Warrington suffer potential blow against St Helens

Josh McAllister
Daryl Clark, Casualty Ward. PA Images.

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Warrington could be without Daryl Clark for the remainder of their clash with St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium due to injury.

The international hooker started at loose forward for the Wire, with Joe Philbin, Gil Dudson and Paul Vaughan all missing through respective suspensions.

Joe Bullock also continues to be sidelined through a finger injury, although head coach Daryl Powell is hoping to have the Blackpool-born prop back after the international break against Wakefield.

Powell previously said: “Joe Bullock will be (back for) Wakefield I think but we’ll see what he’s like tomorrow.”

Clark, 30, left the field at 16-0 down, with Peter Mata’utia replacing him from the interchange bench.

Jon Wells confirms Daryl Clark blow

On the sidelines, Sky Sports pundit Jon Wells reported that Warrington could be without the key man for the rest of the fixture.

He reported: “Daryl Clark has got an injury to his left lower limb. I don’t think we’ll see him back.

“It could be significant one.”

Powell’s side find themselves 16-6 down with five minutes to go until the break, with St Helens centre and Tonga star Konrad Hurrell opening the scoring, intercepting a pass from newly appointment England captain George Williams.

Jonny Lomax scored his side’s second, before Will Hopoate made it 16-0, with youngster Jon Bennison converting two of the three tries.

Scotland international Matty Russell hit back for the visitors, scoring his 100th career try.

James Harrison returned from injury to start for Warrington, named at starting prop alongside Josh McGuire, with Clark at 13.

Ben Currie and Matty Nicholson make up the back-row, with Mata’utia, Sam Kasiona, Lucas Green and Josh Thewlis completing the bench.

Meanwhile, St Helens are without Sione Mata’utia, Alex Walmsley, Agnatius Paasi, Jake Wingfield, Tommy Makinson, Mark Percival and Curtis Sironen due to injury, while Morgan Knowles continues to serve his five-match ban.

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