Game choice for league leaders

Saints coach Nathan Brown will announce who St Helens will play next
Saints coach Nathan Brown will announce who St Helens will play next

St Helens will choose from the winners of the two First Utility Super League preliminary semi-finals, Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves and Huddersfield Giants v Catalan Dragons when they make the ClubCall pick live on Sky Sports next Friday.

The 2014 League Leaders Shield winners earned a bye in Week 2 of the play-offs and the right to select their opponents with a thumping 41-0 victory over Castleford Tigers on Friday night.

Missing half a team of senior players, many of whom were on hand to receive the League Leaders’ Shield from Super League Chairman Brian Barwick, Saints turned in a display rich in authority to take an important step nearer Old Trafford.

The victory came just 24 hours after defending champions Wigan Warriors had also secured a bye by hammering Huddersfield Giants 57-4 on Thursday night.

St Helens cannot pick their arch-rivals in ClubCall, which will take place immediately after Friday night’s televised play-off between Huddersfield and Catalans Dragons, the winners of which will join either Castleford or Warrington as options for Saints chairman Eamonn

McManus to choose.

On Saturday, a hat-trick off tries by Joel Monaghan inspired a stirring second-half fightback by Warrington to break the hearts of Widnes Vikings before Challenge Cup holders Leeds Rhinos crashed to a last-minute defeat at home to Catalans Dragons.

The unpredictable nature of the opening round of the play-offs makes for two compelling contests at Castleford and Huddersfield next week, when Saints face a real dilemma in determining which opponents stand between them and a place in the title-deciding Grand Final at Old Trafford on Saturday October 11.

Next week’s play-off schedule is as follows:

Thursday September 25: Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves (8pm)

Friday September 26: Hudddersfield Giants v Catalan..Super League has experienced unprecedented demand for both hospitality.

> packages and tickets for the sport’s showpiece final in recent weeks

> with sales currently 10,000 up on the corresponding period 12 month

> ago.

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> Fans are being advised to move quickly to guarantee their seat at the

> Theatre of Dreams, which this year will feature a memorable

> entertainment package.

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> Tickets for the First Utility Super League Grand Final, played at Old

> Trafford on Saturday October 11 (6.00pm) are available from as little

> as £20. To purchase your tickets, please either visit

> www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or call the Rugby League Ticket Hotline

> on 0844 856 1113.

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