Saints v Hull FC is a clash of top class finishers

St Helens' James Roby in action during the Betfred Super League match at the Select Security Stadium, Widnes
St Helens' James Roby in action during the Betfred Super League match at the Select Security Stadium, Widnes
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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.

Airlie Birds winger Fetuli Talanoa tops the charts with 11 tries to date followed by St Helens full back Ben Barba on 10 and team-mate and centre Mark Percival on nine.

It should be a fascinating battle between the trio as the via for top spot and will add extra incentive to a game which could go close to matching the derby against Wigan on Good Friday in terms of quality rugby and non-stop excitement.

The same goes for the ‘hot shots’ in both camps with St Helens’ half back Danny Richardson and the Humbersiders’ Marc Sneyd setting the pace in the goalkicking and points stakes

Powerhouse forward Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook - one of only a few London-born players to make any impact in the sport during the summer era - may not be a goal kicker of any note but will have a key role up front in what will be his 300th appearance for the club (91 at Harlequins and 208 at St Helens) and will be hoping to add to his solitary try in 2018, scored in the 34-2 home win over Salford Red Devils in early March.

Skipper James Roby is also within touching distance of a personal milestone, needing just one try to top the ton for his home-town club.

LAST 10 SAINTS/HULL FC MEETINGS:

St Helens 6, Hull FC 8 (SLS8-R2, 11/8/17)

St Helens 19, Hull FC 12 (SLR21, 7/7/17)

Hull FC 0, St Helens 45 (SLR14, 20/5/17)

(at St James’ Park, Newcastle)

Hull FC 24, St Helens 14 (SLR4, 10/3/17)

St Helens 31, Hull FC 10 (SLS8-R4, 2/9/16)

Hull FC 32, St Helens 24 (SLR16, 28/5/16)

St Helens 18, Hull FC 47 (CCR6, 8/5/16)

St Helens 16, Hull FC 17 (SLR9, 1/4/16)

St Helens 22, Hull FC 32 (SLS8-R2, 14/8/15)

Hull FC 10, St Helens 17 (SLR15, 22/5/15)

Super League summary

St Helens won 29 (includes win in 2006 Grand Final & wins in 2001 and 2006 play-offs)

Hull FC won 17

3 draws

St Helens highest score: 74-16 (H, 1999) (also widest margin)

Hull FC highest score: 44-6 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)

BETFRED SUPER LEAGUE LEADING SCORERS

(League games only)

Tries

1 Fetuli Talanoa (Hull FC) 11

2 Ben Barba (St Helens) 10

3 Mark Percival (St Helens) 9

4 Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 9

5 Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos) 7

Goals

1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 41

2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 37

3 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 29

4 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 23

5 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 21

Points

1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 88

2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 80

3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 70

4 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 66

5 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 54