IN terms of selection, Steve Price is in a much better position this weekend.

With a host of big names back having missed the past two matches, The Wire go into today’s Challenge Cup quarter final against St Helens much closer to full strength.

With that in mind, we take a look at the decisions facing the Wolves boss when it comes to naming his team to face the Super League leaders…


Earlier in the week, it was confirmed that winger Lineham would serve an eight-match suspension for grabbing the testicles of Castleford’s Alex Foster during last week’s Super League clash.

That rules him out of most of what is left of 2020, so any replacement may well be slightly longer term.

It appears a straight shoot-out between Matty Ashton and Jake Mamo to take Lineham’s spot on the left wing.

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All of Matty Ashton's games this season have been at full-back. Picture by Mike Boden

The situation may be made easier by Gareth Widdop’s continued absence.

Should Stefan Ratchford remain in the halves alongside Blake Austin, it would allow Ashton to remain at full-back while Mamo moves out to the wing, with the bolstered pack allowing Toby King to move from the second row back to his favoured left centre position.

Alternatively, Declan Patton could be brought into the halves, pushing Ratchford back to full back, Ashton to the wing and Mamo to the bench as a utility option.


Price now has an embarrassment of riches up front and one would expect the likes of Chris Hill and Jack Hughes to come straight back into the starting line-up.

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Chris Hill is one of the players available to Steve Price once again. Picture by Mike Boden

Daryl Clark’s participation was unclear after he and wife Leigh welcomed their first child last week, but his inclusion in the 21-man squad would indicate he is likely to start at hooker with Danny Walker dropping down to the bench.

One would think two of the bench spots would be occupied by Walker and Joe Philbin, with the other being either Jason Clark or Ben Murdoch-Masila – dependent on whether Price goes with the Tongan or co-captain Hughes at right second row.

That would likely leave Patton, Matt Davis, Leilani Latu and Ellis Robson fighting out for the remaining spot in the 17.


Matty Ashton; Josh Charnley, Anthony Gelling, Toby King, Jake Mamo; Blake Austin, Stefan Ratchford; Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Ben Currie, Jack Hughes. Subs: Joe Philbin, Jason Clark, Danny Walker, Matt Davis