A Carney-less Catalans in England
Sure, they were without Todd Carney for last weekend’s game against Widnes in Perpignan, but this weekend, Catalans will be without their mercurial half-back for a trip to England. Recently though, visits across the Channel haven’t been as daunting for the Dragons, who are aiming for a fourth successive league win on the road in England. Doing so against Hull KR would boost their top-four credentials no end – but will Thomas Bosc and Richie Myler be able to carry the Dragons to success?
How will Huddersfield shuffle their pack?
The Giants are still rooted to the bottom of the table after the opening nine games of 2016, but they are at least able to potentially rejig their side ahead of Friday’s trip to Hull. With Gene Ormsby coming in, it means he could slot on the wing, allowing Aaron Murphy to move into the centres and Joe Wardle into the pack. Of course, Murphy could go to fullback and Ryan Brierley could go into the halves, or Ormsby himself could go to centre. Confused? So are we. Still, at least Paul Anderson has the luxury of options at his disposal as they look to move off the foot of Super League this weekend.
Salford attempting to end their Leeds hoodoo
This week’s five things features a superb stat concerning Salford and Leeds. Not since 1993 have the Red Devils won a home game against the Rhinos, when they were playing at The Willows and recording a 23-12 Regal Trophy success. Since then, Leeds have won 20 consecutive games at Salford – but surely that record could come to an end on Saturday? The Red Devils will fancy a big scalp on Saturday against an out-of-sorts Leeds side, you feel.
Wakefield’s best chance to beat Wigan in years?
Amazingly, Wakefield have won only seven of the 38 meetings between the Wildcats and Wigan in Super League history – but surely they have a fantastic chance to make it eight this Sunday? Not only are the Wildcats in red-hot form, but the Warriors are seriously down on troops, with injuries, illness and suspension all playing a part. Can Chris Chester’s side pick up another win to potentially move into the top eight?
Can Widnes return to form?
As impressive as Widnes’ start to the season was, their form over Easter was certainly concerning. They remain inside the top four of Super League, but you feel this weekend’s game at home to Castleford is a big one for the Vikings.