Super League: Friday’s talking points and team news


4:03 Highlights of St Helens’ dominant win over Wigan in Super League in September

Opposite number Adrian Lam will be fielding a much more experienced side than when Wigan face Saints in September, having rotated his squad that night with an eye on the Challenge Cup semi-finals.

That was the Warriors’ fifth-straight loss in the derby clash and ex-Wigan half-back Lam wants to put that behind them when Super League’s top two go head-to-head.

“Going there is a great challenge for us and I think we’re due,” Lam said. “We want to play in these big games, it’s a massive arch-rival of ours.

“The supporters show their true colours in these situations and they can’t be there, so we need to give a good performance for them.

“Most importantly we need to keep our season on track. We’ve a chance of going to the top of the table after this win so it’s important that we do everything right.”

St Helens: Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, James Roby, Zeb Taia, Dom Peyroux, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Morgan Knowles, Matty Lees, Kyle Amor, Joseph Paulo, James Bentley, Jack Welsby, Josh Eaves, Josh Simm, Lewis Dodd, Jake Wingfield, James Graham.

Wigan Warriors: Zak Hardaker, Chris Hankinson, Oliver Gildart, Joe Burgess, Bevan French, Tommy Leuluai, Tony Clubb, Sam Powell, George Burgess, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Joe Greenwood, Morgan Smithies, Oliver Partington, Joe Bullock, Liam Byrne, Jake Bibby, Harry Smith, Jackson Hastings, Brad Singleton.


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