St Helens v Wakefield: Friday Night Preview
02 August 2019
The form book for these two sides could not be more different; St Helens, in first place and in the final of the Challenge Cup, have lost just three games all season. Wakefield, on the other hand, have triumphed in only one of their last ten fixtures, becoming the side with the worst form in the competition.
Saints have the chance to complete the treble in 2019 and will not want to let up in the league after losing their previous league game to bottom side London – ironically, the only side to have beaten Saints twice this year.
Though it was announced this week that head coach Justin Holbrook will be joining struggling Gold Coast Titans for 2020, the Australian still has an unfinished job in Lancashire – to go one further than 2018 when Saints came up short in both the Challenge Cup and Grand Final.
Trinity, meanwhile, are currently in turmoil. A steady slide down the table now sees them in 9th, just two points clear of London and seemingly looking like the side in the most trouble after a horrendous run of defeats.
The two side’s previous meetings will not raise Wakefield fans’ spirits either. Trinity have beaten Saints just twice in 17 games whereas St Helens have not lost at home since the semi-final play-offs way back in October 2018.
Saints welcome back Zeb Taia after five games out with youngsters Aaron Smith and Jack Welsby included in the squad too. However, Alex Walmsley will miss out after suffering an eye injury in Saints’ semi-final win over Halifax as will Morgan Knowles and Matty Costello.
Pauli Pauli and Jordan Crowther drop out for Wakefield, but Danny Kirmond is back in following a spell on the sidelines.
Surely this can only go one way? Saints are red hot, Wakefield are timidly cold and following their recent loss against London, St Helens will be looking to do some damage.
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