Derek Hardman's St.Helens Reserves side will take on Wigan Warriors on Sunday, 1st October 2023.
The Red V finished the regular RFL Reserves season in second place, just behind the league leaders Wigan, losing only one match and drawing another but booking their spot in the Grand Final. As league leaders the Warriors will play host to the game at Robin Park Arena, with kick-off scheduled for 12pm (noon).
The news about the confirmation of the Reserves showpiece match has also confirmed that St.Helens Academy are in the final four in the Under 18’s, with the Academy Grand Final to be played on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of September – you can read more on that here.
The RFL release regarding the Reserves and Academy play-offs stated: the return of the Reserve grade in 2022, alongside the Academy Under 18s competition, provides a full pathway for developing players as they transition towards senior Rugby League. Regular season matches in the two competitions are played on alternate weekends so that clubs only field one team beneath first grade on a weekly basis and can better-manage player development.