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14 Sep 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – St Helens vs Hull FC Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 14th September, 19:45

Where? Totally Wicked Stadium

What channel is it on? St Helens vs Hull FC will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://www.saintsrlfc.com/tickets/match-tickets/

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Amor, Ashworth, Barba, Bentley, Costello, Douglas, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lees, Lomax, Makinson, Percival, Richardson, A. Smith, Taia, Thompson, Welsby, Wilkin

Unavailable: Alex Walmsley, Dom Peyroux, Ryan Morgan, James Roby, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook

  • St Helens left it late to defeat Catalans last time out with Saints benefitting from some contentious refereeing decisions as they closed in on sealing top spot. Saints ran out 22-26 winners in the South of France thanks to a late Morgan Knowles try.

  • Saints will be without influential skipper James Roby as well as Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook due to injuries. James Bentley and Jack Welsby take their places in the 19-man squad.

  • The table toppers require just a point to claim the League Leaders’ Shield and will fancy their chances against a side that they have defeated on all three occasions when facing them in both league and cup competitions this season.

HULL FC

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Abdull, Bienek, Connor, Faraimo, Fash, Hadley, Harris, Lane, Litten, Manu, Matongo, Miloudi, Scott, Talanoa, Taylor, Washbrook

Unavailable: Josh Bowden, Joe Westerman, Albert Kelly, Mark Minichiello, Chris Green, Marc Sneyd, Mickey Paea, Josh Griffin, Jamie Shaul, Danny Houghton, Carlos Tuimavave

  • Hull went down to another defeat last week but showed some character to bounce back after their thrashing at Warrington in their previous game. The Black and Whites lost 8-28 to Castleford as they lost their eighth consecutive game.

  • The news that Jake Connor is back in the squad has been tempered by the withdrawal of three players after that announcement. Danny Houghton, Carlos Tuimavave and Jamie Shaul are all out with Lee Radford stating he has applied to the RFL for special dispensation to register some youngsters to add to his 16-man squad.

  • Last week’s loss equalled Hull’s record losing streak in the league and that could be broken this weekend with the severely weakened side heading to the league leaders.

THE PREDICTION

St Helens can claim the League Leaders’ Shield if they avoid defeat at home to Hull but Saints should be able take that crown in style. The visitors will arrive on a run of eight straight defeats and after suffering even more injuries during the week, Saints can capitalise. The Black and Whites are struggling to field 17 fit players as it stands and that could mean a chance for some youngsters to make their debuts should the RFL ratify it. They put in plenty of effort last week but a long season where they have regularly lost quality has taken its toll with the end of the season not able to come quickly enough. Saints on the other hand have plenty to play for and after last week’s win in the South of France, they edged closer to sealing top spot and they will do that here.

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