Super League: Warrington Wolves host St Helens at the Halliwell Jones Stadium
Last Updated: 14/02/14 11:12pm
Last season's Super League runners-up Warrington Wolves get the new campaign underway on Thursday night as rivals St Helens visit the Halliwell Jones Stadium, live on Sky Sports.
With defending champions Wigan Warriors losing to Huddersfield Giants last Friday, the north-west derby offers both sides the opportunity to lay down a strong marker as Round One continues.
Wolves endured Grand Final heartache for the second time in as many years in October, losing 30-16 to Wigan Warriors at Old Trafford, a year after their 26-18 defeat to Leeds Rhinos.
A fifth-place finish saw Saints in the knockout stages, but they stalled in the preliminary semi-finals as they were edged out 11-10 by the Rhinos.
Warrington head coach Tony Smith could hand a debut to former New Zealand captain Roy Asotasi.
The prop features in the 19-man squad for Thursday night's game, as does fellow new arrival Anthony England, but full-back Matty Russell has been ruled out with an ankle injury.
St Helens coach Nathan Brown has also included winter signings, Australian Luke Walsh and former Wakefield Wildcat Kyle Amor, in his match-day squad.
Another new addition, Samoa prop Mose Masoe, misses out after ankle surgery but may be fit by the end of the month.
Although experienced head Adrian Morley, Lee Briers, Brett Hodgson and Gareth Carvell all operated the exit turnstile at the climax of the 2013 season, Smith's Wolves are still expected to be in contention.
Brown's turbulent first season at the helm started badly, mainly due to a spate of injuries, before recovering to take a play-off spot, only for a late Danny McGuire drop-goal to them a semi-final place.
Boosted by news of key players such as James Roby and Jonny Lomax committing their long-term futures to the club, Saints are hopeful of winning a first domestic trophy since 2008.
Saints won the first meeting between the sides last term before Warrington went on to claim victory in the subsequent two clashes.
Warrington Wolves: Asotasi, Atkins, Bridge, Currie, Dwyer, England, B. Evans, Higham, Hill, Laithwaite, J. Monaghan, M. Monaghan, Myler, O'Brien, Ratchford, C. Riley, G. Riley, Waterhouse, Westwood.
St Helens: Lomax, Makinson, Turner, Jones, Swift, Hohaia, Walsh, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Soliola, Wilkin, Manu, Laffranchi, Amor, Wellens, Walmsley, Percival, Wheeler, Richards.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St 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 2014, round one
Kirk Dixon passed the one thousand point mark for Castleford who got their campaign off to a winning start with victory at Bradford.
Tom Briscoe scored a debut hat-trick as Leeds beat Hull KR 34-6 in front of a record crowd at the KC Lightstream Stadium.
Salford won their first game of the new season after handing debuts to all 13 of their starting line up against Wakefield.
- Dixon 'the ultimate pro'
- Noble happy with opening win
- Betts: Tougher tasks ahead
- McDermott praise for Briscoe
- Vikings on the rampage
- Salford start with victory
- Briscoe stars for Rhinos
- Tigers rally to beat Bulls
- Cummins allays turmoil fears
- Radford relieved at narrow win
- Hull cling on for victory
- Vikings v Broncos: Teams
- Red Devils v Wildcats: Teams
- Bulls v Tigers: Teams
- Hull KR v Rhinos: Teams
- Walsh: Good start for Saints
- Saints storm past Wolves
- Hull v Catalan Dragons: Teams
- Rovers to set crowd record
- Wellens: new boys boost Saints
- Forward thinking from Wolves