The regular season of Betfred Super League 2023 comes to a thrilling conclusion, with the Saints in the hunt for the League Leaders' Shield, one week out from the start of the Play-Offs, and taking on Hull FC. It's an 8pm kick-off at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
TICKET & ENTRY INFORMATION
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ALL TO PLAY FOR ON FRANTIC FRIDAY
Never before has there been a finish to this part of a Super League campaign quite like this one.
Three teams are level on points at the top of the table and separated only by points difference. St. Helens (+229), Catalans Dragons (+291), and Wigan Warriors (+358) could all be the ones at the top of the pile come the end of Round 27 on Friday night, with the winner getting the League Leaders’ Shield.
Beyond the silverware, whoever comes second will also earn a home Semi-Final and a crucial week off in the first round of the Play-Offs, whilst the team in third will have an Eliminator Play-Off against the team that finishes in sixth place.
Five of the top six spots have been locked in, one more team can make it into the post-season and it will be either Salford Red Devils or Warrington Wolves.
With so much still to play for, every match will kick-off at the same time – 8pm on Friday night!
Betfred Super League – Round 27
Huddersfield Giants vs Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos vs Castleford Tigers
Leigh Leopards vs Wigan Warriors
Salford Red Devils vs Catalans Dragons
St Helens vs Hull FC
Wakefield Trinity vs Hull KR
Head Coach Paul Wellens has made four changes to the side that secured an eighth straight victory in the league last week beating Warrington Wolves 6-18, with senior men such as Will Hopoate, Alex Walmsley and Konrad Hurrell all back in contention, as is young gun George Delaney.
Find out those Click on the image below to read more about our Squad News!
Hull FC’s 21-man squad vs St. Helens
The Black & Whites make two changes to their squad list, with Carlos Tuimavave and Zach Jebson their players stepping in, whilst Liam Sutcliffe and veteran Danny Houghton drop out.
Friday night could also be the final career appearance of prop forward Scott Taylor after announcing he is to retire come the end of the 2023 season. Also possibly playing their final games for Hull FC are; Adam Swift, Jake Clifford, Chris Satae, Andre Savelio, Joe Lovodua, and Brad Dwyer.
1. Tex Hoy, 2. Adam Swift, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 5. Darnell McIntosh, 7. Jake Clifford, 10. Chris Satae, 11. Andre Savelio, 12. Jordan Lane, 13. Brad Fash, 14. Joe Lovodua, 15. Joe Cator, 17. Cam Scott, 20. Jack Brown, 25. Davy Litten, 26. Harvey Barron, 27. Will Gardiner, 30. Scott Taylor, 31. Nick Staveley, 33. Brad Dwyer, 35. Lewis Martin, 37. Zach Jebson.
LIVERPOOL JOHN LENNON AIRPORT: CROSSBAR CHALLENGE
One lucky Saints 2023 Member at half time on Friday will get the chance to win x2 return flights to Belfast thanks to easyJet with a VIP Airport Experience (including free parking, lounge and Fast Track security passes)!
Whether it’s a day trip somewhere different or you want to explore the cultural riches of Belfast, you could fly from Liverpool John Lennon Airport from just £17 one-way! Book flights with easyJet at easyjet.com.
With the eyes of all the Saints faithful in the West Stand watching, the contesting Member will get three attempts to hit the crossbar from the 20m line.
As a Club are thrilled to be working with Merseyside’s airport!
WHO WILL BE THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE?
Ben Thaler will be the referee for Friday night’s fixture, and he will be supported by Touch Judges Aaron Moore and Rich Thompson.
COACH PREVIEW: WELLENS AHEAD OF FINAL REGULAR SEASON ROUND
Following a bruising encounter with Warrington Wolves last Friday night, the St. Helens boss gives the latest update regarding his squad, with up to possibly four returnees.
Furthermore, Wellens discusses facing Hull FC in the third leg of the Steve Prescott Cup 2023, and wanting to get one back over the Black & Whites following the result the Saints had last time to two teams met.
FOOD & DRINKS AT THE TOTALLY WICKED STADIUM!
Find out much more about what there is to eat and drink by clicking here or on the map below!
THE RECORD AGAINST HULL FC
Last ten meetings:
Hull FC 34, St Helens 6 (SLR16, 22/6/23)
Hull FC 18, St Helens 32 (CCQF, 17/6/23)
St Helens 20, Hull FC 12 (SLR5, 17/3/23)
Hull FC 6, St Helens 60 (SLR23, 14/8/22)
St Helens 24, Hull FC 10 (SLR12, 13/5/22)
Hull FC 6, St Helens 38 (SLR2, 19/2/22)
Hull FC 10, St Helens 42 (SLR17, 2/8/21)
Hull FC 18, St Helens 33 (CCSF, 5/6/21) (at Leigh Sports Village)
St Helens 34, Hull FC 16 (SLR8, 28/5/21)
Hull FC 18, St Helens 32 (SLR3, 16/2/20)
Super League summary
The Saints have a strong lead in the head-to-head standings against Hull FC. The two have met in the top-flight 63 times with the Red V winning 42 matches, whilst the Black & Whites have won 18 times, with three draws. St. Helens also have secured wins over Hull FC in the 2006 Grand Final, as well as in the 2001 and 2006 Play-Offs.
The highest St. Helens winning score in Super League over Hull FC came in 1999, 74-16, which is also the widest margin of victory over the Humberside team.
SEPTEMBER’S MEMBERS’ OFFER
One of the benefits of being a 2023 Member is being able to access a new monthly offer from Saints Superstore!
This month’s offer is 10% off all 2023 Home & Away Kit, just in time for the business end of the season!
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!
KNOWLES ON EXCITING FINISH TO REGULAR SEASON
With Hull boasting some big boys in the middles, Morgan discusses the challenge Hull FC will pose, and talks about how he’s enjoying the chance he’s been getting this season to play alongside our young prop George Delaney.
HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE GAME?
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.
Highlights and the full match replay will be available for Saints TV subscribers.
St Helens R.F.C. want to ensure that everyone who comes to enjoy game days at the Totally Wicked Stadium can do so in a safe and friendly environment!
The Club would like to reiterate to supporters that it operates a zero-tolerance approach to any anti-social behaviour, at both our own home ground and when visiting other clubs’ stadiums. Misbehaviours that will not be tolerated include, but are not limited to; physical or verbal abuse, violent conduct, missile throwing, excessive alcohol misuse, and any drug misuse.
Furthermore, the use of pyrotechnics is strictly prohibited under both rugby and football ground regulations. They can cause serious injuries to those who carry them as well as fellow spectators, as well as damage to surfaces such as the playing pitch which can cost clubs thousands of pounds.
The Club during last season and this season has taken preventative actions for home fixtures, with additional stewarding and ‘sniffer’ dog patrols around the stadium. Supporters may encounter these dog patrols when approaching the stadium.
St. Helens would also like to encourage parents/guardians of children coming to the ground to ensure they are always aware of what their child is doing and where in the stadium they are at all times.