Sullivan and Lima to return for visit of lukewarm Dragons

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Michael Sullivan and Danny Lima have played their way back into Warrington's first team for today's visit of the Catalans Dragons.

Sullivan, who has yet to establish himself with the Wolves, and Lima, who had played 50 games in a row, were both left out of the side which beat Wigan last week and turned out instead for the Under-21s.

"They are not the first to be rotated and they won't be the last," said the Warrington coach, Paul Cullen. "They both reacted very positively. They have got the spring back in their step and they will both play this weekend." Paul Noone and Mark Hilton are the players to miss out this time. "We are getting what we aimed to have and that is competition for places," Cullen said.

The Catalans, with four defeats since their opening victory over Wigan, have their props, Alex Chan and Chris Beattie, both cleared to play, and the new Dragons head coach, Mick Potter, is confident his side can lift themselves off the bottom of the table.

The 43-year-old Australian, who met up with the players and the rest of the coaching staff when they arrived in England on Thursday, said: "They sent me a couple of DVDs but I was on the plane by then and the only game I've seen was the one against Leeds when I arrived. Hopefully, that's not the best of what they have got. Looking at their body language, they weren't too happy with the performance."

Castleford's prop Danny Sculthorpe admits to feeling a little extra motivation for the visit of Wigan tomorrow after being allowed to leave the JJB Stadium on a season-long loan. He has rediscovered his form and fitness as a big contributor to the Tigers' encouraging start to life back in Super League.

"I can't wait for it," he said. "Wigan are going to be fired up for it after the start to the season that they've had, but we're still the underdogs by a country mile. If we carry on with what we did at Harlequins, though, Wigan could get frustrated and start panicking."

Cas's victory in London means that another win tomorrow will take them four points clear of Wigan. They could have the boost of Willie Manu making his delayed debut, while Wigan are absorbing the bad news that Gareth Hock will be out for another six weeks.

Harlequins, who have seen Mark McLinden's comeback put back again, have added Rob Purdham and Nick Bradley-Qalilawa to their injured list.

Chad Randall, their new hooker from Manly, and Tim Hartley, the young stand-off from Salford, are in line for possible debuts at Huddersfield, who have a fully fit squad with the return of James Evans and Paul Jackson.

Jamie Rooney is back in Wakefield's squad for their match against Hull after a long absence. Hull, on a run of three defeats, have their first-choice wingers, Nathan Blacklock and Gareth Raynor, back and Ewan Dowes ready to strengthen their pack.

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