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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Parker to miss Whitehaven's trip to Rochdale

World Cup centre Jessie Joe Parker will miss Whitehaven’s trip to Rochdale tomorrow (3pm) after picking up a hip injury in training.

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The PNG ace was hurt in a contested session with the young pros from Cumbria Academy and will be replaced by teenage prospect Jordan Burns.

“He got a knee in the hip from one of the young fellas the other week,” said coach Dave Woods. “It was really sore that night and he was buckled over.

“It came out in a massive bruise, it was unbelievable, and it’s still really tender to touch.”

Woods reckons Parker will be missed but is confident Burns can again step up.

“It’s such a wide pitch at Rochdale, being a soccer pitch, and when Jessie gets one-on-one with a player he will beat him most times, but Jordan runs good line and he can also score tries. This is an opportunity for him,” added Woods.

Burns has made a flying start to his pro career, scoring four tries in his opening three games, but he was left out of Haven’s win at Barrow two weeks ago.

“We thought with that game being such a big one, we didn’t want to put extra pressure on Jordan,” the coach added. “It’s all part of his programme.

“He has been told he will be filtered in and out, and to play his best every time he plays.”

Haven’s St Helens pair Jordan Hand and Carl Forster will feature and are likely to be up against club-mates from the Super League pacesetters, who partner Rochdale.

Saints youngsters James Tilley and Alex Clare have both being turning out for Rochdale, and Woods reckons the Hornets may have a couple more in from Langtree Park tomorrow.

“Our two boys from Saints will want to show coach Nathan Brown they should be playing Super League,” he continued.

“They know people from Saints will be watching. They trained with us on Thursday night and were outstanding again.

“Everything they do is really professional, and they want to do well for us. If they do well enough to get pulled in to Super League it will be great for them, and it will mean they have played well for us.”

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