Round 1 Opponents: Wigan Warriors
Ground: DW Stadium
Coach: Adrian Lam
Home colours: Cherry & White hooped jersey, Cherry shorts, Cherry & White Hooped socks
Alternative colours: Navy & Cyan jersey, Navy shorts, Navy & Cyan socks
Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Danny Richardson, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Luke Thompson, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dominique Peyroux, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 23. Lachlan Coote
Wigan: 1. Morgan Escaré, 2. Tom Davies, 3. Dan Sarginson, 4. Oliver Gildart, 6. George Williams, 7. Thomas Leuluai, 8. Tony Clubb, 9. Sam Powell, 10. Ben Flower, 11. Joe Greenwood, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sean O’Loughlin, 14. Romain Navarette, 15. Willie Isa, 16. Gabe Hamlin, 17. Liam Marshall, 19. Taulima Tautai, 20. Zak Hardaker, 22. Joe Bullock
Is 3 the Magic number?
Last time we started the season with a clash against Wigan was in 2011, in a game which ended in a 16-all draw at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Wigan had led by 16 points (3 tries, 2 goals) with 15 minutes left but late tries by from Jon Wilkin, Tony Puletua and Francis Meli earned Saints a share of the points.
3 of the Saints team from that day have been named in the 19 man squad for the opening fixture of Super League XXIV (Lomax, Roby and McCarthy-Scarsbrook) – Wigan also have 3 members of their 2011 matchday squad named in their 19 (Leuluai, O’Loughlin and Farrell).
The teams that day were:
Saints: Wellens, Gardner, Shenton, Lomax, Meli, Wheeler, Eastmond, Graham, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Soliola, Wilkin, Moore.
Replacements: Puletua, Clough, Foster, Dixon.
Wigan: S. Tomkins, Goulding, Gleeson, Carmont, Charnley, Deacon, Leuluai, Lima, McIlorum, Coley, Hoffman, J. Tomkins, O’Loughlin.
Replacements: Hansen, Prescott, Mossop, Farrell.
3 tries or 3 points
- Both Tommy Makinson and Zeb Taia have scored 3 tries in their last 4 home appearances against the Warriors.
- Oliver Gildart has scored 3 tries in his last 3 appearances at the Totally Wicked Stadium
- The last 2 regular season games held at St. Helens have ended with a 3 point winning margin. Saints scored 12 points in the first half of both games.
St. Helens 22 Wigan 19 (May 2017)
St. Helens 21 Wigan 18 (March 2018)
Last season at the Totally Wicked:
League – 30th March 2018
St. Helens 21
Tries: Barba, Taia, Grace Goals: Richardson (4) DG: Richardson
Tries: J Tomkins (2), Isa Goals: Escare (2), Williams
St Helens: Barba; Makinson, Morgan, Percival, Grace; Lomax, Richardson; Amor, Roby, Thompson, Peyroux, Taia, Wilkin.
Interchanges: Fages, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Douglas, Knowles.
Wigan: Escare; Davies, Bateman, Gildart, Burgess; Williams, Powell; Clubb, Leuluai, Flower, Isa, Farrell, O’Loughlin.
Replacements: J Tomkins, Sutton, Tautai, Woods.
Super 8’s – 31st August 2018
St. Helens 10
Tries: Makinson (2) Goal: Richardson
Wigan Warriors 30
Tries: Sarginson (2), Bateman, Davies, Gildart, O’Loughlin Goals: Williams (3)
St Helens: Barba; Makinson, Morgan, Percival, Grace; Lomax, Richardson; Douglas, Roby, Thompson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Taia, Knowles.
Replacements: Amor, Wilkin, Lees, Ashworth.
Wigan: Escare; Davies, Isa, Sarginson, Gildart; Williams, Leuluai; Navarrete, Powell, Flower, Greenwood, Bateman, O’Loughlin.
Replacements: Clubb, Sutton, Partington, Hamlin.