Match Preview: Warrington Wolves (H) [Challenge Cup]

The Saints are looking to secure a Semi-Final spot in the Betfred Challenge Cup but face a tough task with Warrington Wolves coming to the Totally Wicked Stadium for a Quarter-Final clash, which will kick-off at 4:30pm on Sunday, 14th April!


The quickest and easiest method of securing your spot at the Totally Wicked Stadium is by purchasing your ticket online by visiting You can secure a digital or ‘Print at Home’ ticket which would not require you to visit the Ticket Office.

Find out more about our stands, ticket prices and Ticket Office hours by clicking here.


Head Coach Wellens makes just one change to the squad that was announced for last week’s away match against Catalans Dragons. Jake Wingfield is set to miss out due to a shoulder issue which is expected to see him miss a few weeks of action as the Club awaits further checks.

Click or tap on the image below to read more about our Quarter-Final squad news.

Warrington Wolves’ 21-man squad vs St.Helens

1. Matt Dufty, 2. Josh Thewlis, 3. Toby King, 4. Stefan Ratchford, 5. Matty Ashton, 6. George Williams, 7. Josh Drinkwater, 8. James Harrison, 9. Danny Walker, 11. Ben Currie, 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 13. Matty Nicholson, 15. Joe Philbin, 17. Jordy Crowther, 18. Leon Hayes, 19. Joe Bullock, 20. Connor Wrench, 28. Adam Holroyd, 29. Thomas Whitehead, 32. Sam Powell, 24. Max Wood.



Hull KR 26-14 Leigh Leopards
Catalans Dragons 6-34 Huddersfield Giants


Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors – 3pm


  • WHEN: This Sunday, 14th April at 2:40pm
  • WHERE: Outside the Totally Wicked Stadium, close to the Keiron Cunningham statue and outside the South Stand
  • WHAT: Be there early to welcome the team!

Please note: The players will be working to a strict pre-match schedule and will not be able to stop during their walk-through into the stadium, we ask fans to kindly be understanding of this.


As a lifelong supporter and former player of the Saints, and a child of the town too, Wellens knows just how much the Challenge Cup means to all involved with the Club, and insists that the importance of that is a motivator for him and his team.

Saints TV subscribers can watch the full Coach Preview with Paul Wellens!


One lucky Saints 2024 Member at half time on Friday will get the chance to win x2 return flights to Dublin thanks to Aer Lingus*!

For a perfect short break or even a day trip, make the short hop across the Irish sea when you fly when you fly from Liverpool to Dublin with Aer Lingus.

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! *T&C’s apply.


DJ Earl Rafferty will be performing live in the RedV Bar from 1pm and also later in the heart of the West Stand amongst our loud supporters as the player head out for warm up around 4pm!

Sing and dance along as Earl brings his best music for the Quarter-Final clash!

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One of the many benefits for our 2024 Members is a special monthly offer with the Saints Superstore!

This month’s offer allows you to access 10% off all Training Accessories such as Headguards, Balls, Bottles and Bags.

The Saints Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium will be open from 12:30pm on Sunday for game day.


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.

Fans can tune in and watch the match live on BBC Two or BBC iPlayer from 4:15pm.

Our club social media accounts will also keep supporters updated. Follow us on: X/Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Highlights and the full match replay will be available for Saints TV subscribers.


Find out much more about what there is to eat and drink at the Totally Wicked Stadium on gameday by clicking here!

Why not try the Saints’ new Cottoms Chicken Balti pie? 👀

Cottom’s mobile pie van will be in-situ in the Totally Wicked North Stand, serving a selection of their very best pies, including that brand-new Balti pie!

ABK Beer – the Official Beer of Rugby League – will be a new draught beer available in the RedV Bar and in the Southwest corner of the stadium, close to the Tom Van Vollenhoven mural!


The Saints’ 24 Home Kit will be worn on Sunday afternoon against Warrington Wolves!

Our traditional white shirt with a Red Vee is a sharper, modern look, with watermark shard designs whilst the ‘V’ itself is a subtle two-tone design, a feature never before seen on a St.Helens shirt.

Get your 24 Home Kit online by visiting!


Jack Smith will be the referee for Sunday afternoon;s fixture, and he will be supported by Touch Judges Jonny Roberts and Rich Thompson and there will also be the Video Referee Chris Kendall too.


Last ten meetings

St Helens 16, Warrington 8 (SL-E, 30/9/23)
Warrington 6, St Helens 18 (SLR26, 15/9/23)
Warrington 20, St Helens 24 (SLR18, 7/7/23)
St Helens 28, Warrington 6 (SLR10, 20/4/23)
Warrington 10, St Helens 12 (SLR13, 19/5/22)
St Helens 28, Warrington 2 (SLR5, 11/3/22)
Warrington 14, St Helens 24 (SLR22, 30/8/21)
St Helens 2, Warrington 6 (SLR10, 17/6/21)
St Helens 18, Warrington 20 (CCQF, 19/9/20) (at AJ Bell Stadium, Salford)
Warrington 19, St Helens 0 (SLR2, 6/2/20)

Challenge Cup history

St.Helens and Warrington have met 18 times in rugby league’s most historic competition, with the Saints holding 11 wins over the Wolves, whilst Wire have won 6 of those meetings, and honours have been shared just once in 1972, resulting in a Semi-Final replay.

The first fixture between St.Helens and Warrington in the Challenge Cup came in 1900 in the first round of that year’s competition.


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 recent seasons 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.


Should the Red V’s captain take to the field on Sunday, it would mark Jonny Lomax’s 350th match of his professional playing career!

  • 334 for St Helens (2009-2024)
  • 11 for England (2016-18, 2021)
  • 4 for Great Britain (2019)


The Wire are in a buoyant mood under new Head Coach Sam Burgess with their supporters quietly purring at the thought ‘Could it our year?’.

2023 was a wildly up and down season for Warrington, under Daryl Powell they started like a house on fire with eight wins from eight games, but the hype fizzled out as they fell down the league ladder. A big 42-6 loss to basement battlers Wakefield in July proved to be the final straw for Powell and the Club parted ways. More inconsistency meant the Wolves scraped into the top six for play-off rugby before falling short to the Saints in the eliminator.

A new era was on the horizon with rugby league legend Sam Burgess taking over the reins, and with a number of new recruits to boot, Warrington have a bit more of a buzz around them in 2024.

In-comings into the squad include; Lachlan Ftzgibbon, Zane Musgrove, Jordan Crowther, Sam Powell, Rockrick Tai, former Saint Wes Bruines and the return of Toby King after a successful loan spell at Wigan.

One of the biggest player switches in 2024 saw Daryl Clark, who had served Wolves with distinction come to join the Red V. Clark leaves a big hole for the Wire but Danny Walker who has been something of an apprentice to Daryl in recent years is now stepping up into the #9 shirt. Warrington clearly wanted to ensure their hooker options were solid also bringing in Sam Powell from Wigan and Brad Dwyer (although he has now left to join Leigh).

Under Burgess so far in 2024 the Wolves have performed quite well, winning five matches but losing two, both to Catalans Dragons home and away. The teams they have beaten are Hull FC, London Broncos, Castleford Tigers, Hull KR and Leeds Rhinos – with the latter two being their best results of the season to date and both of those coming on the road.

Warrington progressed to the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup by putting London Broncos to the sword at home, winning 42-0.


  • George Williams – the England captain is pivotal to the Wolves’ attack and when he is on song, he can be very tricky to handle with a strong running and kicking game making him one of the league’s best halves
  • Leon Hayes – a young half who has stepped up since the back-end of last season, stepping in for the injured Josh Drinkwater or Williams, and he has shown some very mature play
  • Ben Currie – consistent and resilient, the forward could play across the pack and do a very good job and is one of Warrington’s key leaders, much like their captain Stefan Ratchford


The RedV Bar will be open from 1pm, alongside other activity in our fans area located opposite the Superstore and DJ Earl will be getting supporters ready for gameday and to welcome our players as they make their entrance to the ground at 2:40pm!

Then Earl will be peforming live in the West Stand on our performance platform from 3:30pm to build the atmosphere in the stadium bowl!

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