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  • Wellens, Makinson (2),
    Goals: Percival (2),
  • Super League
  • 27th Jun 2014
  • KO 20:00
  • Att: 20,224

Super League: Wigan Warriors v St Helens preview

Last updated: 27th June 2014  

JOSH JONES ST HELENS SUPER LEAGUE

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LIAM FARRELL WIGAN WARRIORS ST HELENS

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Wigan Warriors could snatch top spot from rivals St Helens when the pair lock horns at the DW Stadium in Friday’s lone Super League encounter.

Nathan Brown’s Saints enter the Round 18 derby with a two-point advantage over their neighbours, but victory for reigning champions Wigan would see them move to the Super League summit courtesy of their free-scoring form.

The Warriors have raced in more tries (99) than any other side in this season’s competition on their way to a positive points difference of 252, while Saints are just 181 in the black despite chalking up 95 tries.

Although relentless in attack, the defending Super League champions will be on a recovery mission following their 36-28 reverse at the hands of Wakefield, with the Wildcats claiming their first win over the Warriors since 2009 at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium last Sunday.

St Helens maintained their league lead with a 38-16 triumph over Castleford Tigers at Langtree Park, with Paul Wellens and Mark Percival both crossing the whitewash twice.

Warriors coach Shaun Wane welcomes back Matty Bowen, Joe Burgess, Gil Dudson, Dom Crosby and John Bateman to the squad after they all missed the defeat to Wakefield.

Liam Farrell has been ruled out after being handed a one-match ban for lifting Taulima Tautai in Sunday’s clash, while Anthony Gelling retains his place having submitted an early guilty plea to his charge of punching in the same match.

Josh Charnley and Darrell Goulding are both ruled out through injury and are replaced by Dom Manfredi and Cumbrian half-back Jamie Doran, who is called in from the club’s Under 19 side as cover for Sam Powell, who has been battling with injury.

Changes

Meanwhile, Brown has made just two changes to the Saints squad which prevailed against the Tigers on home soil.

Alex Walmsley returns from suspension and Josh Jones is also recalled as Gary Wheeler and Andre Savelio lose their place for the short trip to the backyard of their fiercest rivals.

Despite being in possession of top spot, Brown has warned his players they must be hungrier if they are to see off a Wigan side that triumphed in the Good Friday fixture between the pair at Langtree Park.

"We're looking forward to the derby," he told the club’s official website. "The intensity is higher and it is usually a higher quality game than most other Super League matches.

“The local Saints and Wigan lads look forward to it in particular and there is a lot of good rivalry there.

"They beat us physically last time and we know they can start quite well. They started better than us, then we fought back, and then their start was better in the second half. We need to start better and be hungrier.”

Wigan Warriors: Bateman, Bowen, Burgess, Burke, Crosby, Doran, Dudson, Flower, Gelling, Hughes, James, Manfredi, Murphy, O'Loughlin, S. Powell, Sarginson, Smith, Taylor, Williams

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

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Super League Table

Super League Table - August 30 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 25 38
2 Wigan Warriors 25 33
3 Warrington Wolves 25 33
4 Huddersfield Giants 25 33
5 Leeds Rhinos 25 32
6 Castleford Tigers 24 32
7 Catalan Dragons 25 25
8 Widnes Vikings 25 25
9 Hull K R 25 21
10 Hull FC 25 20
11 Salford Red Devils 24 19
12 Wakefield Wildcats 24 19
13 Bradford Bulls * 24 8
14 London Broncos 25 2
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