Paul Wellens’ St Helens side are in the unusual position of having lost their last two games.
The Champions have very rarely been in this position but this week they host a Hull FC side in the same spot who lost last week 60-14 to Salford Red Devils.
However, Wellens has dismissed that defeat as a “freak result” and is expecting a big challenge from Hull FC.
“A coach in the shape of Tony Smith who has a wealth of experience and experienced players too,” he said on Saints TV.
“I won’t ready too much into last week, sometimes you can get freak results.
“They are a team that went to Headingley and won earlier on in the year so that gives an indication to the quality they have.
“We give them the upmost respect.”
He went on to suggest that currently the table means very little:
“It has been a really unpredictable Super League and what people would class as surprise results but often when you look at the first five or six rounds it often throws up results that people wouldn’t expect.
“When you look at the table, they say in the Premier League you need to look at it after 10 games to see the runners and riders and it maybe the case in Super League as well.”
Wellens was also very pleased to have Curtis Sironen back in the mix.
“We have Curtis back. He has been fantastic for us since he has been at the club and he improves us as a team.”