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
Thu 16th Apr
Wigan Warriors30 - 20Warrington Wolves
Fri 17th Apr
St Helens16 - 41Leeds Rhinos
Sun 19th Apr
Huddersfield Giants38 - 14Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings46 - 16Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield WildcatsvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds RhinosvsWarrington Wolves
St Helens0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans DragonsvsHull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Hull FC0 - 0Hull K R
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans Dragons0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
St Helens0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
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