Friday, 18 May 2007

Quins face the Wire

Quins RL go into tomorrow’s away match against an erratic Warrington Wolves side on the back of a mini injury crisis. Star players Scott Hill and Henry Paul will both miss the game, as will young prop Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook, whilst former Kangaroo Richard Villasanti is still yet to make his first grade debut.

Mark McLinden is expected to start at scrumhalf with Danny Orr at standoff, skipper Rob Purdham is likely to slot in to the loose forward slot, with Chris Melling at fullback. Up front Karl Temata and Daniel Heckenberg will probably lead the pack, with David Mills and Jon Grayshon coming off the bench.

Warrington, who won 12 – 19 at The Stoop back in March, are themselves just getting over their own injury crisis and will welcome back prop Paul Wood although standoff Chris Bridge and hooker/halve Michael Sullivan remain on the injured list.

The two sides both go into the game having won their last two games (one Super League and one Challenge Cup) but prior to that Warrington had a poor run of four Super League defeats at the height of their injury crisis.

The key figures in the Warrington side will be mercurial skipper Lee Briers, former St Helens and Kiwi international back rower Vinnie Anderson, and Great Britain internationals Paul Johnson and Martin Gleeson who provide one of the most balanced centre pairings in the league.

The game will be a big ask for the Quins, but a win is likely to cement their place in the top six

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