Unavailable: Alex Walmsley, Jonny Lomax, Luke Thompson, Jon Wilkin
St Helens prepared for their semi-final against Warrington by beating the same side last week. They were comfortable winners as they laid down a marker for the rest of the season with a 14-34 victory.
Justin Holbrook welcomes back James Roby in a timely boost ahead of next week’s semi-finals. Matty Costello and Jake Spedding also receive call-ups to the 19-man squad as Jon Wilkin, Luke Thompson and Jonny Lomax are afforded a week off.
Saints will end the season with the best attacking record in the competition and could also head into the semi-finals with the best defence. They have scored 30 points per game on average this season whilst only Wigan have conceded fewer points with the difference between the two standing at just three points.
Unavailable: Alex Foster, Matt Cook, Oliver Holmes, Greg Eden, Mike McMeeken, Junior Moors, Michael Shenton
Castleford won their final home game of 2018 in comfortable style as they easily saw off Wakefield last week. The Tigers were too good in attack whilst they also showed some good signs defensively as they claimed a 42-10 win.
Daryl Powell has opted to rest some key players ahead of next week’s semi-finals with Greg Eden, Mike McMeeken and Junior Moors all left out whilst Michael Shenton misses out with the injury he sustained last week. Joe Wardle, Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e and Jamie Ellis all return from injury whilst Lewis Peachey could also come into the side.
Castleford have now won five games in a row as they prepare for next week’s huge trip to Wigan. The Tigers would like another win on the board in preparation for that game
St Helens showed some of their early-season form as they dispatched Warrington last week and will be hoping to improve on their three-match winning run here as they host Castleford. Both of these will compete in next week’s semi-finals against different opposition and have opted to rest players as a result. That could make for a more open game with neither needing the points to make a difference to their league position. This could be a rehearsal of the Grand Final if both teams come through their respective semi-finals but with this week in mind, it’s Saints that can end their impressive season with their 26th
win of the campaign.