Super League’s runaway leaders St Helen’s have made two changes to their squad as they prepare for the visit of the Salford Red Devils to the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday evening.
Head coach Justin Holbrook has brought in former Championship young player of the year James Bentley and England academy star Jack Welsby as his side look to maintain their 100% home record and their 4-point gap at the top of the table.
The inclusion of the two youngsters comes at a price as experienced club captain James Roby (pictured) and last seasons Dream Team half back Danny Richardson both drop out. Roby is believed to have picked up an injury during last week’s Challenge cup defeat of Huddersfield Giant’s while Richardson has struggled for game time this season due to the excellent form of Theo Fages and Jonny Lomax in the halves.
On the other hand, Salford coach Ian Watson will be looking for a up turn in form after watching his side crash out of the cup with a surprise 18-32 defeat at the hands of Hull KR last week. He is able to bring in the experienced Logan Tomkins into his squad after the former Wigan hooker failed a fitness test last week, while new recruit Pauli Pauli is also named in the Match day squad. The pair take the place of Jake Bibby Josh Wood.
The giant Islander only moved to the Red Devils two days ago in a month’s loan that has Salford’s former Kiwi international centre Junior Sa’u moving in the opposite direction.
St Helens’ 19-man squad: Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Regan Grace, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley, Zeb Taia, Joseph Paulo, Morgan Knowles, Kyle Amor, Dom Peyroux, Adam Swift, Matty Lees, Jack Ashworth, Aaron Smith, James Bentley, Lachlan Coote, Matty Costello, Jack Welsby.
Salford’s 19-man squad: Niall Evalds, Kris Welham, Rob Lui, Lee Mossop, Gil Dudson, Josh Jones, George Griffin, Joey Lussick, Adam Walker, Greg Burke, Tyrone McCarthy, Ben Nakubuwai, Logan Tomkins, Dan Murray, Derrell Olpherts, Ken Sio, Krisnan Inu, Pauli Pauli, Jackson Hastings
Referee: S. Mikalauskas
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