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29 Mar 2018 by TSZ

2018 Super League – St Helens vs Wigan Warriors Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 30th March, 15:15

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/tic...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

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

Unavailable: Alex Walmsley, Adam Swift

  • St Helens returned to winning ways last week with a professional performance over Hull KR. Having suffered their first loss of the season in the previous week to Leeds, Saints bounced back with a comfortable win, claiming a 6-30 victory.
  • Justin Holbrook has made just one change to his side with Adam Swift making way after picking up a shoulder injury. Ryan Morgan returns having had a spell on the sidelines.
  • St Helens have won 10 home Super League games from their last 13 but that might count for nothing when hosting their most fierce rivals and will be wary that Wigan won on this ground on their previous visit in the Super 8s last season.

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Bateman, Burgess, Clubb, Davies, Farrell, Flower, Gildart, Isa, Leuluai, Marshall, Navarrete, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sutton, Tautai, J. Tomkins, S. Tomkins, Williams, Woods

Unavailable: Dan Sarginson, Gabe Hamlin, Morgan Escaré

  • Wigan’s impressive start to the season continued as they thumped Huddersfield last week by 48 points to 10. The Warriors sit just two points behind their opponents in this game and can leapfrog them into first-place with a win by 14 points or more although the Warriors also have a game in hand.
  • Shaun Wane will be without Morgan Escaré who misses out with a virus whilst Gabe Hamlin also drops out. Romain Navarette returns to the 19-man squad alongside Josh Woods.
  • Wigan won two of the three derbies last season and will be eager to get one over their rivals in their first encounter this season, especially if it means they can overtake St Helens at the top of the table.

THE PREDICTION

In this mouth-watering Good Friday clash between St Helens and Wigan, not only is pride at stake but the potential to be top of the league by the end of the day. St Helens currently lead the way in Super League but in this top-of-the-table clash, Wigan could overhaul their opponents if they can win by 14 points or more. That is likely to be in the mind of Wigan head coach Shaun Wane and with his side averaging 30.7 points per game this season, he’ll believe his side can do it. However, Saints have also been free-scoring this season and are averaging only slightly less with 29.6 points per game. Those might count for little in this one with defences potentially coming out on top with both evenly matched in that respect too. This should be a brilliant contest with either side capable of winning but Wigan might just edge this one.

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