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29 Jun 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – St Helens vs Wakefield Trinity Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 29th June, 19:45

Where? Totally Wicked Stadium

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

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

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Ashworth, Barba, Douglas, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lees, Lomax, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Morgan, Percival, Peyroux, Richardson, Roby, Smith, Taia, Thompson, Wilkin

Unavailable: Alex Walmsley, Kyle Amor

  • St Helens won a thrilling game with Leeds in their last encounter. Saints were six points behind with as many minutes remaining but a Ryan Morgan converted try drew Saints level before Danny Richardson coolly slotted a drop goal to seal a 22-23 win.

  • Justin Holbrook has named an unchanged 19-man squad with front row pairing Alex Walmsley and Kyle Amor the only two players missing.

  • St Helens have now won seven Super League matches in a row and face the last side to beat them in Wakefield who defeated Saints 24-20 back in April.

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Annakin, Arona, Ashurst, Batchelor, Caton-Brown, England, Fifita, Finn, Hampshire, Hirst, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Jowitt, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: Jordan Crowther, Joe Arundel, Craig Huby, Justin Horo, Danny Kirmond

  • Wakefield secured a valuable two points against Widnes last week that should seal their place in the Super 8s. Trinity were too good for their opponents and were able to score points regularly as they won by 44 points to 22.

  • Liam Finn is named in the 19-man squad after a sustained spell out of the side. He replaces skipper Danny Kirmond who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

  • Wakefield have only won three of their eight Super League matches on the road this season and have only won one of their last five away from home.

THE PREDICTION

St Helens will be looking to continue their winning streak and will be seeking revenge against the last side to defeat them in Wakefield. Saints have won seven consecutive Super League contests since that defeat whilst Wakefield didn’t really kick on after that shock win. Trinity are fairly comfortable in sixth place and shouldn’t get dragged into the battle to avoid the Middle 8s but their position could look more precarious if they are to lose here and other results go against them this weekend. Saints left it late in their last encounter against Leeds and will need to improve on that performance but the week off could do them good and they can claim an eighth straight Super League win here.

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