SUPER LEAGUE PREVIEW I ROUND 8 I St Helens vs Wigan Warriors

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St Helens

The Saints have made one change to their squad with Ryan Morgan replacing the injured Adam Swift
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The table toppers come into the game full of confidence after defeating Hull KR 30-6 at Craven Park. Only Leeds Rhinos have been able to dethrone them this season so the home team will be looking to find another two points tomorrow.

St Helens 19-man squad: Lomax, Makinson, Morgan, Percival, Fages, Smith, Roby, Amor, Taia, Wilkin, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Douglas, Knowles, Thompson, Peyroux, Richardson, Grace, Lees, Barba.

Wigan Warriors

Romain Navarette and Josh Woods come into the squad in the place of Morgan Escaré and Gabe Hamlin.

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The Warriors eased past Huddersfield Giants 48-10 in their last outing. Shaun Wane’s men have just the one loss on their record so far which came away from home against Warrington.

They’ve beaten Salford, Hull FC, Widnes, Wakefield and Huddersfield thus far and find themselves second in the Super League standings.

Wigan 19-man squad: Bateman, Burgess, Clubb, Davies, Farrell, Flower, Gildart, Isa, Leuluai, Marshall, Navarrete, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sutton, Tautai, J Tomkins, S Tomkins, Williams, Woods.

HEAD TO HEAD

Wigan ran out 26 – 16 winners when these two sides last met in the Super 8s last year. Oliver Gildart scored a brace to help the away side win a week after their Challenge Cup Final loss to Hull FC.

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The last five meetings have seen Wigan win three and saints win twice. This fixture always has that something a little bit ‘extra’ about it, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a few handbags if tensions rise as the game progresses.

KEY BATTLE- Ben Barba vs Sam Tomkins

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Two of the biggest names in the league will square off opposite each other as Saints Ben Barba and Wigan’s Sam Tomkins will both be playing full back for their sides.

Barba has torn teams to pieces on many occasions this season and scored two tries at Hull KR last week.

Currently leading the try scoring charts, the NRL-winner uses his lightning pace and power to breeze past defenders.

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Sam Tomkins of old has returned as of late; the former New Zealand Warriors man has added a new dimension to the Wigan squad, which has helped them score some fantastic tries this season through Tomkins’ numerous assists.

THE IMPORTANT DETAILS

Date: 30th March
Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium
Kick-off: 3:15pm
Referee: Robert Hicks

WHO WILL WIN?

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