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  • First Utility Super League
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Super League returns on Thursday with Hull KR looking to keep their outside hopes of a playoff spot alive against Wigan Warriors at the KC Lightstream Stadium.

The Robins went down to eighth-placed Widnes Vikings before the break for the Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-finals, meaning they are three points adrift of their rivals with four to play.

Champions Wigan come into the game on the back of a 45-4 thumping of Salford City Reds, although they were beaten 16-8 by Bradford Bulls the week before.

Wigan would move to the top of the table with a win against Hull KR on Thursday with current leaders St Helens not playing Wakefield at home 24 hours later.

Hull KR coach Chris Chester has made three-changes to his 19-man squad which suffered defeat to the Vikings in round 23 earlier this month.

Craig Hall, Rhys Lovegrove and Sonny Esslemont are all drafted in to Chester’s squad with Omari Caro, Connor Robinson and centre Kris Welham making way.

“We’ve done a bit of soul searching and had a few heart to hearts. We’re very disappointed, we were dishonest against Widnes and we have addressed that in training over the past two weeks,” Chester told the club’s official website.

Playoffs aim

“Hopefully we’ll get some kind of reaction. We still believe we can get into the playoffs. There are still eight points up for grabs and we have to make sure we put a good display in on Thursday and get a result.

“It’s a tough ask but I watched the Bradford game in depth and they showed it can be done. They got in their faces early and we have to make sure we have a good start and stay with them.”

Wigan welcome back playmaker Blake Green from injury. The Australian, who is joining Melbourne Storm next season, has not played since rupturing biceps in their Magic Weekend win over Leeds Rhinos.

Eddy Pettybourne also returns after suffering a jaw injury a month ago in 37-16 defeat of Catalan, however, Michael McIlorum and Iain Thornley, who are training with the first team, sit the game out.

"Hull KR is a tough place to go, it is an old style ground and they are a good team,” Wane told the club’s official website.

“They are well coached by Chris Chester who I know well, so he will have them very motivated as they want to get into the top eight and ensure their season does not end in four games time.

“We got our fingers burnt at Bradford and Wakefield, so I am sure we will go there with a good attitude, and our players understand that the games left are all like Grand Finals.”

Hull KR: Burns, Carlile, Chan, Cockayne, Costigan, Cox, Eden, Esslemont, Gardner, Green, Hall, J. Hodgson, Horne, Keating, Larroyer, Lovegrove, Netherton, Salter, A. Walker.

Wigan Warriors: Bateman, Bowen, Charnley, Crosby, Dudson, L. Farrell, Flower, Gelling, Green, Hughes, Manfredi, O'Loughlin, Pettybourne, S. Powell, Sarginson, Smith, Taylor, Tomkins, Williams.

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Super League Table

Super League Table - September 14 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 27 38
2 Wigan Warriors 27 37
3 Huddersfield Giants 27 37
4 Castleford Tigers 27 36
5 Warrington Wolves 27 35
6 Leeds Rhinos 27 32
7 Catalans Dragons 27 29
8 Widnes Vikings 27 27
9 Hull K R 27 23
10 Salford Red Devils 27 23
11 Hull FC 27 22
12 Wakefield Wildcats 27 21
13 Bradford Bulls * 27 10
14 London Broncos 27 2
Forthcoming First Utility Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
First Utility Super League
Thursday 5th February
20:00Widnes vs Wigan
Friday 6th February
20:00St Helens vs Catalans Dragons
Sunday 8th February
15:00Huddersfield vs Hull
15:00Warrington vs Salford
15:00Hull K R vs Leeds
15:30Castleford vs Wakefield
Thursday 12th February
20:00Salford vs St Helens
Friday 13th February
20:00Hull vs Warrington
20:00Leeds vs Widnes
20:00Wigan vs Huddersfield
Today's Results
TimeResult
First Utility Super League
Saturday 11th October
St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan
Friday 3rd October
Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington
Thursday 2nd October
St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons
Friday 26th September
Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons
Thursday 25th September
Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington
Saturday 20th September
Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons
Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes
Friday 19th September
St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford
Thursday 18th September
Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield
Sunday 14th September
Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R

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