2020 World Club Challenge – St. Helens vs Sydney Roosters Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is St. Helens vs Sydney Roosters taking place? Saturday 22nd February, 2020 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is St. Helens vs Sydney Roosters taking place? Totally Wicked Stadium

What is the expected weather for St. Helens vs Sydney Roosters? 7c with showers expected

What channel is St. Helens vs Sydney Roosters on? Sky Sports Action

Where can I stream St. Helens vs Sydney Roosters? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for St. Helens vs Sydney Roosters? Tickets for this game can be purchased by clicking here!

What was the outcome in the last meeting? St. Helens 12-38 Sydney Roosters

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. HELENS

  • St. Helens failed to score a try for the third half in a row as they trailed Hull FC at the break of their Super League contest last week but the champions were superb in the second half as they responded to their nilling to Warrington with their second win of the season.
  • Saints have been handed a huge boost ahead of this clash with the Australian champions with skipper James Roby named in the 21-man squad for the first time this season and he is expected to come straight into the side.
  • Head coach Kristian Woolf has also sprung a surprise by naming Mark Percival who requires shoulder surgery but he could come into the side in place of Regan Grace before he goes under the knife next week with Grace missing due to a concussion suffered last week.

21-man squad: Amor, Bentley, Costello, Dodd, Fages, Knowles, Lees, Lomax, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Naiqama, Nisbet, Paulo, Percival, Peyroux, Roby, Smith, Taia, Thompson, Walmsley, Welsby

Unavailable: Lachlan Coote (Injured), Jack Ashworth (Injured), Regan Grace (Injured)

Questionable: Mark Percival (Injured)

SYDNEY ROOSTERS

  • Sydney Roosters will get their 2020 campaign underway with this World Club Challenge contest against St. Helens and they will look to claim the title of world’s best for the second successive season.
  • The Roosters overcame Wigan in last year’s WCC and will be confident of returning to Australia with the trophy once again although they will be without skipper Boyd Cordner for this game after he was rested to manage his workload.
  • Kyle Flanagan will make his debut as he looks to fill the boots of the retired Cooper Cronk and the Roosters will also test Angus Crichton in the centres as they bid to fill the void left by Latrell Mitchell who departed the club in the off-season.

21-man squad: Aubusson, Butcher, Collins, Crichton, Faamausili, Flanagan, Friend, Ikuvalu, Keary, Kepaoa, Lam, Liu, Manu, Morris, Radley, Taukeiaho, Tedesco, Tupou, Tupouniua, Varrills, Waerea-Hargreaves

Unavailable: Boyd Cordner (Rested), Billy Smith (Injured), Ryan Hall (Injured)

Questionable:

THE PREDICTION

St. Helens have it all to do if they are to claim the World Club Challenge as they take on the Sydney Roosters. The Australian side made it back-to-back Premierships last season and will be keen to retain the WCC crown that they won when beating Wigan last season. As always with the Australian side, they may be undercooked with this being their first run-out of the season but despite Saints possessing plenty of quality throughout their side, the Roosters have named the strongest side available to them other than captain Boyd Cordner and they should have too much for the English side.

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