Challenge Cup semi-final team news: St Helens v Halifax (Sat)

Eight regulars are set to return for St Helens in their Challenge Cup semi-final against Halifax on Saturday.

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook has made eight changes to his side that lost in London last week. James Roby, Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley and Luke Thompson come back into the squad.

Jack Welsby, Adam Swift, Josh Simm, Aaron Smith, Joe Batchelor, Josh Eaves, Callum Hazzard and Lewis Dodd drop out of the side.

Simon Grix has made one change to his Halifax outfit that drew against Dewsbury in the Championship last time out. Scott Grix comes in for Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e.

The televised Challenge Cup semi-final takes place at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday, 4:30pm kick-off.

Drew’s dabble: St Helens are 3/1 to win by 41-50 points.

St Helens’ 19-man squad: Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Theo Fages, Danny Richardson, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Luke Thompson, Joseph Paulo, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Morgan Knowles, Kyle Amor, Dom Peyroux, Matty Lees, Jack Ashworth, James Bentley, Matty Costello.

Halifax’s 19-man squad: Ed Barber, Liam Cooper, Dan Fleming, Ben Johnston, Ben Kaye, Brandon Moore, Scott Murrell, James Saltonstall, Adam Tangata, Chester Butler, Jacob Fairbank, Scott Grix, Ben Kavanagh, Kevin Larroyer, Elliot Morris, Shaun Robinson, Will Sharp, Steve Tyrer, James Woodburn-Hall.

St Helens are massive favourites to reach the final at 1/200, while Halifax are huge underdogs at 33/1.

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