Duo Return

TONY Puletua and Scott Moore return to the squad for Friday’s Engage Super League tie with Leeds Rhinos.

Both have recovered from injury in time for the mouth-watering clash and join a strong looking squad.

Only Chris Flannery, Leon Pryce, Gary Wheeler, Paul Clough and Ade Gardner are now on the sidelines.

Royce Simmons has indicated he is likely to use Tommy Makinson as a replacement for Gardner.

The squad is:

1. Paul Wellens, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 7. Kyle Eastmond, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 21. Shaun Magennis, 22. Jamie Foster, 25. Lee Gaskell, 28. Thomas Makinson.

Leeds Head Coach, Brian McDermott, will choose from:

1. Brent Webb, 2. Lee Smith, 3. Brett Delaney, 5. Ryan Hall, 6. Danny McGuire, 7. Rob Burrow, 8. Kylie Leuluai, 9. Danny Buderus, 10. Jamie Peacock, 11. Jamie Jones-Buchanan, 12. Carl Ablett, 13. Kevin Sinfield, 14. Ali Lauitiiti, 16. Ryan Bailey, 17. Ian Kirke, 20. Weller Hauraki, 22. Jay Pitts, 24. Paul McShane, 27. Zak Hardaker.

The match kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Phil Bentham.

If you can’t make the match, it will be covered extensively in the Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Facebook sites.

Tickets for the match are still on sale at the Saints Superstore in St Helens Town Centre, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.com


St Helens have won their last three home meetings with Leeds. The Rhinos’ last away win against the Saints was 14-10 on 28 March, 2008, at Knowsley Road.

Leeds’ Kevin Sinfield has scored points in nine consecutive games against St Helens, a streak which started in the 2008 Engage Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford. He last failed to score in the 2008 Qualifying Semi-Final, where he missed his one goal attempt in a 38-10 defeat.

Leeds’ Ryan Hall has scored tries in the Rhinos’ last four meetings with St Helens.

Last ten meetings:
Leeds 16 St Helens 30 (SLR6, 19/3/11)
Leeds 32 St Helens 28 (CCSF, 7/8/10)
(at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield)
Leeds 28 St Helens 24 (SLR20, 3/7/10)
St Helens 41 Leeds 20 (SLR12, 24/4/10)
Leeds 18 St Helens 10 (SLGF, 10/10/09)
(at Old Trafford, Manchester)
Leeds 18 St Helens 10 (SLR26, 4/9/09)
Leeds 18 St Helens 22 (CCR4, 5/4/09)
St Helens 26 Leeds 18 (SLR6, 20/3/09)
Leeds 24 St Helens 16 (SLGF, 4/10/08)
(at Old Trafford, Manchester)
St Helens 38 Leeds 10 (SLQSF, 19/9/08)

Super League Summary:
St Helens won 24 (includes wins in 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008 play-offs)
Leeds won 22 (includes wins in 2007, 2008 and 2009 Grand Finals; 1998 and 2005 play-offs)
St Helens highest score: 62-18 (H, 1999) (Widest margin: 56-10, H, 2004)
Leeds highest score: 74-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 70-0, H, 2004)


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