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  • Wellens (2), Turner, Makinson, Percival (2), Walsh,
    Goals: Walsh (5),
38 - 16

Castleford

  • Dorn, Dixon, Sneyd,
    Goals: Sneyd (2),
  • Super League
  • 22nd Jun 2014
  • KO 15:00
  • Att: 12,648

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Last updated: 22nd June 2014  

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St Helens could return to the top of the Super League table on Sunday with another success over Castleford Tigers at Langtree Park.

Wigan Warriors moved top on Wednesday following their thumping 48-4 success over slumping Widnes Vikings.

Saints have already toppled the Tigers once this season, however, Nathan Brown’s men did it the hard way after coming from 24-6 down at half-time to secure a last-gasp 30-28 triumph.

St Helens did the double over Castleford last season while a win for the Tigers on Sunday would see Daryl Powell’s men move level on points with Brown’s troops.

The home side are set to switch skipper Paul Wellens back to full-back in the place of the injured Jonny Lomax. They are also boosted by the return from injury of back-row forward Jon Wilkin and winger Adam Swift.

Saints also welcome back stand-off Lance Hohaia, who missed last week's 42-0 defeat by Catalan in Perpignan to be beside his pregnant wife. Prop Alex Walmsley is missing through suspension.

“If you look at the competition table there are five or six teams there or thereabouts,” Brown told the St Helens Star.

Competition

“The competition is close - Cas, Leeds, Wigan, Warrington and Saints are not running away with it. The thing is being consistent enough to win enough games and play well at the right time of the year.

“Every team is going to have a blip. Leeds have only won one of their last four and that was against Leigh.”

Castleford coach Daryl Powell recalls his captain Michael Shenton, along with Marc Sneyd, Andy Lynch and Daryl Clark who all sat out last week's defeat at Wigan.

However, there is no place yet for new signing Garreth Carvell. James Clare, Ben Reynolds and Ashley Gibson are the men to make way.

“It’s pretty tight now at the top of Super League,” Powell told the Castleford and Pontefract Express. “Obviously, St Helens got rattled a bit last week at Catalan so it will be an interesting game for us.

“We need to get some consistency back. It’s a new block of games for us now and there are some tough matches in there but we need to respond.”

St Helens: Makinson, Turner, Swift, Hohaia, Walsh, Masoe, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Soliola, Wilkin, Manu, Flanagan, Wellens, Percival, Wheeler, Dawson, Richards, Thompson, Savelio.

Castleford Tigers: Dixon, Shenton, Webster, Carney, Dorn, Sneyd, Lynch, Milner, Huby, Millington, Hauraki, Massey, Clark, Holmes, Mariano, Wheeldon, Ellis, Finn, Jewitt.

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Super League Table

Super League Table - September 14 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 27 38
2 Wigan Warriors 27 37
3 Huddersfield Giants 27 37
4 Castleford Tigers 27 36
5 Warrington Wolves 27 35
6 Leeds Rhinos 27 32
7 Catalan Dragons 27 29
8 Widnes Vikings 27 27
9 Hull K R 27 23
10 Salford Red Devils 27 23
11 Hull FC 27 22
12 Wakefield Wildcats 27 21
13 Bradford Bulls * 27 10
14 London Broncos 27 2
Forthcoming Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
Super League
Thursday 2nd October
20:00St Helens vs Catalan Dragons
Friday 3rd October
20:00Wigan vs Warrington
Today's Results
TimeResult
Super League
Friday 26th September
Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalan Dragons
Thursday 25th September
Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington
Saturday 20th September
Leeds 20 - 24 Catalan Dragons
Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes
Friday 19th September
St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford
Thursday 18th September
Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield
Sunday 14th September
Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R
Saturday 13th September
Catalan Dragons 28 - 6 Castleford
London Broncos 36 - 46 Bradford
Friday 12th September
Salford 36 - 6 Widnes

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