St Helens and Wakefield have both announced their 21-man squads for Friday evening’s Super League Round Three clash at the Totally Wicked Stadium (KO 6:00pm).
The reigning champions have started this season how they left off last year, cruising past Salford and Hull KR before progressing to the Challenge Cup quarter final with a 26-18 win over a gutsy Leeds side.
Trinity are yet to find their groove in 2021, putting in a positive showing in a 28-22 loss to the Rhinos in Round One, before convincing 20+ point defeats against Wigan and Catalans, with the latter knocking them out of the Cup.
Rumours are circulating, however, that Chris Chester’s side could be on the verge of signing Australian international Andrew Fifita, a move which would certainly spark excitement around West Yorkshire.
The game will be available to watch for free for season ticket holders via the Our League app.
There’s three changes for Saints, who are without Matty Lees and Sione Mata’utia through leg and head problems respectively. They are replaced by Dan Norman and Tom Nisbet. Aaron Smith also returns from concussion protocols in place of Josh Simm, who has joined Leigh on loan. Morgan Knowles continues his recovery from a thumb injury.
21-man squad: 1 Lachlan Coote, 2 Tom Makinson, 3 Kevin Naiqama, 4 Mark Percival, 5 Regan Grace, 6 Jonny Lomax, 7 Theo Fages, 8 Alex Walmsley, 9 James Roby, 11 Joel Thompson, 12 James Bentley, 15 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16 Kyle Amor, 17 Agnatius Paasi, 18 Jack Welsby, 19 Aaron Smith, 20 Joe Batchelor, 21 Lewis Dodd, 23 Jake Wingfield, 25 Dan Norman, 26 Tom Nisbet.
Trinity are forced into several changes, with Max Jowitt (concussion), Tom Johnstone (concussion), Matty Ashurst and Bill Tupou dropping out through injury, while Kelepi Tanginoa is also unavailable through suspension. The positive news is that Eddie Battye and Kyle Wood both return from calf problems, while youngsters Jack Croft, Lee Kershaw, Ollie Greensmith and Dane Windrow are also drafted in. Adam Tangata has played his last Trinity game after joining Halifax Panthers, while Yusuf Aydin has been loaned out to York for two weeks.
21-man squad: 4 Reece Lyne, 6 Jacob Miller, 7 Mason Lino, 8 David Fifita, 9 Kyle Wood, 10 Tinirau Arona, 13 Joe Westerman, 14 Jay Pitts, 15 Eddie Battye, 16 James Batchelor, 17 Chris Green, 18 Innes Senior, 19 Jordy Crowther, 20 Joe Arundel, 23 Josh Wood, 24 Jack Croft, 25 Brad Walker, 27 Lee Kershaw, 29 Ryan Hampshire, 32 Ollie Greensmith, 34 Dane Windrow.