No injury to Taulima Tautai

Taulima Tautai
Taulima Tautai

PROP Taulima Tautai should avoid an injury lay-off after his involvement in the battle against Brisbane was cut short.

The ex-Wakefield forward made a big impact in Saturday’s World Club Series before retiring earlier than expected with a back injury.

Tautai is looking likely to get the green-light to play in Wigan’s next fixture – a round three Super League clash at Hull KR on Sunday.

Coach Shaun Wane said: “Taulima should be good, he had a back spasm but we’ve got a few days until we play again, and hopefully he’ll be okay to play.”

Lee Mossop was denied the chance to play a second game for partnering club Workington on Sunday when their Championship fixture against Dewsbury was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch – which may have stalled his comeback.

The England prop had made his return to action from a shoulder injury lay-off the week before.

Wane said: “It would have been good for Lee to play, ideally he needs at least another game under his belt. I’ll probably not risk him this weekend.”

Sam Powell is back in the reckoning after serving a one-game ban.

And Wane will have no fresh suspensions to worry about after the RFL match review panel cited no players from the three World Club Series games over the weekend.

Dragons’ Eto Nabuli, in particular, may feel lucky to have escaped for a high shot on Warrington’s Kevin Penny.