Super League semi-final preview: Warrington Wolves v St Helens

A Grand Final spot at Old Trafford is the prize on offer on Thursday night as local rivals Warrington and St Helens meet at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Warrington will head into the game full of confidence following last Friday’s 23-6 win away at Hull FC which saw them lift the League Leaders’ Shield but will be wary of their dismal record against Saints in the Super League.

The Wolves have lost their last six home matches against St Helens including 25-22 and 20-18 defeats at the Halliwell Jones Stadium this season.

Keiron Cunningham’s side have also been in imperious form in the Super 8s winning six of their seven matches to comfortably secure a fourth placed finish which halfway into the season looked a long way off.

The influential James Roby provides a welcome return to the side along with Greg Richards and Adam Swift.

Mark Percival is also expected to play the full game after coming through 40 minutes unscathed on his return to the side in the win over Wakefield last Friday.

Kurt Gidley returns for Warrington after missing the win over Hull but the match comes too soon for Chris Sandow who has missed the last four weeks with a knee injury.

Tom Lineham and Kevin Penny keep their places in the 19-man squad but Ryan Bailey and Brad Dwyer miss out.

The sides have met in the play-offs once previously with Warrington coming out on top 36-18 in 2012 which secured their first Grand Final appearance.


Warrington Wolves (from): 1. Kurt Gidley, 2. Tom Lineham, 3. Rhys Evans, 4. Ryan Atkins, 5. Matty Russell, 6. Stefan Ratchford, 8. Chris Hill, 9. Daryl Clark, 10. Ashton Sims, 12. Jack Hughes, 14. Joe Westerman, 18. George King, 20. Kevin Penny, 24. Toby King, 25. Joe Philbin, 26. Declan Patton, 27. Sam Wilde, 29. Benjamin Jullien, 31. Morgan Smith.

St Helens (from): 1. Jonny Lomax, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Greg Richards, 17. Luke Thompson, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 19. Theo Fages, 20. Joe Greenwood, 22. Jack Owens, 23. Shannon McDonnell, 28. Morgan Knowles.

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