SL Preview: Salford v St Helens

Salford welcome St Helens to the AJ Bell Stadium tonight, hoping to improve on their opening day defeat at Warrington.

Red Devils fans will be delighted that former Kiwi international Kevin Locke, who recently hinted that he might turn out for Scotland internationally, is included in the the squad.

Salford also bring Lama Tasi into the squad after Weller Hauraki was given a one-match ban. Prop Jordan Walne is also included.

St Helens will be missing half-back Luke Walsh again, as he has a virus. He remains a serious doubt for the Saints’ World Club Challenge clash with South Sydney too.

Utility forward Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook is also missing, thanks to a knock.

Salford Red Devils (19-man squad): Jones-Bishop, Caton-Brown, Chase, Dobson, Evalds, Fages, D Griffin, J Griffin, Hansen, Hock, Johnson, Lee, Locke, Morley, Paterson, Tasi, Taylor, A Walne, J Walne, Walton.

St Helens (19-man squad): Lomax, Makinson, Turner, Jones, Swift, Burns, Masoe, Roby, Amor, Vea, Wilkin, Walmsley, Flanagan, Hohaia, Percival, Richards, Wellens, Greenwood, Savelio.

Stats:

Paul Wellens is still one try behind second-placed Keith Senior in the list of Super League all-time try scorers. Wellens has scored 198 Super League tries in total.

Super League summary:

St Helens have won their last nine meetings (four away from home) with Salford, with the Red Devils’ last victory against the Saints coming 42-34 at The Willows on 15 May, 2010.

Salford won 4
St Helens won 31

Salford highest score: 42-34 (H, 2010) (Widest margin: 39-26, H, 1997)
St Helens highest score: 66-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 58-4, A, 2000)

Last ten meetings:

St Helens 32, Salford 12 (SLR15, 30/5/14)
Salford 0, St Helens 38 (SLR3, 27/2/14)
Salford 10, St Helens 52 (SLR19, 21/6/13)
St Helens 14, Salford 10 (SLR8, 22/3/13)
Salford 10, St Helens 32 (SLR18, 22/6/12)
St Helens 38, Salford 10 (SLR2, 10/2/12)
St Helens 31, Salford 6 (SLR26, 2/9/11)
Salford 22, St Helens 56 (SLR2, 18/2/11)
St Helens 58, Salford 34 (SLR19, 25/6/10)
Salford 42, St Helens 34 (SLR14, 15/5/10)

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