Leigh v St Helens: Predicted line-ups and late injury news

Tonight sees Super League new boys Leigh take on Champions St Helens. The Saints have won all four of their league fixtures so far this campaign and will be expected to make it five from five tonight. However, Leigh won’t go down without a fight. They beat the Saints in a pre-season friendly don’t forget.

The good news for Leigh is that Nathaniel Peteru, Matty Widle and Junior Sa’u could all return. However, I expect the latter two not to be risked especially with new signing Anthony Gelling available at centre leaving Sa’u with more time to fully recover. Joe Mellor, Adam Sidlow, Blake Wallace and Brendan Elliot all remain unavailable.

There’s good news for St Helens too on the injury front as they welcome Tommy Makinson back into the side. That does however leave coach Kristian Woolf with quite the selection headache thanks to the form of Jack Welsby. Thus, I can see Welsby starting this one on the bench. Meanwhile Joel Thompson is absent due to a foot injury meaning Joe Batchelor is likely to fill in at second-row. The Champions are still without Matty Lees and Morgan Knowels.

Leigh

22 Craig Mullen
2 Matty Russell
3 Iain Thornley
32 Anthony Gelling
5 Lewis Tierney
1 Ryan Brierley
30 Ben Reynolds
8 Ben Flower
9 Liam Hood
16 Nathaniel Peteru
11 Ben Hellewell
12 Jordan Thompson
21 Tyrone McCarthy

Substitutes

10 Mark Ioane
18 Matty Gee
15 Alex Gerrard
26 Nathan Peats

St Helens

1 Lachlan Coote
2 Tommy Makinson
3 Kevin Naiqama
4 Mark Percival
5 Regan Grace
6 Jonny Lomax
7 Theo Fages
8 Alex Walmsley
9 James Roby
15 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
20 Joe Batchelor
12 James Bentley
14 Sione Mata’utia

Substitutes

16 Kyle Amor
17 Agnatius Paasi
18 Jack Welsby
23 Jake Wingfield

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