Batchelor brothers ready to go head to head?

Brotherly love will be put on the back burner for 80 minutes at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday night if both head coaches decide to include the Batchelor boys in their final 17 man squads.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 12:22 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th April 2021, 12:24 pm
Joe Batchelor. Picture: SWPix

Joe, 26 is hoping to pull on the Red Vee St Helens' shirt and his younger brother, James, the colours of Wakefield Trinity who are struggling in the lower reaches of the Betfred Super League table.

No doubt they will have been rubbing each other up in the pre-match banter. - and may the best man win!

Unbeaten Saints will be firm favourites to extend their league and cup run to four matches but boss Kristian insists they face another tough challenge.

He said: ''Wakefield have been pretty good this season, particularly in the first half of their matches, but then seem to fall away.

''They certainly want to improve on that and I'm also expecting a better performance from my players than the one we produced against Leeds in the Challenger Cup. We won ugly.''

Trinity coach Chris Chester said: ''Even though we are still seeking our first win, I have been pleased with our application and togetherness and positive response by our players to ensure that this year is much better than last season.''

Saints squad:1, Lachlan Coote, 2, Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4, Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Jonny Lomax, 7. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 11. Joel Thompson, 12, James Bentley, 15. LMS, 16. Kyle Amor, 17, Agnatius Paasi, 18. Jack Welsby, 19, Aaron Smith, 20, Joe Batchelor, 21. Lewis Dodd, 23. Jake Wingfield, 25. Dan Norman, 26. Tom Nisbet.

Trinity squad: Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Mason Lino, David Fafita, Kyle Wood, Tinirau Arona, Joe Westerman, Jay Pitts, Eddie Battye, James Batchelor, Chris Green, Innes Senior, Jordy Crowther, Joe Arundel, Josh Wood, Jack Croft, Brad Walker, Lee Kershaw, Ryan Hampshire, Ollier Greensmith, Dane Windrow.

St Helens have won nine of the last 10 meetings against Wakefield Trinity, whose last victory over their cross-Pennine rivals was achieved in April, 2018.

Last 10 meetings:

St Helens 48, Wakefield 6 (SLR9, 15/10/20)

(at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)

Wakefield 16, St Helens 20 (SLR15, 9/10/20)

(at Emerald Headingley, Leeds)

St Helens 26, Wakefield 6 (SLR24, 2/8/19)

St Helens 48, Wakefield 10 (CCQF, 1/6/19)

Wakefield 18, St Helens 24 (SLR2, 10/2/19)

Wakefield 16, St Helens 36 (SLS8-R2, 16/8/18)

St Helens 34, Wakefield 30 (SLR19, 29/6/18)

Wakefield 24, St Helens 20 (SLR11, 15/4/18)

Wakefield 16, St Helens 18 (SLS8-R5, 7/9/17)

Wakefield 16, St Helens 41 (SLR23, 23/7/17)

Super League summary

St Helens won 41

Wakefield won 9

St Helens highest score: 64-16 (H, 2005) (Widest margin: 60-4, H, 2005)

Wakefield highest score: 41-22 (H, 2004) (also widest margin)

LOUIE McCARTHY-SCARSBROOK needs one appearance to reach 400 for his career - 297 for St Helens (2011-2021), 97 for Harlequins (2006-2010), 3 for Ireland (2017), 2 for England (2008-2009)

MARK PERCIVAL needs one appearance to reach 150 (Super League) - 149 for St Helens (2013-2021 including play-offs and Super League Super 8s)

TOMMY MAKINSON needs two tries to reach 150 for his career - 141 for St Helens (2011-2021), 3 for Rochdale Hornets (2013, dual-registration), 4 for England (2018)

LACHLAN COOTE needs 15 points to reach 500 for St Helens - (26 tries, 190 goals, 1 field goal - 44 appearances, 2019-2021)