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 game kicks off at 13:00 at the Jungle.
TV coverage starts at 12:30 on Channel 4.
Now the team news is in and the Tigers have cause for concern as Jack Welsby, Jonny Lomax and Lewis Dodd all start.
There is a debut for Tee Ritson on the wing alongside a first start of the season for Jon Bennison.
Joey Lussick starts ahead of James Roby who is having a scan.
The likes of Agnatius Paasi and Will Hopoate also miss out.
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☝ @tee_ritson makes his official competitive debut for the Red-V this afternoon, whilst Bennison, Lussick and Bell come into the starting 13!
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— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) February 26, 2023
As for the Tigers, Jack Broadbent gets his first start at centre. Albert Vete starts at prop and Joe Westerman is no where to be seen as George Lawler starts at loose-forward.
Muizz Mustapha will debut off the bench.
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— Castleford Tigers (@CTRLFC) February 26, 2023