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  • Meli, Hohaia, Soliola, Turner, Makinson, Swift (3),
    Goals: Turner (7),
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Hull K R

  • Hall, Salter,
    Goals: Dobson,
  • Super League
  • Elimination Play-off
  • 14th Sep 2013
  • KO 17:00
  • Att: 9,926

Super League play-offs preview: St Helens v Hull KR

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You can see all the action from Langtree Park as St Helens takes on Hull KR in Saturday's elimination play-off live from 5pm on Sky Sports 3.

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Week one of the Super League play-offs culminate on Saturday evening as Hull KR travel to Langtree Park to face St Helens in an elimination clash shown live on Sky Sports 3.

The showdown will be the fourth meeting between the sides in 2013 and Saints will be seeking vengeance after losing all three of the previous encounters.

With his side in fine form, Saints head coach Nathan Brown has placed faith in an unchanged squad for the must-win match.

Saints have gathered momentum as the season's climax nears and with eight wins in their last 10 outings, club veteran Paul Wellens believes his side are in pole position as the knockout stages begin.

"Given our inconsistency this season a lot of focus and attention has gone elsewhere," the back told the club's official site.

"But over the last seven or eight weeks we have lost one game and that was down to a poor 20 minute period at the start of the match. We are the form team in the competition and I think we should take a lot of confidence from that."

Brown's men, who were knocked out in the semi-finals last term, have plenty of play-off experience which will be needed if they are to go one better this season and reach the Grand Final.

Rotation

Rovers head coach Craig Sandercock opted to rotate his squad for the final regular season clash and there are subsequently eight changes to the side which lost 34-22 to the London Broncos last weekend.

In the backs, winger David Hodgson and centres Liam Salter and Graeme Horne join the travelling party as Sandercock omits Omari Caro, Chris Heil and Josh Guzdek.

The majority of changes come in the pack as hooker Josh Hodgson and prop Adam Walker are joined by second rowers Con Mika, Cory Paterson and Mickey Paea in the 19-man squad.

With just one win in their last five outings, the Robins will be looking to regain form and Josh Hodgson has issued a warning about the standard expected from his teammates.

"It's a different game to the derby with a different feeling," the forward told the Hull Daily Mail.

"The intensity will be higher than it is for a derby. It's not just another game. It's a play-off game and you have to treat it as that."

Saints enter the play-offs as the higher ranked team with 15 wins propelling them to a fifth-place finish while Hull KR ended the regular season in eighth, five points adrift of their hosts having won just 13.

Saints: Wellens, Turner, Soliola, Meli, Hohaia, Lomax, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Puletua, Wilkin, Manu, Laffranchi, Clough, Jones, Makinson, Walmsley, Swift, Walker, Howarth.

Hull K R: Brown, Cox, Dobson, Griffin, Green, Hall, D. Hodgson, J. Hodgson, Horne, Lovegrove, Mika, Netherton, Paterson, Paea, Salter, Tuimavave, Walker, Welham, Withers.

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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
Today's Results
TimeResult
Super League
Saturday 11th October
St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan
Friday 3rd October
Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington
Thursday 2nd October
St Helens 30 - 12 Catalan Dragons
Friday 26th September
Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalan Dragons
Thursday 25th September
Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington
Saturday 20th September
Leeds 20 - 24 Catalan 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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