Team news: Challenge Cup final (Sat)

Drew Darbyshire

Blake Austin has not been included in Warrington’s squad to face St Helens in the Challenge Cup final on Saturday.

The marquee half-back picked up an ankle injury in the defeat at Catalans earlier this month and he has not been included in the squad.

Steve Price has made two changes to his Warrington squad that lost at Wigan last week. Josh Charnley and Jack Hughes replace Matty Smith and Lama Tasi.

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook has made five changes to his outfit that beat Leeds last time out. Lachlan Coote, Joseph Paulo, Alex Walmsley, James Roby and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook return.

Jack Welsby, Matty Lees, Matty Costello, Aaron Smith, Joe Batchelor and Josh Eaves drop out for the Saints.

The televised Challenge Cup final takes place at Wembley on Saturday, 3pm kick-off.

Drew’s dabble: Mark Percival is 7/1 to score the game’s first try.

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, Zeb Taia, Joseph Paulo, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Morgan Knowles, Kyle Amor, Dom Peyroux, Jack Ashworth, James Bentley, Lachlan Coote.

Warrington’s 19-man squad: Sitaleki Akauola, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Matt Davis, Bryson Goodwin, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Toby King, Tom Lineham, Harvey Livett, Jake Mamo, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Dec Patton, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Ben Westwood.

St Helens are favourites to lift the Cup at 2/5, while Warrington’s odds are 9/4.

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