Lachlan Coote set to return to Saints' squad for Leeds cup tie

Rival coaches Kristian Woolf and Richard Agar were keeping their cards close to the chest as they prepared for Saturday's Rugby League Challenge Cup third round blockbuster at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 10:16 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 10:16 am
Lachlan Coote. Picture: SWPix

Saints' boss Woolf and his Leeds counterpart, Agar, seemed to be playing a game of cat-and-mouse at the pre-match Zoom press conference yesterday, giving little away on their team selection.

Neither gave a clear indication of who will be fit or not, leaving them having to wait until Thursday lunch-time when the squads are announced publicly before completing their final strategy and planning.

But Woolf did confirm that last year's top points scorer Lachlan Coote would definitely return to the squad after missing the opening two Super League fixtures and also hinted that Mark Percival, who left the field against Salford Red Devils on the opening day of the campaign with a hamstring problem, had an outside chance of playing.

It is also a fact that the trophy holders have been beset with injuries already this season and suffered a further blow when the influential Richie Myler picked up a hamstring injury in last week's 18-10 defeat to Castleford Tigers at the Totally Wicked Stadium and is expected to be absent for a few weeks.

This opens the door for former Saints star Kyle Eastmond to make his debut for the Rhinos - but will Agar take a risk with a player shy of match practice under his belt in the last few years?

Obviously, the 31-year-old is keen to play, especially against his old club, but it will all rest on whether Leeds feel he is now fully fit to return to the rigours of Rugby League.