On Friday night, Warrington host St Helens at the Halliwell Jones Stadium (8pm, Sky Sports 2). Both sides are missing players who are away with the England squad.
Last time out
The Wolves were beaten 34-10 by Hull FC at the KCOM Stadium. Both times went into half time with two tries, with Hull just slightly ahead (14-10) due to kicks. Unfortunately, Hull ran away with it in the second half, scoring three tries with no reply from Warrington.
St Helens were victorious over Leigh at home last week, winning 28-6. Saints were 6-0 down after Jamie Acton’s try but bounced back scoring two tries before half-time and three after.
Declan Patton will have a huge responsibility on his shoulders this week. With both Brown and Ratchford on England duties, Patton will be in control of the team, probably with Gidley as his halfback partner. He has been instrumental for the Wolves in the past couple of games and could really make the difference in this match-up.
For Wigan, Matty Smith will play in a similar role. Himself and Fages are still working out their partnership but already, they are starting to show signs of a good pairing. Smith will be dissapointed to miss out on the England squad, which should fire him up.
Both sides have players in the England squad, with Hill, Brown and Ratchford missing for the Wolves and Percival and Walmsley out for Saints.
Warrington welcome back Dom Crosby, Ben Westwood, Harvey Livett and Morgan Smith into their 19-man squad. Joe Westerman is out injured with a neck problem.
St Helens have James Roby back in the squad, which will be a huge boost for them. They have also added Jake Spedding and Greg Richards to their 19.
With the announcement of Sydney Rooster’s assistant coach Justin Holbrook as St Helens’ new head coach, the Saints will be looking to impress their incoming coach, who is expected to arrive as soon as possible, visa pending.
Saints by 6
Warrington: Atkins, Clark, Cooper, Crosby, Dwyer, Evans, Gidley, Hughes, Jullien, G King, Lineham, Livett, Patton, Philbin, Russell, Savelio, Sims, Smith, Westwood.
St Helens: Makinson, Morgan, Swift, Fages, Smith, Roby, Amor, Wilkin, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Douglas, Walker, Thompson, Lee, Peyroux, Richards, Knowles, Spedding, Grace, Taia.
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