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Magic Weekend Preview: Warrington Wolves v St Helens

Date: 31/5/2015

Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle

Kick-Off: 15:15

Referee: Richard Silverwood


St Helens: Tommy Makinson, Jordan Turner, Josh Jones, Adam Swift, Travis Burns, Mose Masoe, James Roby, Kyle Amor, Jon Wilkin, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Alex Walmsley, Mark Flanagan, Luke Thompson, Greg Richards, Andre Savelio, Jack Ashworth, Olly Davies, Matty Fleming, Shannon McDonnell.

Warrington Wolves: Chris Bridge, Ryan Atkins, Joel Monaghan, Stefan Ratchford, Richie Myler, Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Ashton Sims, Ben Westwood, Ben Harrison, Roy Asotasi, Ben Currie, James Laithwaite, Anthony England, Gareth O’Brien, Gene Ormsby, Brad Dwyer, George King, Declan Patton

Last Ten Meetings:

St Helens 32-24 Warrington (SLR6 19/3/15)
St Helens 12-39 Warrington (SLR26 4/9/14)
Warrington 41-24 St Helens (SLR13 18/5/14 – Magic Weekend)
Warrington 8-38 St Helens (SLR1 13/2/14)
St Helens 16-29 Warrington (SLR26 30/8/14)
St Helens 22-48 Warrington (SLR16 25/5/13 – Magic Weekend)
Warrington 10-22 St Helens (SLR6 8/3/13)
St Helens 18-36 Warrington (SLPOSF 29/9/12)
Warrington 6-28 St Helens (SLPOSFQ 15/9/12)
St Helens 12-22 Warrington (SLR23 6/8/12)


Warrington Wolves face St Helens in the penultimate match of the 2015 Magic Weekend.

The Wolves have defeated Saints in the event at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, the past two years.

In fact, Wire have been victorious in six of their eight Magic Weekend matches, last losing at the showpiece event in Cardiff in 2011.

In contrast, Saints haven’t recorded a Magic Weekend victory since a 54-0 drubbing of Hull KR back in 2010.

However, Keiron Cunningham’s men came out on top when the two sides met at Langtree Park earlier this season.

Cunningham is able to welcome skipper Jon Wilkin back to the squad following his suspension. The 31 year-old is looking forward to the event; ‘‘The stadium is superb and I love the Magic Weekend concept,” he said.

20 year-old England Academy second rower Olly Davies could make his first Super League appearance as he replaces Anthony Walker in the 19-man squad.

Lewis Charnock misses out due to a hand injury while Mark Percival hasn’t recovered from a leg injury.

Saints, who have won three of their last four Super League games as well as reaching the quarter finals of the Challenge Cup, are currently second in the table, three points behind Leeds Rhinos.

Warrington, who have also won three of their last four league games and reached the last eight of the cup, are four points behind Sunday’s opponents in fifth place.

Head coach Tony Smith is able to welcome back captain Joel Monaghan after he missed last week’s triumph over Salford.

The former Canberra Raiders and Sydney Roosters back has scored an incredible 136 tries in 131 appearances for the Wolves.

Kevin Penny makes way for the 33 year-old in the only change to Smith’s squad

For the Wolves, Chris Bridge is in line to make his 190th Super League appearance for the club while Gene Ormsby is bidding to score a try in his fifth straight Super League match, having managed seven in his previous four.

Saints back-rower Mark Flanagan will make his 60th Super League appearance for the reigning champions.

Shannon McDonnell has managed to score a try in two of his four appearances since re-signing for Saints from Wests Tigers following Lance Hohaia’s retirement.

Prediction: Warrington by 12 – Saints are still missing a few first-teamers and Warrington appear to be starting to hit their straps following a poor start to the season. Reigning Man of Steel Daryl Clark seems to be adapting to his new surroundings and his battle against James Roby should be a highlight of the Weekend.

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