St Helens vs Wigan Preview

Good Friday sees St Helens lock horns with Wigan Warriors at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Squad News

The Saints have made one change to their squad with Ryan Morgan replacing the injured Adam Swift.

The table toppers come into the game full of confidence after defeating Hull KR 30-6 at Craven Park. Only Leeds Rhinos have been able to dethrone them this season so the home team will be looking to find another two points tomorrow.

St Helens Squad – 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4 Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 9. James Roby, 10, Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14, Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dominic Peyroux, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 23. Ben Barba.

Wigan Warriors

Romain Navarette and Josh Woods come into the squad in the place of Morgan Escaré and Gabe Hamlin.

The Warriors eased past Huddersfield Giants 48-10 in their last outing. Shaun Wane’s men have just the one L on their record which came away from home against Warrington. They’ve beaten Salford, Hull FC, Widnes, Wakefield and Huddersfield to be positioned second in the league.

Wigan Warriors Squad

1. Sam Tomkins, 2. Tom Davies, 4. Oliver Gildart, 5. Joe Burgess, 6. George Williams, 7. Sam Powell, 8. Tony Clubb, 9. Thomas Leuluai, 10. Ben Flower, 11. Joel Tomkins, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sean O’Loughlin, 14. John Bateman, 15. Ryan Sutton, 17. Taulima Tautai, 19. Willie Isa, 22. Liam Marshall, 25. Romain Navarrete, 34. Josh Woods.

Head to Head

Wigan ran out 26 – 16 winners when these two sides last met in the Super 8s last year. Oliver Gildart scored a brace to help the away side to a win the week after their Challenge Cup Final loss.

The last five meetings have seen Wigan win three and saints win two games.

This fixture always has that something a little bit ‘extra’ about it so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a few handbags if the tensions rise and it could get very physical.

Key Battle – Ben Barba v Sam Tomkins

Two of the biggest names in the league will square off opposite each other as Saints Ben Barba and Wigan’s Sam Tomkins will both be playing at full back for their sides.

Barba has torn teams to pieces on many occasions this season and scored two tries at Hull KR last week. Currently leading the try scoring charts, Barba uses his lightning pace and power to breeze past defenders.

Sam Tomkins of old has returned as of late. The former New Zealand Warriors man has added a new dimension to the Wigan squad which has helped them score some fantastic tries this season through Tomkins assists.

The Important Details

Date: 30th March

Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium

Kick off: 3:15pm

Referee: Robert Hicks

Author: Jon Mills

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