Jon Wilkin to make his 400th appearance for Saints

Jon Wilkin will make his 400th appearance for Saints against Wigan on Good Friday
Jon Wilkin will make his 400th appearance for Saints against Wigan on Good Friday
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Jon Wilkin - Saints’ most experienced player - is set to make his 400th career appearance for the club in Good Friday’s blockbuster against Wigan Warriors.

The former skipper made his debut as a substitute in a 38-12 Challenge Cup victory over Batley at Knowsley Road on February 28, 2003.

Jon Wilkin, sporting a bloodied and broken nose, makes his prescene felt in the 2004 Challenge Cup final

Jon Wilkin, sporting a bloodied and broken nose, makes his prescene felt in the 2004 Challenge Cup final

Current captain James Roby is two short of 450 career appearances - 406 for his home town club since 2004, seven in a GB shirt and 35 for England - while team-mate Kye Amor is two adrift of the 250 milestone

The Cumbrian has played 116 times for Saints, made 79 appearances for Wakefield Trinity, three at Leeds Rhinos, 45 with Whitehaven and five in the Ireland shirt.

Meanwhile, Aussie sensation Ben Barba is certainly making his presence felt at St Helens.

The full-back has taken over top spot in the Super League try scoring charts, crossing the whitewash on eight occasions.

It is one more than club colleague Mark Percival and Hull F’C’s Fetuli Talanoa.

Both players will be hoping to add to their growing tally in the Wigan derby but Saints go into the showdown without a Good Friday victory over their neighbours stretching back eight years.

Last 10 meetings:

St Helens 16, Wigan 26 (SLS8-R4, 1/9/17)

St Helens 22, Wigan 19 (SLR15, 25/5/17)

Wigan 29, St Helens 18 (SLR9, 14/4/17)

Wigan 25, St Helens 0 (SLS8-R3, 19/8/16)

Wigan 4, St Helens 23 (SLR23, 22/7/16)

St Helens 12, Wigan 24 (SLR7, 25/3/16)

St Helens 18, Wigan 14 (SLS8-R6, 18/9/15)

St Helens 30, Wigan 14 (SLR18, 12/6/15)

Wigan 12, St Helens 4 (SLR8, 3/4/15)

St Helens 14, Wigan 6 (SLGF, 11/10/14)

(at Old Trafford)

St Helens won 34 (includes wins in 2000 and 2014 Grand Finals & wins in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2011 play-offs)

Wigan won 36 (includes win in 2010 Grand Final & wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004 play-offs)

There have been four draws

St Helens highest score: 57-16 (Millennium Magic 2008)

Wigan highest score: 65-12 (a, 1997)

* Saints will be in derby day action again on Easter Monday when they make the short trip to Widnes to face the Vikings - having won eight of the 10 previous meeting between the clubs.

The match kicks-off at 3.05pm and will be screened live by Sky.

The TV camera will also be at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday, April 6, when Saints take on Hull FC, kick-off 7.45pm.