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Round 7 Preview
Round 7 of Superleague kicks off with a top six clash between undefeated St Helens and Hull FC. Hull have a good record at home in recent encounters against St Helens, but will be looking to improve on their performances of late if they are to compete in this televised match. St Helens will be without fullback Paul Wellens who suffered a facial injury last weekend.
Also on Friday night Bradford host the injury ravaged Wigan side, who have four regular forwards out this week. Wigan look set to include two new midweek player gains in their pack, in Salford's Tim Jonkers and Whitehaven's Oliver Wilkes. Bradford will be without Paul Deacon who has had some minor facial surgery following up his injury from last seasons Tri-Nations.
Saturday nights televised game sees Leeds travel down to London to take on Harlequins. Harlequins sprung an upset away win over Hull as well as an away draw against Bradford earlier in the season, but their form in-between has been ordinary. They are also facing injury problems to key players, and should be no match for a near full-strength Leeds side.
Also on Saturday, Catalans Dragons host the impressive Salford in Perpignan. Catalans will be full of confidence after recording their first win last week under new coach Mick Potter, and their first win without captain Stacey Jones. Salford have been in good form all season, lost narrowly to Leeds in the closing stages last week and currently sit in fourth spot on the table.
In Sunday's matches, Wakefield (who appointed a new chief executive mid week) host Warrington, a game in which both teams will be looking to improve on close losses last start, and grab the two points on offer here. And to close off the round, Castleford (minus the suspended Richard Fa'aoso) host Huddersfield with both sides in good form coming off big wins last weekend.