Big match preview: Warrington v St Helens

The Background
Warrington will look to continue their resurgence in form on Thursday night as they welcome St Helens to the Halliwell Jones Stadium, aiming for a first win over the champions this season. After defeats to the Saints at both Langtree Park and at Magic Weekend so far in 2015, the Wolves will be looking to avoid a clean sweep of losses to Keiron Cunningham’s men. But with a win, St Helens will go top of the table ahead of Leeds’ meeting against Salford on Friday, and go a step closer to securing a place in the top two before the split.

The Team News
Warrington will be able to welcome back three key forwards from suspension on Thursday night. Ashton Sims, Ben Currie and Anthony England are back from one, two and four game bans respectively, and will give Tony Smith’s side some real punch against a huge St Helens pack. As for the Saints, Adam Quinlan will continue at full-back after scoring a hat-trick on his debut last week, whilst Cunningham will be hoping to welcome Jon Wilkin back into the fray too.


The Stats
St Helens have won on their last four visits to the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Warrington’s last home win against the Saints was 35-28 on 24 June, 2011.

Last 5 meetings:
St Helens 20, Warrington 16 (SLR16, 31/5/15) (at St James’ Park, Newcastle)
St Helens 32, Warrington 24 (SLR6, 19/3/15)
St Helens 12, Warrington 39 (SLR26, 4/9/14)
St Helens 24, Warrington 41 (SLR13, 18/5/14) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)
Warrington 8, St Helens 38 (SLR1, 13/2/14)


Super League summary
Warrington won 9 (includes win in 2012 play-offs)
St Helens won 41 (includes wins in 2010 and 2012 play-offs)
2 draws