The top two in Super league clash tonight as leaders St Helens travel the short distance to the Halliwell Jones Stadium to face second placed Warrington Wolves knowing that victory would open up an eight-point gap at the summit.
The main news ahead of the clash in Warrington’s addition of former England Rugby Union centre Luther Burrell who only joined the club a few weeks ago once his commitments to Northampton Saints and their season where finished.
Burrell being named in the first team squad so early and in a clash of this magnitude as defeat would put St Helens in a prime postion to finish top and take the league leaders shield for the second year running.
However, Warrington head coach Steven Price is more than confident Burrell has the ability to make it in this code as he told Sky Sports;
“He is doing some really good things in training. We have got another training session to go on Thursday and then I'll make a decision, it is just about understanding the people around him and he is doing a really good job at that.”
With no new injury concerns following last weeks defeat of Wakefield Trinity with just England international Stefan Ratchford their main absentee as Price continued;
“We're pretty healthy. We came through the Wakefield game last week in pretty good shape. We had a good session today and we're really excited for Friday. Hopefully we get a sell-out crowd and have two good teams going hard at it.”
The visitors come into the game off the back of a solid win 36-10 over bottom of the table Leeds Rhinos last weekend, although it came at a cost as influential back rower Zeb Taia as since been ruled out for up to six weeks after dislocating his Shoulder in that game. This means he will miss the clubs Challenge cup semi final against Halifax at the end of July.
However, St Helen’s have plenty in reserve and in comes welsh international Morgan Knowles and former NRL star Joseph Paulo also returns.
England centre Mark Percival is named in the 19 man squad after being substituted early last week but only as a precaution.
Warrington 19-man squad: Sitaleki Akauola, Blake Austin, Luther Burrell, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Matt Davis, Bryson Goodwin, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Toby King, Tom Lineham, Jake Mamo, Declan Patton, Joe Philbin, Lama Tasi, Danny Walker.
St Helens 19-man squad: Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley, Luke Thompson, Joseph Paulo, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Morgan Knowles, Kyle Amor, Dom Peyroux, Matty Lees, Jack Ashworth, Aaron Smith, James Bentley, Lachlan Coote, Matty Costello.
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