Subjects of dialog for the Tremendous League on Friday
Ian Watson is aiming for a strong end to the season for Salford, starting with Friday's clash with Wigan
We take a look at what will be said when Wigan Warriors face Salford Red Devils and Leeds Rhinos face St. Helens in Friday's Super League games, live on Sky Sports.
Wigan Warriors v Salford Red Devils (5:30 p.m.)
Ian Watson has undoubtedly stated that he will not let his Salford players slack off as the Super League season draws to a close.
Red Devils' Challenge Cup hopes were thwarted by a drop goal from Luke Gale in their 17:16 loss to Leeds in the final at Wembley on Saturday. Now they return to the league against Wigan.
Wigan Warriors versus Salford Red Devils
October 23, 2020, 5:15 p.m.
Head coach Watson has urged his squad to maintain their high standards during a busy period until the end of the regular season in mid-November.
"Of course we had a massive disappointment over the weekend, but we got it over with pretty quickly," said Watson.
"We know it's a quick turnaround but our mentality is that we're going to play Wigan to win.
"After the Challenge Cup final, it probably felt a bit like the end of the season so we all had a chat about it and where we needed to go as a team. We need to make sure our standards stay high." ""
Watson will let Chris Atkin run in half after losing Kevin Brown to an ankle injury for the remainder of the season.
Wigan, meanwhile, is skippered by Sean O'Loughlin, who has a sore Achilles tendon, but center Oliver Gildart is set to return and Adrian Lam has strikers Tony Clubb, George Burgess and Ben Flower in the front row after recovering from an injury Has.
The Warriors are returning for the first time since positive Covid-19 tests on the squad postponed the clash with Catalans Dragons, but the head coach is pleased with how his team has dealt with the circumstances.
"Like everything that has done to us this year, we as a club are glad that we handled it well," said Lam.
"I'm really happy that we have a variety of players to choose from. We haven't really been in that position all season, especially since the suspension."
Wigan Warriors: Zak Hardaker, Oliver Gildart, Joe Burgess, Bevan French, Tommy Leuluai, Tony Clubb, Sam Powell, George Burgess, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Joe Greenwood, Morgan Smithies, Oliver Partington, Joe Bullock, Dom Manfredi, Jake Bibby , Harry Smith, Jackson Hastings, Joe Shorrocks, Brad Singleton
Salford Red Devils: Niall Evalds, Ed Chamberlain, Krisnan Inu, Tui Lolohea, Lee Mossop, Joey Lussick, Gil Dudson, Pauli Pauli, Tyrone McCarthy, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Greg Burke, Luke Yates, Chris Atkin, Mark Flanagan, James Greenwood, Rhys Williams, Elliot Kear , Oliver Roberts, Andy Ackers, Kallum Watkins and Oliver Ashall-Bolt.
St. Helens v Leeds Rhinos (7.45pm)
Richard Agar believes Leeds' Challenge Cup exploits will have an impact on their chances of hitting the top 4 in the Super League.
St Helens versus Leeds Rhinos
October 23, 2020, 7:45 p.m.
The rhinos lifted the trophy for the first time since 2015 last Saturday, but there's no slacking off for them as they enter a busy phase with little rest for the roster.
Head coach Agar warned his side when they face St. Helens on Friday but have vowed there will be no slacking off if they are looking to secure a place in the play-offs.
"It's a big challenge," said Agar. "We really want to be in the top four, but I think things have turned out in a very difficult way for us.
"We have had a very exhausting and emotional weekend and now we have six games in 17 days.
"We have a squad that has a certain depth. If we could do it it would be a tremendous achievement and we will do damn well."
At least 10 members of the team that won the Challenge Cup need to rest while Adam Cuthbertson, who moves to York City Knights at the end of the season, could have made his final appearance at Rhinos after a broken shoulder.
Saints head coach Kristian Woolf is only making one change to his squad. James Graham is back after isolating himself and replacing young Jack Wingfield.
The reigning champions go into the final round of games at the top of the Super League table and Morgan Knowles in the back row is determined to stay there.
"In all games towards the end we play some of our rivals and Leeds are definitely one of them," Knowles told Saints TV.
"To get the result against them and get a few points on them, we're getting closer to the League Leaders' shield and the best place for the play-offs."
St. Helens: Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Zeb Taia, Dom Peyroux, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Morgan Knowles, Matty Lees, Kyle Amor, Aaron Smith, James Bentley, Jack Welsby, Joe Batchelor, Josh Simm, Lewis Dodd and James Graham.
Leeds Rhinos: Luke Briscoe, Jack Broadbent, James Donaldson, Brad Dwyer, Levi Edwards, Rhys Evans, Corey Hall, James Harrison, Robert Lui, Callum McLelland, Ritchie Myler, Jarrod O & # 39; Connor, Mikolaj Oledzki, Avagalu Seumanufagai, Cameron Smith, Alex Sutcliffe, Bodene Thompson, Liam Tindall, Jack Walker, Sam Walters and Tom Holroyd.