SUPER League leaders St Helens will be looking to give Warrington Wolves another nightmare outing at Langtree Park tonight, Thursday.
Tony Smith’s side were enjoying a purple patch at Saints’ new stadium, going unbeaten at the Langtree Park site since it was opened in 2011.
However, the boys in primrose and blue will be heading to St Helens with the Challenge Cup semi final defeat to Leeds Rhinos on August 9 at that venue still fresh in their minds.
Despite Saints sitting top of the Super League pile, and one point away from clinching the League Leaders’ Shield, it is The Halliwell Jones outfit that boast the most recent bragging rights following a Magic Weekend success.
Wolves were on top form at the Etihad Stadium and ran out 41-24 winners in Manchester back in May, thanks to two tries each for Rhys Evans and Joel Monaghan and one apiece for Gene Ormsby, Chris Hill, Ryan Atkins and Matty Russell.
The Magic Weekend rout was not the first Wolves had delivered over their Super League rivals, running in eight tries in a 48-22 demolition of Saints in the showpiece event a year earlier.
This will be the 288th time St Helens and Warrington have met in their history and Thursday’s hosts are ahead 159 to 112 in wins, also scoring more than 1,000 points extra than Warrington in that time.
When the sides meet in tonight’s penultimate Super League round, Saints will be missing key men in Luke Walsh, Jon Wilkin and Jonny Lomax, all ruled out for the rest of the season.
Wolves meanwhile are missing top points scorer Chris Bridge.