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  Friday, 12 April, 2002, 14:16 GMT 15:16 UK
Warriors suffer double setback
A mystery illness has deprived Wigan of David Furner and Jamie Ainscough for their match against Castleford in the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Challenge Cup semi-final on Saturday.

Back-row forwards Stephen Wild and Simon Haughton have been drafted into the squad as cover for the stricken pair.

Castleford have ex-Wigan centre Barrie-Jon Mather back after he came through the 74-16 Super League win at Salford unscathed.

Tigers full-back Richard Gay also returned after missing three games with a chest infection.

Mather made a successful comeback from a prolonged lay-off caused by shoulder and foot injuries and looks set to face his old club in the Headingley clash.

Barrie-Jon Mather
Barrie-Jon Mather will face his former club
Nathan Sykes, Dale Fritz and centre Andy Johnson, who missed the Salford rout, are expected to return to face Wigan.

But the influential Jon Wells has failed to recover from a back injury and will not be able to take any part in Sunday's final.

"We're looking very healthy," said coach Graham Steadman although he added that a couple of players would need late fitness checks.

St Helens, meanwhile, have named their team for the match with Leeds on Sunday.

Winger Anthony Stewart and second rower Tim Jonkers have been handed places in the starting line-up by coach Ian Millward.

Sean Hoppe and John Stankevitch are the men to lose their places.

"If you had asked me three weeks ago who would be starting on the left wing, I would have said Sean Hoppe," said Millward.

"But Tony has gone up a gear in the last two games.

Leeds' Chev Walker misses out through injury
Chev Walker misses out through injury

"There's not much between Jonkers and Stankevitch, but since Tim signed his new contract he's gone up a level."

Hooker Keiron Cunningham and Australian props Darren Britt and Peter Shiels also return after injury.

For Leeds, England international Chev Walker is out because of injury while former Saints forward Wayne McDonald has missed out on a chance to face his old team.

Mark Calderwood and Danny Ward are preferred to Karl Pratt and McDonald, who was released by Saints at the end of last season with a year to run on his contract.

Coach Darryl Powell also welcomes back forwards Matt Adamson and Kevin Sinfield as well as scrum-half Ryan Sheridan and centre Tonie Carroll into a full-strength side.


We can be very confident going into this match
Leeds coach Darryl Powell

Walker has failed to recover from a hip injury sustained during Leeds' Super League game against Saints last weekend.

Coach Powell accepts the Yorkshiremen will go into the tie as marginal favourites.

"St Helens are the form team of the four semi-finalists," he said. "But we have a lot of belief in ourselves.

"We know that if we play to our potential, we can be more than a handful for any team.

"In many ways, we're playing fantastic at the moment. We've just got to improve a little.

"We've got four blokes who couldn't play last week when we came up with a performance that almost beat St Helens.

"And that was away from home as well which says a lot about us. We can be very confident going into this match," he said.


Wigan v Castleford - BBC1 Saturday, 13 April 1500 BST
Leeds v St Helens - BBC2 Sunday, 14 April, 1430 BST
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