SAINTS travel to Leigh Sports Village tonight (6pm) to face the Super League newcomers in Round 5.

The game is only available on the RFL's Our League app to season tickets holders who have already applied for their unique code. That deadline has now passed.

Leigh expect to have centre Junior Sa'u back for his first appearance of the season after shaking off a knee injury and forwards Nathaniel Peteru and Matty Wildie are also set to return. Loan centre Josh Simm has returned to Saints. Keanan Brand drops out.

Saints have winger Tommy Makinson back after missing the win over Huddersfield with a foot injury. They are without back-row forward Joel Thompson, who has a foot injury.

St Helens Star:

Saints 21: 1. Lachlan Coote, 2, Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4, Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Jonny Lomax, 7. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 12, James Bentley, 14. Sione Mata’utia, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16. Kyle Amor, 17, Agnatius Paasi, 18. Jack Welsby, 19, Aaron Smith, 20, Joe Batchelor, 21. Lewis Dodd, 23. Jake Wingfield, 25. Dan Norman, 29. Ben Davies.

Leigh: 1. Ryan Brierley, 2. Matty Russell, 3. Iain Thornley, 4. Junior Sa’u, 5. Lewis Tierney, 8. Ben Flower, 9. Liam Hood, 10. Mark Ioane, 11. Ben Hellewell, 12. Jordan Thompson, 13. James Bell, 14. Matty Wildie, 15. Alex Gerrard, 16. Nathaniel Peteru, 18. Matty Gee, 19. Nathan Mason, 21. Tyrone McCarthy, 22. Craig Mullen, 26. Nathan Peats, 30. Ben Reynolds, 32. Anthony Gelling.

St Helens Star:

What coach Kristian Woolf said:

"I expect Leigh to find their feet eventually and they have shown enough to be competitive.

"They have not been as good as where they would like to be in the last couple of weeks, but if you look back to the testimonial they were really competitive and backed that up with what they did against Wigan.

"We can't expect anything different this week.

"We know that teams in general come to play when it comes to us.

St Helens Star:

"It is a great opportunity for them as we have obviously had some success in the last couple of years so teams bring their best game and that is what we expect off Leigh.

"Every team is going to come with a point to prove – for a team like Leigh they have nothing to lose and can play with a bit of freedom.

"I am sure they will come up with a few different ways of trying to challenge us.

"The challenge for us every week is to make sure we are up for that fight and right up around our best every week and that we have the real hunger we have shown in the first four rounds."

Last season: No corresponding fixture.

LAST TEN MEETINGS: St Helens 28, Leigh 6 (SLR12, 28/4/17)

Leigh 24, St Helens 16 (SLR2, 24/2/17).

Leigh 4, St Helens 78 (SLR26, 4/9/05).

Leigh 20, St Helens 27 (SLR22, 22/7/05).

St Helens 60, Leigh 16 (SLR9, 8/4/05).

Leigh 21, St Helens 4 (SBC, 23/1/94).

St Helens 34, Leigh 16 (SBC, 19/9/93).

St Helens 64, Leigh 9 (SBC, 6/1/93).

Leigh 11, St Helens 6 (SBC, 11/11/92).

St Helens 12, Leigh 6 (SBC, 25/3/90).

Super League summary Leigh won 1 St Helens won 4 Leigh highest score: 24-16 (H, 2017) (also widest margin) St Helens highest score: 78-4 (A, 2005) (also widest margin).

Last six league matches: Leigh L W L L L L St Helens L L W W W W.

Top try scorers: Ryan Brierley (Leigh) & Iain Thornley (Leigh) 2; Regan Grace (St Helens) 5.

St Helens Star:


LOUIE McCARTHY-SCARSBROOK needs one appearance to reach 300 for St Helens.

Debut: Wigan Warriors (MW - Cardiff) (SL) (D16-16) (Prop) (12 February, 2011) KYLE AMOR needs one appearance to reach 250 (Super League).

172 for St Helens (2014-2021) - 74 for Wakefield Trinity (2011-2013) - 3 for Leeds Rhinos (2010) (including play-offs & Super League Super 8s).

TOMMY MAKINSON needs two tries to reach 150 for his career.

141 for St Helens (2011-2021) - 3 for Rochdale Hornets (2013, dual-registration) - 4 for England (2018) (0 for Whitehaven, 2013, dual-registration).

LACHLAN COOTE needs nine points to reach 500 for St Helens.

- (26 tries, 193 goals, 1 field goal - 46 appearances, 2019-2021).


Saints are the away team and will play in blue, Leigh play in their traditional red and white. 


M. Griffiths is the man in the middle.

Weekend fixtures.

Thursday: Wigan Warriors 16 Hull FC 14.

Friday: Wakefield v Catalans – 6pm, Leigh v St Helens – 6pm, Our League. Salford v Castleford – 7.45pm – Sky Sports.

Saturday: Warrington v Hull KR – 1pm.

Sunday: Huddersfield v Leeds 3pm.