St Helens boss Kristian Woolf excited to experience Challenge Cup for first time

St Helens coach Kristian Woolf is looking forward to experiencing the Challenge Cup for the first time this weekend.

A re-run of last year’s Wembley decider takes place on Saturday when holders Warrington take on Super League champions St Helens.

Woolf watched last August’s final on television from his home in Australia and is looking forward to experiencing the famous knockout competition for the first time.

“In Australia you know the history and the importance of the Challenge Cup,” Woolf said. “It’s something I’ve always kept a close eye on.

“I’ve always been a bit intrigued in terms of how a competition runs parallel with another competition, it’s a little bit different to what I’ve experienced before, that’s for sure.”

Woolf expects England centre Mark Percival to return from injury while the Wolves are still without Gareth Widdop and winger Tom Lineham will start an eight-game ban.

However, Warrington can welcome back co-captains Chris Hill and Jack Hughes along with hooker Daryl Clark, who missed last week’s game to be with his wife as she gave birth to their first daughter.

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