Saturday, 28 April 2007

Quins hope to do double on champions

Quins RL face champions St Helens at home on Sunday afternoon, with both sides coming off the back of comprehensive defeats.

Saints have been somewhat erratic performers this season when compared with their imperious form in 2006. A crushing defeat by Leeds last weekend underlining their vulnerability, but that will be no surprise to the Quins who took the points in the team’s first encounter at the start of the season.

The visitors are likely to be missing winger Ade Gardner with an eye injury sustained in an assault in his home town of Barrow, loose forward Jason Hooper is out for most of the season, Lee Gilmour is likely to be out for a couple of months following surgery on a knee injury, whilst Jon Wilkin has a broken hand. Sean Long is also an injury worry, but is expected to play.

On the home front Quins also have a mini injury crisis with Matt Gafa, David Mills and Henry Paul definitely missing the match, hooker whilst Julien Rinaldi and prop Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook are injury worries but remain in contention to make the seventeen.

Head coach Brian McDermott will be hoping his side can put on a greater performance last weekend’s outing against Huddersfield, and shake off the tiredness that has dogged the side coming out of the hectic Easter schedule.

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