SUPER 8S PREVIEW: Leeds v St Helens

Leeds will want to avoid any hint of a Challenge Cup final ‘hangover’ following their emphatic win over Hull KR at Wembley last week.

Coach Brian McDermott has made one change to his 19-man squad from the group which travelled to Wembley, with Josh Walters replacing Ash Handley.

St Helens are yet to win a game in the Super 8s, and will be glad to welcome back their experienced utility player Jon Wilkin, who has recovered from a thumb injury.

Matt Dawson is omitted from coach Keiron Cunningham‘s squad.

Leeds Rhinos (19-man squad): Ablett, Achurch, Briscoe, Burrow, Cuthbertson, Delaney, Garbutt, Hall, Hardaker, Keinhorst, Leuluai, McGuire, Moon, Peacock, Sinfield, Singleton, Walters, Ward, Watkins

St Helens (19-man squad): Amor, Burns, Flanagan, Greenwood, Jones, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Makinson, Masoe, Percival, Richards, Quinlan, Roby, Savelio, Swift, Thompson, Turner, Walmsley, Walsh, Wilkin

Stats:

Leeds’ Kevin Sinfield has scored points in 22 consecutive games against St Helens, a streak which started in the 2008 Super League Grand Final. He last failed to score in the 2008 Qualifying semi-final at Knowsley Road, where he missed his one goal attempt in a 38-10 defeat.

Zak Hardaker needs two tries to reach a career century of touchdowns. Hardaker has scored 65 tries for Leeds since 2011, to go with representative scores for England (three, 2012-2013) and England Knights (two, 2012). He also scored 28 tries for previous club Featherstone (2010-2011).

Kallum Watkins needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns. Watkins has scored 91 tries for Leeds since 2008, to go with eight scores for England since 2012.

Jordan Turner needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns. His total of 99 has been scored as follows: 24 for Salford (2006-2009), 34 for Hull FC (2010-2012), 39 for St Helens (2013-2015) and two for England Knights (2012).

Jon Wilkin needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns. His total of 99 has been scored as follows: 8 for Hull KR (2000-2002), 90 for St Helens (2003-2015) and one for England (2004-2005, 2008-2009 & 2011-2012). Wilkin also made six non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).

Tommy Makinson is 16 points away from 500 (484 for St Helens, 2011-2015)

Super League Summary:

Leeds won 27 (includes wins in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 Grand Finals; 1998, 2005 and 2013 play-offs)
St Helens won 30 (includes wins in 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008 play-offs)
Leeds highest score: 74-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 70-0, H, 2004)
St Helens highest score: 62-18 (H, 1999) (Widest margin: 56-10, H, 2004)

Last 10 Meetings:

Leeds 24, St Helens 14 (CCSF, 31/7/15) (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)
Leeds 46, St Helens 18 (SLR20, 3/7/15)
St Helens 16, Leeds 41 (SLR11, 17/4/15)
Leeds 12, St Helens 13 (SLR25, 29/8/14)
Leeds 32, St Helens 12 (CCR5, 26/4/14)
St Helens 14, Leeds 10 (SLR7, 28/3/14)
Leeds 11, St Helens 10 (SLPSF, 20/9/13)
Leeds 22, St Helens 30 (SLR15, 20/5/13)
St Helens 12, Leeds 20 (SLR5, 1/3/13)
Leeds 18, St Helens 31 (SLR14, 21/5/12)

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