There will be fireworks, says Cunningham

St Helens coach Keiron Cunningham has said he expects plenty of fireworks ahead of tonight’s game with Wigan – and says that their tough end to the Super 8s is ideal for their preparation for the play-offs.

The Saints close the Super 8s with games against the Warriors and then a clash against Warrington Wolves before the semi-finals, of which they are guaranteed a spot in already after last week’s win against Castleford.

And Cunningham says that whilst it’s been a tough draw for them to round off the league phase of the season, the high intensity of two derby games will be ample preparation for the business end of the season.

“We’ve not had the easiest of draws in the Super 8s and, if anything, we have the toughest finish too with Wigan and Warrington,” he said. “No matter how Warrington are going it is a local derby and always a tough game.

“And when we face Wigan there’s always fireworks. There’s no better games for us as we head into the semi-finals.

“We always work hard but in terms of motivation it doesn’t take a lot to get the players up this week.”