Super League: Sunday highlights and team news as Round 19 closes | News about rugby league
We take a look at what’s being said and cover the team news as Round 19 of the Betfred Super League season closes with two games on Sunday…
Salford Red Devils vs Catalans Dragons (3pm)
Brodie Croft has revealed how moving to Salford has helped him rediscover his love of rugby ahead of Sunday’s visit to the Catalans Dragons.
The 24-year-old defender moved to the Red Devils after two difficult seasons with the Brisbane Broncos, where he admitted the club’s difficulties and the criticism he faced had caused him to lose interest.
Although he never let his work ethic drop, Croft has felt revived since his move to the Super League and a string of spectacular performances for Salford has come to life. him under head coach Paul Rowley.
“It never got to the point where I thought ‘I don’t want to play anymore’, but I got to the point where I don’t enjoy the rugby league anymore,” Croft told. Exit the alliance audio file.
“You play hard when you have a good feeling and a good feeling. You train not just because it’s work, but because you enjoy it and you want to improve yourself, and I don’t feel that way.
“One thing I want to do when I come here is to go back to enjoying my football and my training, and that’s what I feel with this group at Salford at the club.
“I was hoping I’d enjoy it, but I don’t think I’ll ever get this excitement back.
Croft scored an impressive solo effort for the Reds at Magic Weekend, although they were beaten 30-18 by the Huddersfield Giants to quell their hopes of making the playoffs.
They host a Dragons team with the aim of recovering from a 36-10 defeat to Warrington Wolves at St James’ Park and victory will lift the French side back above Huddersfield to third.
The Catalan side’s head coach Steve McNamara remains without a number of key players, including captain Benjamin Garcia following a horrific ear injury in the loss to Wolves, but welcomes Dean Whare, Julian Bousquet and Sam Kasiano returns to the squad to face the Red Devils.
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Salford Red Devils: Ryan Brierley, Ken Sio, Kallum Watkins, Tim Lafai, Joe Burgess, Brodie Croft, Marc Sneyd, Andy Ackers, Greg Burke, Elijah Taylor, Danny Addy, Ryan Lannon, Chris Atkin, Jack Ormondroyd, Rhys Williams, Sam Luckley, Deon Cross , Alex Gerrard, Ben Hellewell.
Tales of Dragons of Catalans: Samisoni Langi, Dean Whare, Fouad Yaha, Mitchell Pearce, Josh Drinkwater, Gil Dudson, Julian Bousquet, Matt Whitley, Alrix Da Costa, Benjamin Jullien, Paul Seguier, Mickael Goudemand, Matthieu Laguerre, Arthur Romano, Tyrone May, Corentin Le Cam, Mathieu Cozza, Cesar Rouge, Joe Chan, Sam Kasiano, Sam Tomkins.
Hull Kingston Rovers vs Wakefield Trinity (3pm)
Quiet man Jorge Taufua made a big impression at Wakefield as the quarterback prepared for a likely debut against Hull KR on Sunday.
The former Manly Sea Eagles returned to link up with his new teammates earlier this week and went straight into the 21-man squad for the Sewell Group trip to Craven Park.
Trinity is aiming to bounce back from a 38-26 defeat to bottom team Toulouse Olympique at Magic Weekend and head coach Willie Poching believes Taufua can make an impact if he makes his debut.
“He’s a man of few words, but his actions speak volumes for what he’s done and how he’s integrated into the team,” Poching said.
“He steps back, he watches, he learns, he asks questions and you can feel the excitement of talking to him about an opportunity if he gets to play this week. “
Hull KR are also looking to return to victory, they have now won just one of their last nine after a controversial 34-28 defeat to Hull FC in the Newcastle derby.
Frankie Halton and Albert Vete are both out after suffering injuries in that game, but loan signing Sam Royle will feature in Danny McGuire’s 21-man squad alongside returning duo George King and Ryan Hall.
“Things are not rosy, and that’s why I said when I took over,” interim head coach McGuire said in his pre-match press conference. “I did it again this week, and the boys get it.
“We all know where we are on the board, and we are in a situation where we need to win a rugby game.”
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Hull Kingston Rovers: Lachlan Coote, Ben Crooks, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Ryan Hall, Matt Parcell, George King, Dean Hadley, Jez Litten, Korbin Sims, Elliot Minchella, Jimmy Keinhorst, Will Dagger, Mikey Lewis, Rowan Milnes, Will Maher, Ethan Ryan, Sam Wood, Greg Richards, Will Tate, Zach Fishwick, Sam Royle.
Wakefield Trinity: Max Jowitt, Jacob Miller, Mason Lino, Eddie Battye, Liam Hood, Tinirau Arona, Matty Ashurst, Kelepi Tanginoa, Jay Pitts, Jordy Crowther, Jai Whitbread, James Batcosterone, Lee Gaskell, Jack Croft, Brad Walker, Harry Bowes, Lewis Murphy , Corey Hall, David Fifita, Josh Bowden, Jorge Taufua.