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Saints hoping for lucky number 13

Saints, who have lifted the coveted RL Challenge Cup on no fewer than 12 occasions, will be hoping 13 will be their luck number this year.

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Saints coach Justin Holbrook

Youngsters in for suspended Percival and injured Taia

James Bentley and Jack Ashworth are included in Saints’ 19-man squad for Friday’s homer fixture against Huddersfield Giants.

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Saints coach Justin Holbrook

Yates’ view: Saints team effort topples Hull FC

“No individual can win a game by himself” is a quote attributed to Brazil soccer icon Pele - words which encapsulate Saints’ philosophy as they keep a firm grip on top spot in the Betfred Super League.

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Saints coach Justin Holbrook

St Helens 26 Hull 12

St Helens overcame the absence of talismanic full-back Ben Barba to make it nine wins out of 10 and pull six points clear at the top of the Betfred Super League.
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St Helens' James Roby in action during the Betfred Super League match at the Select Security Stadium, Widnes

Saints v Hull FC is a clash of top class finishers

Three of the deadliest finishers in the early rounds of Super League come face-to-face in Friday’s Saints-Hull FC clash at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

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Matty Smith

No guarantees for Smith ahead of Hull clash

Matty Smith finally stepped from the shadows during Saints 28-6 victory at Widnes on Easter Monday - coming on early in the second half as a substitute for skipper James Roby - but there is no cast iron guarantee that he will make the starting 17 for Friday night’s televised home game against Hull FC.

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Wigan Warriors' Joe Burgess  is tackled by St Helens' Danny Richardson

Yates’ verdict: Saints put on a Royal display

It was a feast fit to serve before Royalty and Saints’ former king of the 13-a-side code was present to give it his official seal of approval.

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Jon Wilkin will make his 400th appearance for Saints against Wigan on Good Friday

Jon Wilkin to make his 400th appearance for Saints

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.

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Saints hosted Premier League strugglers Stoke City

Premier League side bolstered by fact-finding mission to Saints

Saints will be hoping to play a part, however small, in helping struggling Stoke City avoid relegation from the money-spinning English Premier Division this season.

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Luke Doughlas tackling Carl Ablett of Leeds Rhions

Luke Douglas ready to add to derby experience

LUKE Douglas’ derby day experience is restricted to only three match since joining Saints from the Gold Coast Titans in 2017 but he is fully aware of the hype and expectation that goes hand-in-glove with a Good Friday fixture against Wigan Warriors which, in his own words, will ‘make the hairs stand up on the players’ necks.’

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Adam Swift will miss Saints derby clash with Wigan on Good Friday

Adam Swift to miss Good Friday derby

Home grown Adam Swift will miss a game which is close to his heart ... the Saints v Wigan Warriors derby at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Good Friday,

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Saints head coach Justin Holbrook is relishing Good Friday's derby clash

Yates’ verdict: Derby day set to be a show-stopper

The stage is set, the players are waiting in the wings, and the audience is anticipating a show-stopper.

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Alex Walmsley will make a full recovery from a neck injury he suffered in Saints' clash with Warrington

Alex Walsmley out with ‘long term’ neck injury

Alex Walmsley has been ruled out for the long term after fracturing a bone in his neck during Saints recent win over Warrington.

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Pilks cup clash hit by bad weather

Pilks cup clash hit by bad weather

Pilkington Recs Challenge Cup fourth round match against Coventry Bears yesterday (Sunday) was one of several ties called off over the weekends and steps are now under way to rearrange the fixture.

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Ryan Hall pushes through the Saints defence

Yates’ verdict: Grand Final not decided in March!

Saints lost the Battle of the Roses against Leeds Rhinos at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday - but the war is far from over!

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Alex Walmsley is out injured for an indefinite period

Alex Walmsley ruled out injured ‘indefinitely’

Alex Walmsley is expected to be missing from the Saints’ line-up for an indefinite period of time.

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Paul Wellens

Paul Wellens to remain part of England’s coaching set-up

England head coach Wayne Bennett has made changes to his back room staff following the announcement of his new two-year contract, with Denis Betts leaving his role as assistant coach.

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James Roby is within touching distance of reaching a century of tries for St Helens

Roby and Makinson within touching distance of bagging a century of tries

Saints skipper James Roby and Tommy Makinson are within touching distance of reaching a century of tries in a St Helens’ shirt.

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Kevin Brown gives a helping hand to Elliott Whitehead. Brown has stepped down from international duties

St Helens-born Kevin Brown quits international rugby

Kevin Brown - Warrington Wolves’ St Helens-born half-back - has announced his retirement from international rugby league with immediate effect.

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Pilkington Recs  in action against Yorkshire side Elland

Pilks Recs preparing for more cup success

Pilkington Recs, whose Challenge Cup exploits over past years have led to some notable successes, will be hoping to enhance their reputation further on Sunday - and first team coach John Rees believes they can overcome Coventry Bears at Butts Park in round four of the prestigious competition.

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