The Saints welcome Wakefield Trinity to the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday night for Betfred Super League Round 7, with kick-off scheduled for 8pm!
After a hard fought win over Huddersfield Giants last Thursday, Paul Wellens’ men are looking to secure a third win on the spin in the league. Wakefield currently sit bottom of the table and are yet to pickup their maiden win of the 2023 campaign, so they simply desperate for points so will pose a tough challenge
A fortnight ago the Red V battled Hull FC at the Totally Wicked Stadium, so a win would make it back-to-back home wins and would put St Helens in good spirits ahead of the Good Friday Derby away at Wigan Warriors.
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There are two changes to the squad that was named for the Giants game, with Wesley Bruines and Sione Mata’utia stepping out of the squad, whilst Morgan Knowles is back available for selection and youngster McKenzie Buckley is named in the senior squad declaration for the first time in 2023.
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Trinity have been in the news this week following their swap deal with Hull KR which has seen them swap young outside back Corey Hall for fullback Will Dagger. They have also added into their ranks for the next two weeks Innes Senior from Huddersfield, firming up their outside back options.
Wakefield Trinity’s 20-man squad
2. Jorge Taufua, 4. Reece Lyne, 7. Mason Lino, 8. Eddie Battye, 10. Jai Whitbread, 11. Matty Ashurst, 13. Jay Pitts, 14. Jordy Crowther, 15. Liam Kay, 18. Lee Kershaw, 19. Kevin Proctor, 20. Morgan Smith, 21. Samisoni Langi, 22. Rob Butler, 24. Harry Bowes, 25. Sam Eseh, 27. Robbie Butterworth, 30. Oliver Pratt, 32. Tom Forber, 33. Will Dagger
WELLENS AHEAD OF WELCOMING WAKEFIELD
The Saints boss gave a fitness update on his players, reflected on a positive performance against Huddersfield, and previewed Friday night’s game against the Trin.
With Mark Applegarth’s charges still to get a win, Wellens knows the visitors are coming to Saints looking to play.
Saints TV subscribers can watch Paul Wellens’ preview in full!
A LOOK AT WAKEFIELD…
The Trin are doing it tough at present. Six losses from the opening six games, and they’ve been kept scoreless in three of them.
2023 has seen a lot of change for Wakefield though, none bigger than the building of their new main stand at Belle Vue which will be a huge economical boost for the club. Mark Applegarth is now in charge as Head Coach after replacing Willie Poching, and on the field they have lost big club figures in Jacob Miller, David Fifita and Tinirau Arona. Coming into their squad, Kevin Proctor, Morgan Smith, Renouf Atoni and Samisoni Langi.
Mason Lino will be the main creative mind and is always one to watch, whilst their captain and former Saint Matty Ashurst will be looking to lead from the front.
St Helens and Hull FC faced each other on three occasions last season, with the Saints winning all three meetings, two away, one at home, the last at the MKM Stadium back in August was a 6-60 demolition job by the men in the Red V.
Last 10 meetings
St Helens 18, Wakefield 34 (SLR26, 29/8/22)
Wakefield 12, St Helens 13 (aet) (SLR20, 24/7/22)
St Helens 20, Wakefield 4 (SLR3, 25/2/22)
Wakefield 14, St Helens 30 (SLR14, 9/7/21)
St Helens 34, Wakefield 6 (SLR3, 16/4/21)
St Helens 48, Wakefield 6 (SLR9, 15/10/20) (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)
Wakefield 16, St Helens 20 (SLR15, 9/10/20) (at Emerald Headingley, Leeds)
St Helens 26, Wakefield 6 (SLR24, 2/8/19)
St Helens 48, Wakefield 10 (CCQF, 1/6/19)
Wakefield 18, St Helens 24 (SLR2, 10/2/19)
Super League summary
St Helens have won 45 matches against Wakefield Trinity, whilst our visitors on Friday have won on 10 occasions.
St Helens highest score against the Trin came back in 2005 at home, winning 64-16, whilst the widest margin was also in 2005 but that was a 60-4 victory.
WHAT KIT WILL SAINTS BE WEARING?
Saints will be wearing the hugely popular 2023 Home Kit, which features our 150th year crest, along with an old-school, traditional Red-V.
You can get yours online by visiting saintssuperstore.com.
SIRONEN ON VISITORS UPPING THEIR GAME AGAINST THE CHAMPS
Back-rower Curtis Sironen is in the throes of his second season at the club, and knows that teams always raise their game when they take on the Saints. Despite propping up the Super League table at present, Siro knows Wakefield will be coming with all they’ve got to get a result.
Watch Siro’s pre-match chat on Saints TV – you can subscribe today!
WHO WILL BE THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE?
Chris Kendall will be the referee for Friday night’s fixture, and he will be supported by Touch Judges D. Bowmer & N. Horton, plus In Goal Officials D. Arnold and S. Ellis.
LOMAX SET TO MAKE 300TH SAINTS APPEARANCE
Friday night could be a milestone moment for star half-back Jonny Lomax, with his next match appearance for St Helens marking 300 matches played in the Red V!
A proud product of our youth programme, Lomax since making his debut back in 2009 has gone on to help Saints win five Grand Finals, four League Leaders’ Shield, one Challenge Cup, and the World Club Challenge earlier this year.
Ahead of kick-off there will be a minute’s applause in remembrance of Bryn Hargreaves, Saint #1166.
Bryn joined the Red V from the 2007 season, making his debut away at Huddersfield on 4th February off the interchange bench.
Over his four seasons with the club, he would make 115 appearances, playing in our victories over Brisbane Broncos in the 2007 World Club Challenge, and Hull FC at Wembley in the 2008 Challenge Cup Final.
A fan favourite, Bryn was a popular player with supporters and teammates alike.
HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE GAME?
The game is NOT on TV, but Saints will be covering the match in full across our live Match Centre where you can find out the team news, follow live game updates, get behind the scenes photos and catch up on all the stories of the game.
Our club social media accounts will also keep supporters updated. Follow us on: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
Highlights and the full match replay will be available for Saints TV subscribers.
The Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium has everything you need to kit yourself out including our 2023 Home and Away replica kits!
2023 Members can use their discount and get 10% off all Hats, Caps, Scarves and Gloves!
THE REST OF ROUND 7 IN SUPER LEAGUE
Leigh Leopards vs Wigan Warriors – 8pm
Hull KR vs Leeds Rhinos – 8pm
Warrington Wolves vs Hull FC – 1pm
Catalans Dragons vs Castleford Tigers – 5pm
Salford Red Devils vs Huddersfield Giants – 3pm