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Theo Fages returns to St Helens with Huddersfield on Friday night

We break down the buzz and news from the team as Round 19 of the Betfred Super League season kicks off on Friday night, including St Helens v Huddersfield Giants live on Sky Sports…

St Helens vs Huddersfield Giants (8pm, live on Sky Sports)

Kristian Woolf will be looking forward to welcoming Theo Fages back to the Totally Wicked Stadium when St Helens host Huddersfield in Friday’s clash of first versus third in the Super League.

Scrum-half Fages made his long-awaited return for the Giants in their 30-18 win over the Salford Red Devils at Magic Weekend and is now likely to face the club with whom he won two Grand Finals during his time there.

Saint Helena vs Huddersfield Giants

July 15, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

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There will be no room for Saints sentiment on Friday as they aim to go one step further to secure a home semi-final in the play-offs, but head coach Woolf still has plenty of respect for the France international.

“Theo is a guy that we have enormous respect for as a player and as a person,” said Woolf. “He’s a guy we look up to and remember very fondly, and a lot of our guys still keep in close contact.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing it and it always adds that little element of excitement.”

Woolf has named a 21-man squad unchanged from the 20-18 victory over Wigan Warriors in last Saturday’s Magic Weekend derby, with Mark Percival out for up to four weeks and Tommy Makinson expected to be out for three.

Summary of the match of the Betfred Super League between Huddersfield Giants and Salford Red Devils

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Summary of the match of the Betfred Super League between Huddersfield Giants and Salford Red Devils

Summary of the match of the Betfred Super League between Huddersfield Giants and Salford Red Devils

The Giants travel to St Helens with no trades and no players available either, and head coach Ian Watson is careful not to jeopardize his team’s play-off hopes later this year by rushing team members back. to action.

“The big thing we talk about is we want to make the playoffs, but what we don’t want to do is end up hurting players so they have little problems,” Watson said.

“Having Theo come back helps tremendously. He was a really steady influence on us.”

named squads

Saint Helena: Jack Welsby, Will Hopoate, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Matty Lees, Sione Mata’utia, Joe Batchelor, Morgan Knowles, Joey Lussick, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Curtis Sironen, Agnatius Paasi, Jake Wingfield, James Bell, Ben Davies, Konrad Hurrell, Dan Norman, Jon Bennison, Dan Hill.

Huddersfield Giants: Will Pryce, Jermaine McGillvary, Ashton Golding, Tui Lolohea, Theo Fages, Daniel Levi, Michael Lawrence, Josh Jones, Chris McQueen, Luke Yates, Matty English, Joe Greenwood, Owen Trout, Oliver Wilson, Leroy Cudjoe, Oliver Russell, Innes Senior , Nathan Mason, Jack Ashworth, Sam Hewitt, Toby King.

Wigan Warriors-Hull FC (8:00 p.m.)

Matt Peet is expecting another intense showdown with Hull FC at the DW Stadium when Wigan take on the Black and Whites for the third time this season.

Highlights from the Betfred Super League match between St Helens and Wigan Warriors

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Highlights from the Betfred Super League match between St Helens and Wigan Warriors

Highlights from the Betfred Super League match between St Helens and Wigan Warriors

Honors have been even in the previous two hard-fought clashes, with the Warriors edging out the home game in March 19-18 thanks to Harry Smith’s late goal, but Hull FC prevailing 31-22 at MKM Stadium in May.

Wigan is coming off defeat to St Helens at Magic Weekend and although this week’s opponents are still struggling with injuries to key players, head coach Peet believes the depth of Hull FC’s squad means it will still be a tough test.

“I think that’s why at the beginning of the season everyone was looking at that team and saying it’s a team you can see playing in Finals,” Peet said in his pregame news conference.

“They have been unlucky with some injuries and suspensions but they also have a very good academy system so we have to prepare for the best of them and the best of them is quite formidable.”

Wigan Warriors' Brad Singleton was sent off against rivals St Helens in his 200th appearance

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Wigan Warriors’ Brad Singleton was sent off against rivals St Helens in his 200th appearance

Wigan Warriors’ Brad Singleton was sent off against rivals St Helens in his 200th appearance

The Warriors have their own injury problems, with John Bateman expected to be out for a month after suffering a broken rib in the loss to the Saints in Newcastle.

Brad Singleton also begins a three-match suspension after his red car in the same game, with Sam Halsall and Junior Nsemba entering the 21-man squad.

Meanwhile, Hull FC cross the M62 buoyed by their 34-28 victory in an exciting and controversial derby with Hull Kingston Rovers at St James’ Park, but still without 12 players due to injury or suspension.

The only change head coach Brett Hodgson has made is bringing back Miteli Vulikijapani in place of the suspended Connor Wynne, while academy pair Matty Laidlaw and Charlie Severs get another chance after making their pro debut against Hull KR. .

Summary of the match of the Betfred Super League between Hull Kingston Rovers and Hull FC

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Summary of the match of the Betfred Super League between Hull Kingston Rovers and Hull FC

Summary of the match of the Betfred Super League between Hull Kingston Rovers and Hull FC

“The two rookies from our academy added to that, and the loans were outstanding,” Hodgson said. “That was also led by our veteran players who really stood up.

“We needed to change something, and as soon as those guys came in and were announced on the team, there was a huge boost in camp.”

named squads

Wigan Warriors: Bevan French, Jake Bibby, Liam Marshall, Cade Cust, Sam Powell, Patrick Mago, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, Morgan Smithies, Kaide Ellis, Harry Smith, Oliver Partington, Ethan Havard, Liam Byrne, Kai Pearce-Paul, Joe Shorrocks, Jai Field, Abbas Miski, Sam Halsall, Brad O’Neill, Junior Nsemba.

FC Helmet: Josh Griffin, Darnell, McIntosh, Luke Gale, Danny Houghton, Chris Satae, Jordan Lane, Joe Lovodua, Brad Fash, Jack Brown, Mitieli Vulikijapani, Jacob Hookem, Aidan Burrell, Jamie Shaul, Scott Taylor, Charlie Severs, Davy Litten, Matty Laidlaw, Jack Walker, Josh Simm, Ellis Longstaff, Lewis Martin.

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