Sam Taylor previews winless Toronto Wolfpack against current champions St Helens. This is what we have to look forward to.
Toronto have had a tough start to the season with losses against Castleford, Salford and Wigan. There were however a lot of positives in last weeks defeat to came back from 22-6 down to tie the game with 20 minutes to go before Ben Murdoch-Masila scored to give Warrington victory.
There will be a lot of sore bodies in the St Helens camp going into Saturday’s game with the Wolfpack after last week’s bruising encounter in the World Club Challenge. Saints have won two and lost one so far in the regular rounds.
Jon Wilking was suppose to have surgery on his knee on Tuesday but he has postponed his surgery as Toronto’s squad is down to the bare bones. Brad Singleton has been ruled out for four months after rupturing his lateral medial ligaments.
Gladwin Springer and Matty Russell are both included in the squad after passing concussion tests. Jack Wells and Ben Kilmer are both named in the squad after joking from Wigan on loan this week.
Toronto Wolfpack 21-man squad: 1. Gareth O’Brien 2. Matty Russell 4 Ricky Leutele 5. Liam Kay 6. Joe Mellor 7. Josh McCrone 8. Adam Sidlow 9. Andy Ackers 10. Anthony Mullally 11. Andrew Dixon 12. Bodene Thompson 13. Jon Wilkin 14. Darcy Lussick 15. Gadwin Springer 16. Tom Olbison 17. Blake Wallace 21. Sonny Bill Williams 23. Hakim Miloudi 24. Tony Gigot 25. Jack Wells 26. Ben Kilner
There is just one change for St Helens as Regan Grace returns from concussion to replace Mark Percival who undergoes surgery on his shoulder.
Kyle Amor played for the reserves last week against Wigan so could make his first start of the season.
St Helens 21-man squad: 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 5, Regan Grace, 6. Jonny Lomax, 7. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9, James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Dom Peyroux, 13. LMS, 14. Morgan Knowles, 15. Matty Lees, 16. Kyle Amor, 17, Jack Ashworth, 18. Joseph Paulo, 19. Aaron Smith, 20. James Bentley, 21, Matty Costello, 22. Jack Welsby, 27. Lewis Dodd.
This is the first time that these two sides have ever faced each other. It is the first of three meetings they will have this season with Saints travelling to Toronto at the start of May while Toronto visit St Helens in the final round of the season.
BATTLE TO WATCH
They key battle to watch will be the master vs apprentice, Jon Wilkin vs Morgan Knowles. Wilkin will want to put in a big performance against his former club before he undergoes surgery. The ex-Saint rolled back the year’s against Warrington and was influential in dragging Toronto back into the game last week.
Morgan Knowles missed the first couple of games after having surgery at the end of 2019. He looked to have got back up to speed as he put in a respectable performance last week against the best club side in the world.