Last weekend there was a huge moment for British rugby league as St Helens defeated NRL Champions Penrith Panthers in their own backyard to be crowned Champions of the World.
But now, after a 53-hour journey due to “complications” the Saints face the tough task of taking on the Castleford Tigers just eight days after winning the World Club Challenge.
The Tigers meanwhile endured a mixed opening weekend. After a terrible start against Hull FC, they battled back and if they take the momentum generated by their nearly sensational comeback they will start strong against the Saints and make them work hard for the win.
This could be the Tigers’ perfect chance to defeat the Champions of Super League and the World.
The Tigers will definitely be without Kieran Hudson after an achilles injury in pre-season.
It is unclear where Callum McLelland is with his fitness. He told the Wakefield Express that he is “raring to go.” Fellow halfback Danny Richardson isn’t, he’ll miss the entire season.
Greg Eden missed out last week but Joe Westerman didn’t despite the video of him on social media.
He will play again as that particular story begins to fade.
The Saints will definitely be without Tommy Makinson after he failed a Head Injury Assessment during the World Club Challenge.
Joe Batchelor will also be absent following an ankle injury against St George Illawarra Dragons.
There will likely be a few others who miss out through bangs and bruises after the ferocious battle down under.
Meanwhile, some star men could do with a deserved rest.
How to watch
The game kicks off at 13:00 and TV coverage starts from 12:30 on Channel 4.