AFTER a week that threatened to throw Super League’s carefully constructed restart into chaos, focus can finally switch back to action on the field.

Warrington Wolves will take on Huddersfield Giants on Saturday as planned – albeit slightly later than billed with kick off pushed back to 6.30pm – and for that alone, they are grateful.

With news of eight positive coronavirus tests coming from Hull FC – six players and two members of staff – it hit home how delicate the current situation is.

The Black and Whites and Salford Red Devils, the team they played on Sunday, are out of action for this weekend at least.

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Sunday's game between Salford and Hull FC is at the centre of a coronavirus outbreak. Picture by

However, heads were put together, a revised schedule was conjured and for now, the show goes on.

“It came as a total shock when it came through on Tuesday night,” Wire head coach Steve Price said.

“There was a lot of conversation around it on Wednesday morning among the boys and we feel really sorry for the guys who have actually tested positive.

“We’re just fortunate that we’re still playing this week. We’ve got a strict Covid officer here and strict protocols around our organisation.

“We’re excited to still be playing on Saturday. The time’s been delayed but it is what it is and we have to get on with it.”

This week’s events have brought Super League’s current testing schedule – players are currently tested once a week – under review.

Increased testing and stricter rules on the movement of players similar to those seen in the NRL have been mooted as potential solutions to avoid an outbreak on this scale happening again

“We’ll do whatever it takes here to keep the game afloat. It’s really important that we finish the season,” Price said.

“It’s a dangerous disease that’s affecting the whole world. We know the severity of it and our players have been class around it.

“It’s important we keep being diligent with our social distancing, not just inside the organisation but externally.

“That’s all we can worry about. We can’t concern ourselves with anything else.

“If the RFL came out and said we have to go into bubbles like the NRL do, that’s a conversation we would have to have as a playing and coaching group.”

While there will naturally be concern about the situation in Hull, minds must now focus on facing the Giants behind closed doors at St Helens’ Totally Wicked Stadium.

In terms of personnel, it is likely to be one in, one out as Price gains second rower Ben Murdoch-Masila but loses centre Anthony Gelling.

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Ben Murdoch-Masila is back for The Wire but Anthony Gelling is suspended. Picture by Mike Boden

Murdoch-Masila is fit again after an ankle injury kept him out of Saturday’s 40-10 restart win over Hull KR, but Gelling has picked up a two-game suspension for the dangerous tackle that saw him sin-binned in the same game.

Huddersfield started the season brightly pre-Covid with new half-back Aidan Sezer to the fore and while that may have shocked many, it did not surprise Price.

“I’m certainly not surprised – they have a quality team,” he said.

“They look much fitter and stronger than they did pre-Covid, I feel.

“They’ve got a great half-back in Aidan and a really strong forward pack.

“Adam O’Brien at number nine doesn’t get many raps but he is a really solid performer. We’re going to have to be on high alert.

“The focus is improving our game and minimising our errors when we have the football.

“If we do that, we’re going to have an even better chance.”

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Aidan Sezer, left, and Adam O'Brien have been picked out as threats in the Huddersfield ranks. Picture by