St Helens vs Castleford Tigers: Team news, match preview and score prediction

The Champions suffered their worst defeat since 2016 last week in a game that also saw them lose Regan Grace meaning he has now played his last game for the Saints.

It’s Castleford who could face the black lash whilst they themselves deal with the blow of a comprehensive derby defeat to Wakefield last week.

Both sides immediately need to get back on the horse with a League Leaders’ Shield up for grabs for Saints and a play-off spot tempting the Tigers.

Team News

Tommy Makinson is back just in time to replace the injured Regan Grace whose Saints career is now all but over. Dan Norman is also back from injury replacing Agnatius Paasi due to concussion as Curtis Sironen remains in the squad despite a bicep problem last week as Sam Royale returns immediately after returning from his loan spell at Hull KR.

For the Tigers Gareth O’Brien and Alex Mellor return as Cheyse Blair is included as is Sosaia Feki on his return to the 21-man squad. Jake Mamo misses out with a head knock as Daniel Smith, George Lawler and Kieran Hudson all drop out.

Match Preview – Key Battles:

Morgan Knowles vs Joe Westerman: The battle we’ve all been waiting for since Lee Radford suggested earlier this season that Westerman was enjoying a better campaign than his St Helens’ counterpart. A pair of very different 13s but both have definite quality. It’ll be great to see them do battle.

James Roby vs Paul McShane: Though James Roby may have to start in the halves as Saints struggle with injuries, it’ll still be interesting to see who gets the edge between him and Paul McShane as they both strive to control the game.

Joe Batchelor vs Kenny Edwards: Joe Batchelor is still somehow underrated by most but has the perfect blend of attacking quality and defensive strength. Thus, it’ll be great to see him battle against the always dangerous Kenny Edwards.

Where the game will be won and lost:

Though Saints are suffering from injuries, they still have a very strong pack at present so could still dominate the middle third of the field. Thus, it’ll be on them to take their chances and find a way to be dangerous without so many key attacking players.

Score Prediction: St Helens 24-10 Castleford Tigers

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