SAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Saturday’s Engage Super League trip to Huddersfield Giants.Paul Wellens and Tommy Makinson return to the side for top of the table match but Kyle Eastmond, Tony Puletua and Chris Flannery miss out.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 12. Jon Wilkin, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Matty Ashurst, 21. Shaun Magennis, 22. Jamie Foster, 24. Tom Armstrong, 27. Nathan Ashe, 28. Thomas Makinson, 29. Scott Hale, 32. Joe Greenwood, 33. Warren Thompson.Nathan Brown, Giants’ Head Coach, will choose from:1. Scott Grix, 2. Michael Lawrence, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Lee Gilmour, 5. David Hodgson, 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Danny Brough, 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Luke Robinson, 10. Darrell Griffin, 11. Luke O’Donnell, 13. David Faiumu, 14. Shaun Lunt, 17. Danny Kirmond, 18. Larne Patrick, 19. Greame Horne, 20. Jermaine McGillvary, 29. Joe Wardle, 37. Dale Ferguson.The match kicks off at 5pm and the referee is Thierry Alibert.If you can’t make the match, it will be covered extensively in the new look Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Official Facebook sites.It will also be broadcast on Wish FM.Stats:Saturday’s televised clash is the first meeting between the sides since St Helens ended Huddersfield’s hopes of a first Super League Grand Final in last season’s play-offs.St Helens have won their last five meetings with Huddersfield. The Giants’ last win was 24-14 in the semi-final of the Challenge Cup in 2009. Their last Super League win was a 28-26 home victory on 24 March, 2008 – the Saints have won the last three games between the sides at the Galpharm Stadium since then.All of Huddersfield’s three Super League wins against St Helens have come at home.Last 10 meetings:St Helens 42, Huddersfield 22 (SLQSF, 24/9/10)St Helens 30, Huddersfield 22 (SLR17, 11/6/10)Huddersfield 6, St Helens 24 (SLR8, 28/3/10)St Helens 15, Huddersfield 2 (SLQPO, 19/9/09)St Helens 12, Huddersfield 10 (SLR25, 21/8/09)Huddersfield 24, St Helens 14 (CCSF, 9/8/09) (@ Warrington)Huddersfield 6, St Helens 23 (SLR2, 22/2/09)Huddersfield 22, St Helens 40 (SLR26, 24/8/08)St Helens 46, Huddersfield 16 (SLR18, 29/6/08)Huddersfield 28, St Helens 26 (SLR8, 24/3/08)Super League Summary:Huddersfield won 3St Helens won 26 (includes wins in 2009 and 2010 play-offs)Huddersfield highest score: 36-22 (H, 2003) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 68-18 (H, 1998) (Widest margin: 68-18, H, 1998; 54-4, H, 2007)
SAINTS are still seeking their first league win at Hull KR since 2007 after an agonising 24-22 loss on Friday night.Although they dominated in terms of possession and set completion – for at least an hour – the Robins took full advantage of their chances.Tries from Jon Wilkin and Tommy Makinson had Saints just four points down at half time.But the home side kicked on through Kieran Dixon and the trusty boot of Josh Mantellato.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook’s try set up a barnstorming final five minutes and when Jordan Turner put down with seconds to go it was left for Travis Burns to attempt to level it up.But the conversion went just side.Lance Hohaia came into the starting line-up for the league leaders in place of the injured Paul Wellens at full back whilst Mark Flanagan returned at 13.Hull KR have had an injury crisis of late and were down to their last fit two props and a half back playing in the second row.Saints got the game underway with a strong set before a shoulder charge, off the ball, on Travis Burns, gave them a set in good territory.Keiron Cunningham’s men probed and on the last Wilkin chipped through, got the ball back off a defender’s legs, and scored.Burns stable enough to add the extras.Saints came again but another stab through kick on the last was this time picked up by Albert Kelly and returned 90 metres for a try.And on the 20 minute mark Kelly did the same, intercepting a long ball and scooting under the posts from 80 metres out.Saints were rocked after being in control for the opening stages and they almost conceded again when Hull came up the field on the back of two penalties – Ken Sio unable to collect a wayward pass.But on 27 minutes a Wilkin chip to the corner from bumbled, Vea collected and Makinson showed great feet to go over in the corner.Saints survived a scare on the half hour mark as a try was chalked off for a knock on and then they lost James Roby to a head knock.And they should have finished the half level but they failed to deal with a high ball and Sio made it 16-12 to the home side at half time.Mantellato missed a penalty attempt early in the second half and then would’ve counted himself really unlucky not to score in the corner.Saints continued to dominate in terms of possession but Mantellato took the lead out to six points on 55 minutes with a penalty.He added another on the hour mark and then Kieran Dixon went over to take the game seemingly out of reach.Saints tried to get back into it but were guilty of going a little lateral until they broke down the left hand side.Swift dummied when perhaps he should have passed but LMS took Burns’ suspect pass to go over.Jordan Turner then scored with seconds to go but Travis’ kick was just wide.Cunningham said after the game that Hull were the better team but praised his side’s resilience once more.Match Summary:Hull KR:Tries: Kelly (2), Sio, DixonGoals: Mantellato (4 from 6)Saints: Tries: Wilkin, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, TurnerGoals: Burns (3 from 4)Penalties: Hull KR: 9Saints: 7HT: 12-16FT: 22-24REF: James ChildATT: TBCTeams:Hull KR: 1. Kieran Dixon; 4. Josh Mantellato, 19. Kris Welham, 3. Darrell Goulding, 5. Ken Sio; 23. Terry Campese, 7. Albert Kelly; 8. Adam Walker, 31. Shaun Lunt, 20. James Green, 12. Graeme Horne, 6. Maurice Blair, 13. Tyrone McCarthy.Subs: 11. Kevin Larroyer, 15. James Donaldson, 21. Aaron Ollett, 24. John Boudebza.Saints:16. Lance Hohaia; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 22. Matty Dawson, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Travis Burns, 12. Jon Wilkin; 14. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Mark Flanagan.Subs: 4. Josh Jones, 8. Mose Masoe, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards.