St Helen’s RLFC will be looking to keep hold of the only 100% record in super league as they travel to the John Smiths Stadium on Thursday to take on bottom of the table Huddersfield in the opening game of this weekend’s ties.
After already seeing off, Wigan, Leeds, Salford, London and Wakefield this year, Saints head coach Justin Holbrook as again resisted the urge to make changes to his squad, with only one change from the squad that beat London 26-0 last weekend. In come’s the clubs influential captain James Roby (pictured) who sat out last weeks win and he replaces young forward James Bentley, which means Roby’s understudy Aaron Smith keeps his place in the team after an excellent first appearance of the year last week.
Although Smith has forced himself into the reckoning with his performances, there is still no sign of a recall for last years Dream team scrum half Danny Richardson who is yet to play a first team game this year, instead being shipped out to Leigh Centurions to play in the Championship on a duel registration.
Their opponents Huddersfield Giants will be buoyed by last weeks result against reigning Super league champions Wigan Warriors, in which they earned their first win off the season after suffering four defeats in their opening four games. Coach Simon Woolford was all smiles following the result as he hopes it will help to kick start his sides season and help push them away from the relegation spot.
Unfortunately, the win came at a cost as he has lost the outstanding Aaron Murphy for a number of weeks thanks to a medial ligament injury in his knee, while young hooker Adam O’Brien has been ruled out after failing a concussion test.
The pair have been replaced by young front rower Matty English who missed last weeks game against Wigan and Colton Roche.
Huddersfield’s 19-man squad:
Darnell McIntosh, Jermaine McGillvary, Jordan Turner, Akuila Uate, Lee Gaskell, Matt Frawley, Kruise Leeming, Suaia Matagi, Alex Mellor, Michael Lawrence, Oliver Roberts, Ukuma Ta’ai, Matty English, Jake Wardle, Colton Roche, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Sam Hewitt, Innes Senior, Joe Wardle.
St Helens’ 19-man squad:
Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Luke Thompson, Zeb Taia, Joseph Paulo, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Morgan Knowles, Kyle Amor, Dom Peyroux, Matty Lees, Jack Ashworth, Aaron Smith, Lachlan Coote.
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