Warrington vs St Helens Super League Round 5 Preview

A resurgent Warrington side take on undoubtedly the toughest team in the England right now in the form of St Helens, the Saints are one of only two teams who currently hold a 100% record in the league, Wakefield being the other one.

Last season's two meetings saw both sides claim one win each, both by large margins, Saints winning their first meeting 31 points to 6 but then losing later in the season 40-18 to the Wolves, this has been a recurrent theme between these two sides meeting for some time, Round 3 of the 2011 Super League season was the last time that the Wolves managed to claim a win against St Helens in their first meeting of the regular season.
Both teams are managing to stave off injury thus far in the competition, Saints however are missing young talent Morgan Knowles through suspension and stalwart forward Jon Wilkin due to a concussion, other than those two, both sides are fielding almost identical sides to the teams that ran out in round 1 of the Super League. The Wolves have made a return to form after losing their opening two games of the season, a win against Wigan in their last fixture shows that they are not to be underestimated, especially with strike weapon Bryson Goodwin on the edges.

Warrington -  Ryan Atkins, Kevin Brown, Mitch Brown, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Dominic Crosby, Bryson Goodwin, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, George King, Toby King, Tom Lineham, Harvey Livett, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Tyrone Roberts, Morgan Smith, Ben Westwood.

Saints - Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Ryan Morgan, Mark Percival, Adam Swift, Theo Fages, Matty Smith, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Kyle Amor, Zeb Taia, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Luke Douglas, Luke Thompson, Dom Peyroux, Danny Richardson, Regan Grace, Matty Lees, Ben Barba.

Although the Wolves appear to finally be clicking after their mass overhaul, I think I still have to back Saints on this one, Barba has been playing incredibly and has really encouraged the players around him to come to his level which has brought an overall rise in standards to the table. Roberts and Brown are yet to really figure each other out which is leading to disjointed play where structure is required. This game I'm going Saints by 12+ points based on; form, recent history and the aforementioned 2011 record.



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