Squad Announced

SAINTS have announced their squad for Friday’s Stobart Super League Round 25 game with Castleford Tigers.

Michael Shenton, Josh Jones and Jon Wilkin miss out through injury, but there is a return for Sia Soliola.

The squad is:

1. Paul Wellens, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 17. Gary Wheeler, 18. Shaun Magennis 19. Andy Dixon, 20. Lee Gaskell, 21. Tommy Makinson, 34. Adam Swift.

Ian Millward will choose his Castleford side from:

1. Richard Owen, 2. Nick Youngquest, 5. Josh Griffin, 7. Danny Orr, 8. Jacob Emmitt, 10. Craig Huby, 13. Steve Snitch, 14. Stuart Jones, 15. Adam Milner, 16. Ryan Hudson, 17. Lee Mitchell, 19. Paul Jackson, 20. Grant Millington, 21. Oliver Holmes, 22. Nathan Massey, 24. Steve Nash, 25. Jordan Thompson, 26. James Clare, 30. Ben Johnston.

The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is George Stokes.

Tickets are on sale for the game, which is sponsored by Oval Insurance Broking, and details are here.

Stat Pack:
St Helens have won their last eight meetings with Castleford.

The Tigers’ last win against the Saints was 30-24 at The Jungle (as it was then known) on 6 April, 2008.

Castleford are seeking their first summer era away win at St Helens on Friday night. In the 16 visits they made to Knowsley Road between 1996 and 2010, the Tigers were defeated on 15 occasions.

The closest they got to a summer victory at Saints’ old home came with a 32-32 draw on 13 September, 1998.

The Tigers also lost, 22-20, at Widnes in 2011.

Castleford’s last win at St Helens was 12-8 in the third round of the Regal Trophy on 19 December, 1992. Their last league win was 29-16 on 21 October, 1990.

2012 Meeting:
Castleford 12, St Helens 18 (SLR11, 9/4/12)

Super League Summary:
St Helens won 27 (includes win in 1999 play-offs)
Castleford won 4
1 draw

Ups and Downs:
St Helens highest score: 72-4 (A, 2006) (also widest margin)
Castleford highest score: 36-22 (H, 2002) (Widest margin: 35-16, H, 1997)

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