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OPPOSITION CORNER: Wolves look to extend excellent Langtree record
THAT primrose and blue shirt buried by a contractor near the halfway line when Langtree Park was built has looked after Wolves so far.
Tony Smith’s side have not lost at Saints’ new ground to date, having won their Super League round and play-offs semi final there last year, but they face another stiff test tomorrow, Friday.
While Wolves look to get their performance levels back on track after the woeful home loss to Widnes Vikings a fortnight ago, Saints appear to be on a roll and coming into form at the right end of the season.
The red V men have won five games on the trot and have learned how to cope without their talisman James Roby, the England hooker being at least one game away from a return after a second successive ankle problem.
Injuries have hit Saints all year during their first campaign under Nathan Brown, a teammate of Wolves boss Smith between 1993 and 1995 at St George Dragons.
Ade Gardner, Josh Perry, Mark Flanagan, Paul Clough, Gary Wheeler and Mark Percival are among those still sidelined, although they had powerhouse New Zealander Sia Soliola back on the field for their outing at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on August 18.
Before his loan return, Wolves scrum half Gareth O’Brien played a part in Saints’ current five-match winning run, which also features home victories against London Broncos and Wigan Warriors as well as away successes against Catalan Dragons and Castleford Tigers.
For the last two triumphs though Saints settled on England back rower Jon Wilkin and New Zealand utility man Lance Hohaia in a half-back combination that is expected to continue this week.
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