Super League preview: St Helens v Wakefield Wildcats
Last Updated: 15/03/13 7:32pm
St Helens could come up against a familiar name on Friday night when they welcome Wakefield to Langtree Park.
The Wildcats are beset by injuries for the trip across the Pennines, meaning Bobbie Goulding - the son of the former Saints scrum-half of the same name, has been included in their 19-man squad.
"Easter is on the horizon and I think we've patched a couple of blokes up for the odd week too long."
The 19-year-old joined Wakefield in the off-season but has so far spent the campaign on dual registration at Championship side Doncaster. However, with half-back Tim Smith ruled out, Ricard Agar could call upon Goulding Jnr.
Danny Cowling and Matty Wildie have also been summoned back from Doncaster, while Kyle Amor is recalled after being dropped for last Sunday's 23-23 draw with Salford for disciplinary reasons.
The visitors have seen Justin Poore and Ali Lauitiiti also join a casualty list that already included fellow forwards Andy Raleigh and captain Danny Kirmond.
"We've been carrying one or two little bumps and knocks for a couple of weeks now," said Wildcats boss Agar. "Easter is on the horizon and I think we've patched a couple of blokes up for the odd week too long.
"The shorter turnaround has got us this week because we've lost that extra couple of days that would genuinely have helped us in a couple of instances to get people back and on the field.
"You play the cards your dealt and we'll send our strongest squad over there.
"The positive out of it is some guys are going to continue to get good experiences which is only going to help us in the long term and some guys that have been on the periphery sat waiting patiently for a chance are going to get that chance."
Saints, meanwhile, will be hoping to finally register their first Super League win at home under the stewardship of Nathan Brown.
They have lost twice and drawn once so far at Langtree Park, though they did record an excellent 22-10 victory away at Warrington last Friday in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
Brown is once again without Paul Wellens, with the full-back set to return next week against Salford City Reds. Tommy Makinson is recalled to the 19-man squad.
St Helens squad: Gardner, Turner, Soliola, Meli, Hohaia, Lomax, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Puletua, Wilkin, Manu, Laffranchi, Flanagan, Clough, Jones, Makinson, Greenwood, Walmsley, Walker.
Wakefield squad: Mathers, Fox, Collis, Lyne, Cockayne, Sykes, Wood, Amor, Aiton, Wildie, Mellars, Mariano, Washbrook, L Smith, Annakin, Trout, Wildie, Cowling, Goulding.
What they said...
St Helens back row Paul Clough
"We have now set our benchmark and we can't go out against Wakefield and put in a poor performance," he told the club's official website.
"We have to make our home a fortress and we haven't done that."
Wakefield coach Richard Agar
"We're looking for those players to stand up," he told the club's official website.
"We're looking for some of those players to give us the right response in this situation. I think the manner of our performance is very, very important."
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K RvsSalford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield WildcatsvsHull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2013, round seven
St Helens hooker James Roby is facing up to 10 weeks on the sidelines because of an ankle injury sustained last week.
Tony Rea was satisfied following his team's 26-12 win at Castleford which moved the Broncos off the foot of the table.
Bradford back Adrian Purtell was glad to be back in action as he helped the Bulls beat Hull KR.
- Broncos off the bottom
- Rampant Bulls see-off Rovers
- Betts: Dragons blew us away
- Anderson remains grounded
- Catalan cruise past Widnes
- McDermott - A frustrating win
- Smith hails Warrington defence
- Brown: Monkey off our back
- Saints enjoy home comforts
- Warriors wounded by Rhinos
- Rampant Wolves maul Salford
- Bulls v Rovers: Teams
- Tigers v Broncos: Teams
- Burrow on air
- Dragons v Vikings: Teams
- Fiddes' Cent
- Giants v Hull FC: Teams
- City Reds v Wolves: Teams
- Rhinos v Warriors: Teams
- Paterson eager to beat Bulls
- Purtell almost set for return
- Evans on comeback trail
- Goulding set to boost Wigan