St Helens host Warrington in Super League
Saints will welcome Warrington in the Super League, and are odds-on with Coral at 4/7 to carry on their run. However, after ending Leeds Rhinos’ unbeaten start to the season, Wolves forward Ben Westwood is keen to carry that kind of form into what will be a crunch clash.
“It’s an opportunity for us,” said Westwood, who is 11/4 to cross the whitewash anytime. “It’s classed as our derby game. I know they have Wigan and we’re supposed to have Widnes but over the years this has kind of taken over and they’re great spectacles.
“We’ve got a bit of history at their new ground and hopefully we can keep that intact, just like they did to us for all those years,” he continued.
“They’ve started off well, like they do most years, and they’ve got some big players who are playing well for them. They’re a dangerous side and we will have to be at our best to beat them.”
Unsurprisingly, Ryan Atkins, who scored in the win over the Rhinos is 5/4 in the anytime market and is one of five Warrington players who are on two tries for the season.
Daryl Clark, who joined the Cheshire side in close season from Castleford, will match up against opposite number James Roby, in what will be an intriguing battle at hooker. The Wolves player is on one try for the campaign, and is 9/4 to breach the in-goal area at anytime.
His coach Tony Smith is looking forward to the duel, and admits his admiration of both players. “It’s a terrific match-up,” Smith said.
“They are two super players. I’ve been a huge admirer of James and been fortunate enough to coach him. I love watching him play but, at the same time, I hate watching him play against my team.
“But I love watching Daryl. He is starting to feel his way with us and he’s been very good over the last couple of weeks,” he continued.
“If you ask [Saints coach] Keiron [Cunningham], he’s going to say James is still the best hooker but I’m going to say Daryl is. Whoever Steve Mac picks as his starting hooker, he’s going to have a terrific player on the bench.”
Saints put in an impressive performance last time out, to beat a well-organised Widnes side on their home patch. Jordan Turner was again on the scoresheet, to take his tally for the season to five and, as a result, is 6/5 to put four points on the board anytime. Lance Hohaia, who scored twice against Denis Betts’ side, is a decent 5/2 anytime price.