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Kirk back in 21-man squad for Thunder game

Liam Kirk
Liam Kirk

PROP Liam Kirk, who has missed the last four games with a head injury (concussion), is back in the Roughyeds' 21-man squad for Sunday’s last home game of the season against Newcastle Thunder at Bower Fold (3pm).

Fellow-prop Tyler Dupree, who was concussed against Featherstone and didn’t play in last week’s game at Widnes, is also included.

Kirk relaces Jode Sheriffe in the only change to last week’s provisional 21.

Squad: D Abram, J Abram, Bent, Bridge, Brierley, Charnock, Dupree, Gregory, Hartley, Hewitt, Holcroft, Ince, Jinks, Joy, Kirk, Langtree, Nelmes, Owen, Reilly, Roberts, Spence.

The side is sure to show significant changes from that beaten 40-6 at Newcastle in June because four players who were in the side at Kingston Park — centre Ben Heaton, half-back James Barran, second-row man Shaun Pick and sub forward Matthew Fletcher, now at Dewsbury Rams — are not in the 21, most of them because of injury

Those in the 21 who didn’t play in the North-East include Gareth Owen, Danny Bridge, Tyler Dupree, Dave Hewitt and on-loan Harvey Spence.

Prop Phil Joy, fully fit now, fractured an elbow at Newcastle in only his second game back after missing the first ten with other injuries.

Several of the Thunder players have been full time for much of this season and the club will go fully full time in the autumn, having previously announced publicly that they aim to be enjoying Super League status and success within the next few years.

Young centre Sam Halsall, on loan from Wigan, was named their man of the match at Kingston Park, but it was half-back Josh Woods, also from Wigan, who did most of the damage.

He was the dominant partner in a half-back combination with Jake Shorrocks, yet another Wiganer.

Shorrocks and Woods were the Thunder halves last Sunday when York City Knights won 29-16 in the North-East.

Despite their wealth, their links with Wigan through Denis Betts, and their vast Super League experience, they’ve lost 11 of their 18 Championship games — proof yet again of burgeoning tier-two standards and abilities.

Under-16s go FREE to Sunday’s Bower Fold game, while normal admission prices apply to everyone else. Tickets can be bought online via the Roughyeds ticket page or fans can pay at the turnstiles.

Round 21 — Sunday September 12, 2021
3.00PM
Bower Fold, Stalybridge

Squads


Dan Abram
1
2
Jack Johnson
Tommy Brierley
2
4
Kieran Gill
Ryan Ince
5
5
Calum Turner
Lewis Charnock
6
6
Jake Shorrocks
Dave Hewitt
7
7
Josh Woods
Phil Joy
8
8
Nathan Wilde
Gareth Owen
9
10
Kyle Trout
Danny Langtree
11
11
Ukuma Ta’ai
Liam Bent
12
13
Liam McEvoy
Martyn Reilly
13
14
Evan Simons
Luke Nelmes
15
15
Ted Chapelhow
Tyler Dupree
16
16
Jay Chapelhow
Liam Kirk
17
17
Connor Bailey
Max Roberts
24
18
Alex Clegg
Danny Bridge
25
20
Cole Oakley
Ben Holcroft
27
21
Reece Dean
Joe Hartley
28
26
Kieran Hudson
Declan Gregory
30
27
Alex Donaghy
Jamie Abram
33
29
Isaac Nokes
Brad Jinks
37
30
Jake Anderson
Harvey Spence
39
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Tom Spencer

Match Officials


  • Referee: J Smith
  • Touch Judge: C Sharrad
  • Touch Judge: S Ellis

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