St Helens head coach Justin Holbrook has made just one change to his side as they take on this season surprise package Wakefield Trinity in their do or die game at the Beaumont Stadium tonight (thurs).
Following on from last week’s 16-26 defeat to arch rivals Wigan Warriors, youngster Danny Richardson has been recalled into the travelling squad in place of former Wakefield Trinity prop forward Kyle Amor.
Defeat would mean the end of the road for St Helens, who have lost their last three match’s, which has seen them slide down to 6th in the league table and with only 3 games reminding they must win all three and still rely on others to drop points to ensure a top four finish and a trip to Castleford Tigers in the Semi Finals. It is expected that Theo Fage will play some part in this crucial game after missing out on a shirt last week, while former NRL star Ben Barba should keep the fullback position after making a credible debut last week.
Wakefield Boss, Chris Chester has kept faith with the 17 that destroyed Salford Red Devils playoff hopes with a 18-43 victory at the AJ Bell stadium last week. Another former NRL star Tyler Randell will make his home debut after scoring two tries in his first Wakefield outing last weekend.
With both teams currently achieving one win apiece in this season previous meetings, including a 16-41 victory for St Helens only a matter of weeks ago, with both teams fighting for that final top four finish, this game sure be a battle royal from start to finish.
Wakefield Trinity: Chris Annakin, Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, Mason Caton-Brown, Anthony England, David Fifita, Liam Finn, Scott Grix, Dean Hadley, James Hasson, Keegan Hirst, Craig Huby, Ben Jones-Bishop, Danny Kirmond, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Tyler Randell, Bill Tupou.
St Helens: Ben Barba, Luke Douglas, Theo Fages, Regan Grace, Morgan Knowles, Matty Lees, Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Ryan Morgan, Mark Percival, Dominique Peyroux, Danny Richardson, James Roby, Matty Smith, Zeb Taia, Luke Thompson, Alex Walmsley, Jon Wilkin.