travels to Huddersfield Giants where they failed to win a second consecutive away win.

 

SQUAD NEWS

Salford

Head coach Ian Watson has made one change for their trip to Anfield, bringing in Jake Bibby for Ben Nakubuwai.

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Salford’s 19-man squad: Evalds, Welham, Bibby, Lui, Mossop, Dudson, Jones, Griffin, Lussick, Walker, Burke, McCarthy, Tomkins, Murray, Olpherts, Sio, Inu, Pauli, Hastings.

Hull KR

Tim Sheens has recalled prop Mose Masoe after a seven-game absence, undergoing surgery on a hand injury. Elsewhere, hooker Shaun Lunt looks set to feature at Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium, having missed the last two matches with a calf issue.

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Danny McGuire is named in the preliminary 19 despite carrying a knock, but Sheens will give the half-back as much time as possible to prove his fitness. The same applies to prop Mitch Garbutt, who is also rated as doubtful.

Will Dagger is also included. Adam Rooks and loaned-out duo Junior Vaivai and Will Oakes, who have headed to York City Knights for a month, drop out of the 19.

Hull KR’s 19-man squad: Hall, Crooks, Keinhorst, Shaw, McGuire, Mulhern, Lunt, Masoe, Tomkins, Hauraki, Garbutt, Atkin, Addy, Lawler, Lannon, Linnett, Drinkwater, Dagger, Maria.

 

HEAD TO HEAD

As mentioned, the two sides only met just a couple of weeks ago in the Challenge Cup where Rovers came out as victors with only their second away win of the season.

They also met earlier in the season where Salford came from behind to come out as winners by 24 points to 22.

You can sense a recurring theme happening between the two sides but with the third meeting being at a neutral ground, it’s tough to predict a clear winner.

 

KEY BATTLE

Ken Sio (Salford) v Ryan Lannon (Hull KR)

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Although both players play in different positions, both Sio and Lannon will be getting some game time after spending the majority of 2019 so far being injured.

Sio has made twice as many appearances as Lannon this season and has scored five tries. Lannon, on the other hand, differs in terms of possession as he has made 122 carries and made eight clean breaks.

It will be an important weekend for both players as they will compete against their former clubs.

 

THE IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date: Sunday 26th May 2019
Venue: Anfield
Kick-off: 1pm
Referee: Ben Thaler

 

WHO WILL WIN?

As mentioned in the head-to-head section, it would be tough to call a clear winner with the fixture taking place at a neutral ground. However I do expect it to be close and see a repeat performance from Hull KR.

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