Brown wields axe but refuses to take the blame for loss

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Huddersfield coach Nathan Brown is set to make sweeping changes following Monday's shock defeat at Salford. Brown left out Brett Hodgson, Eorl Crabtree, Lee Gilmour, Keith Mason and David Fa'alogo, but all five are in the squad to face Castleford tomorrow. He said the team that played at The Willows were "not hungry enough" but refused to blame his selection.

"Several of those who will be back on Friday could have played, at a pinch at Salford, but it's a long, hard season," he said."If I had my time again I would have selected the same team."

Wigan hope to have Amos Roberts back within two months after a scan revealed the extent of his Easter Monday injury. The full-back was feared to have broken his leg against Wakefield. Instead, he has been diagnosed with a rupture of the posterior cruciate ligament, an injury that normally means an eight-week lay-off.

"Amos has been enjoying his football and has been doing a great job for us, but we've got some good people who can come into the side," said the Wigan coach, Michael Maguire.