Super League: Hull KR v Wigan Warriors preview
Last Updated: 15/08/14 4:49pm
Super League returns on Thursday with Hull KR looking to keep their outside hopes of a playoff spot alive against Wigan Warriors at the KC Lightstream Stadium.
The Robins went down to eighth-placed Widnes Vikings before the break for the Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-finals, meaning they are three points adrift of their rivals with four to play.
Champions Wigan come into the game on the back of a 45-4 thumping of Salford City Reds, although they were beaten 16-8 by Bradford Bulls the week before.
Wigan would move to the top of the table with a win against Hull KR on Thursday with current leaders St Helens not playing Wakefield at home 24 hours later.
Hull KR coach Chris Chester has made three-changes to his 19-man squad which suffered defeat to the Vikings in round 23 earlier this month.
Craig Hall, Rhys Lovegrove and Sonny Esslemont are all drafted in to Chester’s squad with Omari Caro, Connor Robinson and centre Kris Welham making way.
“We’ve done a bit of soul searching and had a few heart to hearts. We’re very disappointed, we were dishonest against Widnes and we have addressed that in training over the past two weeks,” Chester told the club’s official website.
“Hopefully we’ll get some kind of reaction. We still believe we can get into the playoffs. There are still eight points up for grabs and we have to make sure we put a good display in on Thursday and get a result.
“It’s a tough ask but I watched the Bradford game in depth and they showed it can be done. They got in their faces early and we have to make sure we have a good start and stay with them.”
Wigan welcome back playmaker Blake Green from injury. The Australian, who is joining Melbourne Storm next season, has not played since rupturing biceps in their Magic Weekend win over Leeds Rhinos.
Eddy Pettybourne also returns after suffering a jaw injury a month ago in 37-16 defeat of Catalan, however, Michael McIlorum and Iain Thornley, who are training with the first team, sit the game out.
"Hull KR is a tough place to go, it is an old style ground and they are a good team,” Wane told the club’s official website.
“They are well coached by Chris Chester who I know well, so he will have them very motivated as they want to get into the top eight and ensure their season does not end in four games time.
“We got our fingers burnt at Bradford and Wakefield, so I am sure we will go there with a good attitude, and our players understand that the games left are all like Grand Finals.”
Hull KR: Burns, Carlile, Chan, Cockayne, Costigan, Cox, Eden, Esslemont, Gardner, Green, Hall, J. Hodgson, Horne, Keating, Larroyer, Lovegrove, Netherton, Salter, A. Walker.Wigan Warriors: Bateman, Bowen, Charnley, Crosby, Dudson, L. Farrell, Flower, Gelling, Green, Hughes, Manfredi, O'Loughlin, Pettybourne, S. Powell, Sarginson, Smith, Taylor, Tomkins, Williams.
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Huddersfield Giants38 - 14Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings46 - 16Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield Wildcats22 - 40Wigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC4 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos10 - 29Warrington Wolves
St Helens34 - 16Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans Dragons32 - 24Hull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan WarriorsvsHull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
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Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
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Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
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Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
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Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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