Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook sets sights on top four finish

Former Saint Andrew Dixon takes on the Warrington defence during last year's derby clash
Former Saint Andrew Dixon takes on the Warrington defence during last year's derby clash

Saints are still aiming high and have their sights firmly fixed on at least a top four spot before the Super 8s kick in and then a similar finish when they reach a conclusion, according to Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.

The 30-year-old Londoner believes they will be buoyed by their impressive all-round performance at Hull FC last Saturday, even though they lost 32-24, and in the right frame of mind to tackle the next couple of stern challenges - a home fixture against Warrington Wolves on Friday and an equally daunting trip to Catalans Dragons the following weekend.

“Both are tough games but we will be looking for maximum points to put us in good stead for the remainder of the season and help improve our chances of eventually qualifying for the semi-final play-offs and maybe the Grand Final itself,” said McCarthy-Scarsbrook, who is equally at home in the second row or at prop.

Fellow forward Luke Thompson is recalled to the initial 19-man squad for the what is more often than not a mouth-watering and riveting derby against the Wolves, replacing the injured Luke Walsh.

Keiron Cunningham will select his 17 from:

1. Jonny Lomax, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Adam Swift, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Lama Tasi, 15. Greg Richards, 17. Luke Thompson, 19. Theo Fages, 20. Joe Greenwood, 21. Matty Dawson, 22. Jack Owens, 27. Jack Ashworth, 28. Morgan Knowles, 30. Calvin Wellington.

Tony Smith will choose his Warrington side from:

1. Kurt Gidley, 2. Tom Lineham, 3. Rhys Evans, 4. Ryan Atkins, 6. Stefan Ratchford, 7. Chris Sandow, 8. Chris Hill, 9. Daryl Clark, 11. Ben Currie, 14. Joe Westerman, 16. Brad Dwyer, 18. George King, 22. Gene Ormsby, 24. Toby King, 25. Joe Philbin, 27. Sam Wilde, 29. Benjamin Jullien, 32. Jordan Cox, 33. Ryan Bailey.

The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is James Child.