Match Preview: Castleford Tigers (H)

The Saints back at home for the first time in over a month and host Castleford Tigers, with kick-off scheduled for 8pm.


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.


Friday night is also the Saints’ Inclusion Round for 2024, and on match night the Club will have:

  • Inclusive volunteers working with club staff, across all departments! We have been working with Community Integrated Care and local organisation Buzz Hub for our inclusive experience opportunities
  • Saints Community Development Foundation’s (SCDF’s) Inclusive Dance Team will also be performing live on the pitch ahead of kick-off
  • The Saints’ LDSL team will be playing matches on the field at half time too as part of the Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League


Paul Wellens makes two changes to the squad he declared for our last Super League round with Daryl Clark and Konrad Hurrell missing out. The Saints are boosted though with the return to the 21-man squad our Club Captain, Jonny Lomax, and youngster Leon Cowen is the other Saint stepping in.

Click or tap on the image below to read more about our Round Sixteen squad news.

Castleford Tigers’ 21-man squad vs St.Helens

Craig Lingard makes five changes to the squad that lost by just one point at home to Hull KR last time out with Sam Wood, Sam Hall, Josh Hodson and Nixon Putt dropping out. George Lawler, Daniel Hindmarsh, Luis Johnson, Samy Kibula and Liam Watts.

1. Luke Hooley, 5. Innes Senior, 7. Jacob Miller, 8. Liam Watts, 10. George Lawler, 11. Elie El Zakhem, 12. Alex Mellor, 13. Joe Westerman, 14. Liam Horne, 15. George Griffin, 16. Rowan Milnes, 20. Muizz Mustapha, 23. Jason Qareqare, 24. Cain Robb, 26. Samy Kibula, 29. George Hill, 30. Luis Johnson, 32. Daniel Hindmarsh, 34. Tex Hoy, 35. Corey Hall, 37. Matty English



Warrington Wolves vs Huddersfield Giants – 8pm
Wigan Warriors vs Leigh Leopards – 8pm


Leeds Rhinos vs London Broncos – 3pm
Hull KR vs Catalans Dragons – 5:30pm


Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC – 3pm

Take a look at how the Betfred Super League table looks ahead of Round 16 by clicking here.


The aim is to get back to winning ways following a narrow loss away last time out to Salford, but Castleford like St.Helens have had a week off to recover and rest ahead of really kicking on into the second half of the 2024 season.

Having already faced Castleford at their ground back in May, Wellens knows they have spirit in the team facing run both Hull KR and Wigan close in tight defeats.

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


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 Sky Sports (Mix) or on around the globe on SuperLeague+.

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.


The fixture on Friday is the first match night we have hosted since the Saints Women’s historic fourth-in-a-row Betfred Challenge Cup victory at Wembley Stadium at the start of June!

At half time of the First Team’s match, our history making Women’s squad will be parading the trophy around the ground, so make sure you give them a huge round of applause for what is an astonishing achievement!

The Saints Women’s team and staff at Wembley Stadium celebrating their victory over Leeds Rhinos in the Women’s Betfred Challenge Cup Final 2024.


Meet Alex Walmsley & Konrad Hurrell in the Saints Superstore on gameday!

Big Al and Koni will be in our stadium store from 6:45pm through to 7:15pm to say hello, have a photo and sign their autographs for you!

You will find the Saints Superstore on the outside of the South Stand at the Totally Wicked Stadium, tucked between the RedV Bar and the Stadium Ticket Office.


One lucky Saints 2024 Member at half time on Friday will get the chance to win x2 return flights to Iceland with PLAY*!

Icelandic airline PLAY resume their Liverpool-Reykjavik service in September, flying twice weekly! They connect Liverpool John Lennon Airport with some of the world’s greatest natural wonders including exploding hot springs, jaw-dropping waterfalls, relaxing lagoons and the Northern Lights. Flights start at just £39 one-way, and you can book now at

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 we are thrilled to be working with Merseyside’s airport! *T&C’s apply.


The Saints’ 24 Home Kit will be worn on Friday night against the Tigers!

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. Take a look at ‘Super’ Jack Welsby in action wearing our 24 Home Kit below!

Get your 24 Home Kit online by visiting!


One of St Helens’ own, Earl Raff, less than a week removed from performing at Glastonbury Festival will be LIVE in the heart of the West Stand on our performance platform from around 7:25pm to get the atmosphere building as the team come out to warm up!

A resident DJ in our town, Earl’s sets have proven hugely popular in St Helens, and with bookings for shows across the UK and Europe, it should make for an exciting vibe ahead of kick-0ff.


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!


Tom Grant will be the Referee for Friday night’s fixture, and he will be supported by Touch Judges Gareth Jones and Simon Ellis and as with all Super League fixtures in 2024 there will also be the Video Referee Liam Rush at Rugby League’s remote refereeing base.


Back in the 21-man squad and potentially making his return after six weeks out, the Saints captain Jonny Lomax talks about his hand fracture injury, and how he has not enjoyed being on the sidelines.

A big month lies ahead for the Saints with trips to some of our nearby neighbours, but Friday night we return to the Totally Wicked Stadium and the new pitch has got Jonny excited to play if selected.

Watch the full player preview with the Skipper on Saints TV!


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

This month’s offer allows Members 10% discount on both 24 Home & Away Kits throughout July!

For more information click on the image below.


There’s a growing spirit in the longer term project at Castleford Tigers, and under Head Coach Craig Lingard and Danny McGuire as Assistant, the Fords fans are starting to see the green shoots of promise.

2023 was frankly a year to forget for Cas; earning only six wins in the campaign, racking up three different coaches, and were firmly wrapped in a relegation battle to stay in the top flight. Ultimately, Wakefield Trinity were the side who dropped to the Championship for 2024. Lingard joined during 2023 and has stepped up to the top job at Wheldon Road, well aware of the challenge that was laid in front of him.

Head Coach Craig Lingard with Assistant Coach Danny McGuire have led the Tigers lift in spirits at the club in recent months

Under IMG grading; off field matters such as the addition of a permanent big screen, as well as other stadium upgrades may prove to be vital to their place at the top table. So, whilst Castleford are looking to improve things off the field, on the pitch they have too with a large number of squad changes in the off-season and in the early stages of this season too.

19 players who were part of their squad in 2023 moved on (a number of loans included), while 11 recruits stepped in. The most notable of their signings were Sam Wood & Rowan Milnes from Hull KR, former Saint Josh Simm returning to the UK from Australia, and Luke Hooley from Leeds Rhinos.

In-season, Cas have also moved on Albert Vete, Jack Broadbent made the switch to Hull KR in exchange for two season long loans with Louis Senior and Corey Hall to boost the Tigers’ outside backs options, while former Saint Danny Richardson also moved to Hull KR on a loan for the rest of the final year of his contract.

Waqa Blake grabbed a hat-trick when Saints faced the Tigers in May

The Tigers only have three wins and one draw to their 2024 record, but in recent weeks they have run Wigan and Hull KR very close at home, losing by two points and then by one respectively. Saints secured a big away win at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle in May, besting the Tigers 4-60 with a strong second half showing despite going down a man early on due to a red card, so Cas will be out for a small slice of revenge.


  • Joe Westerman – despite the Tigers struggles last season, the loose forward was a consistent and top performer for the team, acting like a third pivot in the middle of the field, and doing he hard carries as well – it saw him earn Castleford’s Player of the Season award for a second year running
  • Tex Hoy – the former Hull FC fullback has found himself a new home at The Jungle, and his early form indicates the club is getting the best out of him, with his attacks unlocking defences and his kicking helping Milnes and Miller out
  • Innes Senior – Castleford’s top try-scorer this season, the winger appears to be at his best with the Tigers at present and has ten four-pointers to his name so far, demonstrating not only his pace, but his diving flair for finishing in the corner


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.

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