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Super League: St Helens v Wakefield Wildcats preview

Last updated: 14th August 2014  

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Daniel Smith: Back in the Wakefield Wildcats squad for the trip to Langtree Park

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Adam Swift: Returns to Nathan Brown's St Helens squad for the visit of Wakefield Wildcats

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Wakefield Wildcats travel to Langtree Park to face Super League leaders St Helens on Friday knowing victory is essential to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Prior to the Tetley’s Challenge Cup break James Webster’s Wildcats had their knockout ambitions dented by defeat against Huddersfield Giants at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Wakefield now stand four points adrift of Widnes in the fight for the final playoff place with only four rounds of regular season action remaining, and a trip to face the league leaders could make or break their push for a top-eight finish.

Both Saints and the Wildcats enter Round 24 fresh from a week off with neither featuring in the Challenge Cup semi-finals, although both endured defeats in their most recent Super League outings.

St Helens slumped to a 19-12 reverse at the hands of 11th-placed Hull FC last time out, while Wakefield’s loss to Huddersfield saw their remarkable late-season charge stutter after victories against reigning champions Wigan Warriors, rivals Leeds Rhinos and 2013 Grand Finalists Warrington Wolves.

"The break has been beneficial for us as we've had some good training days," Saints coach Nathan Brown told the club’s official website.

"We have lost a number of players in key positions so we've had to look at the way we play.

“To be honest, having a weekend off has meant we can look at our structures and move people from some different positions to give us a better opportunity of doing well.”

Despite losing to the Airlie Birds before the break, Saints retain a two-point at the Super League summit, but will be keen to return to winning ways with Wigan, Leeds and Castleford Tigers all tied on points below them.

Changes

Brown has winger Adam Swift back at his disposal for the Wildcats clash, meaning there is no place for Luke Thompson in the 19-man squad.

Meanwhile, Australian coach Webster has made four changes to his Wildcats squad ahead of the trip to Langtree Park.

Wakefield are once again able to call upon the services of Dean Collis, Daniel Smith and Scott Anderson following their respective injuries, while Jon Molloy also returns to the travelling party.

After missing the defeat to Huddersfield Giants through injury, Richard Mathers is not named in the squad, while the injured Nick Scruton, Jimmy Keinhorst and the departed Richard Moore are the other players to make way.

St Helens: Makinson, Turner, Jones, Swift, Masoe, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Soliola, Manu, Laffranchi, Flanagan, Amor, Wellens, Walmsley, Percival, Wheeler, Dawson, Richards, McDonnell

Wakefield Wildcats: D. Smith, Riley, Kirmond, Collis, Sykes, Lauitiiti, Raleigh, McShane, Gilmour, Sammut, Washbrook, Jowitt, Owen, Anderson, T. Smith, Tautai, Lyne, Molloy, Wildie

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 18th September
20:00Wigan vs Huddersfield
Friday 19th September
20:00St Helens vs Castleford
Saturday 20th September
14:45Warrington vs Widnes
17:15Leeds vs Catalan Dragons

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