FOR the second time in three weeks St Helens will be facing opponents with a new man at the helm and hooker James Roby is warning his team-mates to be wary of the danger that presents.
A fortnight ago, Saints were pushed all the way by a Hull KR side keen to impress caretaker coach Willie Poching and on Friday night they come up against a Wakefield team prepared by Stuart Dickens following the shock departure of Brian Smith.
“They will be wound up for the game and eager to prove a point,” Roby said.
“They will want to play for pride in the club. We saw that when we played Hull KR and throughout my career I have come across it a number of times.
“When a coach leaves a club, teams always seem to play well off the back of it. We will need to be aware of that.”
Saints have won their last six meetings with Wakefield, with the Wildcats’ last win against a 33-32 success at Belle Vue on August 12, 2012.
St Helens have also won their last six home meetings with Wakefield, with the Wildcats’ last away win against the Saints coming 22-20 at Knowsley Road on July 17, 2009.
Tommy Makinson goes into the game just four points away from 500 for the club having scored 496 since his debut in 2011.
Luke Walsh also has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in Saints’ last 17 matches.
His scoring streak began with five goals and a drop goal in a 35-34 home win against Huddersfield on July 10, 2015. Walsh last failed to score in Saints’ 46-18 defeat at Leeds on 3 July, 2015.