SAINTS tackle Wakefield at Headingley this evening (5.30pm) in a game that goes ahead despite one positive Covid-19 case at Trinity forcing a further eight of their players to self-isolate.

The club’s owner gave an interview yesterday saying they were down to 14 fit players.

We will see what sort of 13 Chris Chester will come up with – but speaking before the Covid update, Saints boss Kristian Woolf had recognised the attacking threat posed a Trinity side with plenty of strike.

Woolf said: “They have shown in every game that they do have plenty of threats with the ball in hand and they showed that a couple of times against Wigan, who are a strong side.

“If you take a game lightly for periods they have players who can really hurt you as well.

“They started well against Catalans, went into an 8-0 lead and then fell away as the game went on.

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"It is important to recognise who their threats are – Jacob Miller in the halves is a threat, Kelepi Tanginoa has been in terrific form and is a guy I am familiar with.

“I also know David Fifita really well and he has played for Tonga in the past and is a very good player.

“I would assume that because he has not played for a while he is going to come out and make a point, too.

“We have to make sure we are the best version of ourselves.

“We just need to make sure we are on top of their threats and turn up with a strong attitude.”

He said the Saints team had to learn lessons from the brace of games against then basement side Hull KR last month.

“A couple of weeks ago when we played Hull KR we were in a similar position and at times we took our foot off the accelerator and allowed them to get into the contest and make it a really tough day.

“They grew in confidence off the back of that, beating Wigan the next week and then were a real handful for us the week after.

“We have to learn from that and take care of ourselves.”

With Tommy Makinson returning from a five-match ban, it will displace one of the youngsters from the starting 13.

Woolf was weighing up his centre options between Josh Simm and Jack Welsby who have both impressed in the absence of Makinson and Mark Percival.

“Josh and Jack are terrific young players who are getting better all the time.

“We have to figure out how they get their development and time over the rest of the year.

“We just have to figure out where they fit and if they give a good account of themselves in the coming weeks, then if we do go as far as finals, they are going to feature there and be even better for that experience as well,” Woolf said.