2019 Rugby League Challenge Cup Final – St. Helens vs Warrington Wolves Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is St. Helens vs Warrington Wolves taking place? Saturday 24th August, 15:00

Where is St. Helens vs Warrington Wolves taking place? Wembley Stadium

What channel is St. Helens vs Warrington Wolves on in the UK? BBC One

Where can I stream the match in the UK? This game can be streamed online via the BBC Sport website and app

Where can I get tickets for St. Helens vs Warrington Wolves? https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/challenge-cup-final-tickets/artist/2239157

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Amor, Ashworth, Bentley, Coote, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lomax, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Naiqama, Paulo, Percival, Peyroux, Richardson, Roby, Taia, Thompson, Walmsley

Unavailable: Matty Lees, Aaron Smith

  • St. Helens return to Wembley for their first Challenge Cup final since 2008 when they won the trophy for the third year in a row as they look to add their second trophy of the season to the League Leaders’ Shield they have already claimed in the Super League.

  • Saints will hope to have Lachlan Coote, James Roby and Alex Walmsley fit after they have all missed games in recent weeks and their inclusion in the 19-man squad suggests that they will feature.

  • Morgan Knowles, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Junior Paulo will also return having missed out last week but there is no place in the 19 for the unfortunate Matty Lees who is out with an injury whilst Aaron Smith picked up a suspension last week.

WARRINGTON WOLVES

Head Coach: Steve Price

Squad: Akauola, Charnley, D. Clark, J. Clark, Cooper, Currie, Davis, Goodwin, Hill, Hughes, King, Lineham, Livett, Mamo, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Westwood

Unavailable: Blake Austin, Matty Smith

  • Warrington will come into their third Challenge Cup final in four years on the back of a poor run of form in Super League that has seen them lose their last five with their Challenge Cup semi-final win over Hull FC the only win to break that run.

  • All eyes will be on Warrington stand-off Blake Austin who has been left out of the 19-man squad because of an ankle injury and whilst he will be given as much time as possible to prove his fitness, it appears the game will come too soon for him.

  • Warrington cannot select recent signing Matty Smith in his place as he is ineligible but in better news for Wire, Josh Charnley and Jack Hughes are both named in the 19-man squad after overcoming injuries.

THE PREDICTION

Warrington will appear in their third Challenge Cup final in four years but will be hoping for a different result to their last two visits. They face a white hot St. Helens team that have the treble in their sights this season and they can clinch their second trophy of the year here. The loss of Blake Austin for Warrington is huge and will be difficult to overcome for the Wolves and with glorious conditions forecast, St. Helens could really open up with their expansive brand of rugby.

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