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09 Mar 2018 by TSZ

2018 Super League – Warrington Wolves vs St Helens Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 9th March, 19:45

Where? The Halliwell Jones 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://shop.warringtonwolves....

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WARRINGTON WOLVES

Head Coach: Steve Price

Squad: Atkins, K. Brown, M. Brown, Clark, Cooper, Crosby, Goodwin, Hill, Hughes, G. King, T. King, Lineham, Livett, Murdoch-Masila, Philbin, Ratchford, Roberts, Smith, Westwood

Unavailable: Matty Russell, Ben Currie, Sitaleki Akauola, Declan Patton

  • Warrington nearly produced a brilliant comeback against Hull FC last week but fell short towards the end as the Black and Whites held on to win 21-12. Warrington weren’t helped by Declan Patton’s red card early in the second half.
  • Head coach Steve Price must do without Patton and Sitaleki Akauola who have both been suspended with the former set to miss five-games. Kevin Brown makes a timely return to the squad with Patton missing whilst Harvey Livett also returns.
  • Those two suspensions have only served to highlight a disciplinary issue for Warrington with them conceding a total of 49 penalties in five games so far this season.

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

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

Unavailable: Morgan Knowles, Jon Wilkin

  • St Helens continued their impressive start to the season as they maintained their 100% record with a convincing win over Salford in which they prevented their opponents from scoring a try.
  • Justin Holbrook has made just one change to his 19-man squad with Jon Wilkin sitting out after suffering a head knock last week. Matty Lees takes his place.
  • Saints are scoring an average of 31.8 points per game so far this season whilst also conceding just 8 points per game, both of which are the best figures in the league. The early pacesetters will be looking to extend their lead at the top whilst continuing to post impressive numbers in the process.

THE PREDICTION

Warrington’s inconsistent start to the season continued last week as they were defeated by Hull with even more frustration coming for them as they looked a better side when they had been reduced to 12-men. St Helens continue to look like the side to beat as they downed Salford without conceding a try and looked like they still have plenty of improvement in them. Saints should continue their winning start to the season here with Warrington still searching for some consistency.

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