WHAT will be going through coach Kristian Woolf’s head when he picks his 17 from the luxury of a fully fit squad for Sunday’s re-start fixture against the Catalans Dragons.

The pace of the game, with the new rules of no scrums and six again from ruck infringements, will be much quicker.

Throw in we are now in summer, with hopefully drier tracks, making it a different, more intense 80 minutes than the games that started the year.

There will be fatigue and gaps to exploit…..and that leaves the coaches with a conundrum when it comes to picking the bench.

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The starting 13 looks like it picks itself – with Lachlan Coote now fully fit after getting a knock in week one and just recovering for the last match before lockdown. He adds so much craft to Saints' attack and Jonny Lomax and Theo Fages in the halves will be looking forward to getting their champion combination back on track after missing it for the early weeks.

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Mark Percival, who needed shoulder surgery after coming off second best trying to meet Ben Murdoch Masila head on, also adds quality, strike and security to Saints' left edge.

That leaves a start of Coote; Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Grace; Lomax, Fages; Graham, Roby, Walmsley, Peyroux, Taia, Knowles.

On the bench is where the puzzlers arise.

Does the coach accept that his forwards are going to fatigue more and then ensure they all get a breather - especially the two props and the 13.

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Matty Lees is a certainty, and then it is toss up between Jack Ashworth, Kyle Amor and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook for the other prop bench spot.

LMS could also spell Morgan Knowles at 13, something Joseph Paulo may be keen to do also.

However, don't be surprised if the coach goes for the more versatile James Bentley instead of another middle - a player who could cover centre, nine, and back row spots - and was producing some battling performances at the start of the campaign.

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Going on the offensive, is it a case of needing a nimble man on the bench to exploit those gaps. Woolf had already been going with young rake Aaron Smith in the early weeks - giving him the opportunity to come off the bench and spell James Roby may help Saints mine a reach seam from the gaps at the ruck.