Following the disappointment of the loss to Huddersfield, Justin Holbrook expects his side to play a lot better in the clash following a ‘normal week’ in terms of preparation.“After the semi-final it was hard for us to get up for it and the players were doing it tough too,” he said. “In hindsight, had we won on Sunday I would have given a rest to some of the players who were tired.“I would never rest players for no reason but there were some signs of fatigue there. We felt the best way to feel better after the cup loss would be to get a win, but we fell just short.“It was probably our worst performance of the year but with good reason. It was disappointing not to be good enough and I know people are now questioning if we are good enough. We want to win every week and want to play well but Friday had a lot to do with Sunday, that’s for sure.“This week feels like a normal week in terms of preparation. Wakefield have always been thereabouts this season and I can’t remember them being beaten easily at all. They are a big side and it is a tough place to go. We know we are in for a tough game.“We know we need to control the ball better though. When you make errors and hand the ball over it makes you look like a different team. If we control it better, then we will start to get back to playing the way we were.”Saints will head into Thursday’s match missing Adam Swift and Ryan Morgan – but on the plus side Regan Grace looks set to return.“Adam has hurt his shoulder again, but the medical staff think it will only be a three-week injury,” Justin added. “Regan will be right to come back after his caulk which is good. Ryan Morgan has had a lot of head knocks so we are giving him a few weeks off. He will see a specialist next week and we will go from there.”Saints could also be without in-form forward Luke Thompson too after he was handed a one-match penalty notice for ‘Other Contrary Behaviour’ after the loss to Huddersfield.The incident occurred when the forward scored his fifth try of the season and in celebration, threw the ball forward.Holbrook said: “We will have a look at the incident. I know the RFL are trying to crack down on throwing the ball in the crowd and things like that, but he didn’t do that.“He scored a try, threw the ball down and it hit the in-goal judge’s leg. It was obviously accidental and done in excitement. We will have a look at it.”Tickets for Thursday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 050 or online here.2018 Members can also take advantage of FREE coach travel by contacting the Ticket Office whilst non-Members can access it for just £5.
The game kicks off at 7.45pm.This Season’s MeetingsSt Helens 34, Wakefield 30 (SLR19, 29/6/18) Wakefield 24, St Helens 20 (SLR11, 15/4/18)Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 34, Wakefield 30 (SLR19, 29/6/18) Wakefield 24, St Helens 20 (SLR11, 15/4/18) Wakefield 16, St Helens 18 (SLS8-R5, 7/9/17) Wakefield 16, St Helens 41 (SLR23, 23/7/17) St Helens 12, Wakefield 16 (SLR3, 3/3/17) St Helens 32, Wakefield 12 (SLS8-R7, 23/9/16) Wakefield 32, St Helens 44 (SLR20, 3/7/16) St Helens 44, Wakefield 4 (SLR5, 11/3/16) St Helens 44, Wakefield 4 (SLR13, 1/5/15) Wakefield 16, St Helens 20 (SLR4, 6/3/15)Super League Summary:Wakefield won 9 St Helens won 36Highs and Lows:Wakefield highest score: 41-22 (H, 2004) (also widest margin) St Helens highest score: 64-16 (H, 2005) (Widest margin: 60-4, H, 2005)Super League Head to Head:SaintsWakefield Tries129 (1st)104 (2nd)Goals103 (1st)97 (2nd)Metres34,195 (1st)29,588 (6th)Breaks190 (1st)150 (3rd)Tackles7,962 (6th)7,788 (8th)Penalties167 (11th)184 (6th)Factoids:Danny Richardson has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in our last 27 matches. His scoring streak began with seven goals in our 46-6 home win against Castleford on February 2.Jonny Lomax is 10 points away from 500 in Super League.19-Man Squads:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth, 23. Ben Barba, 25. Aaron Smith, 30. Matty Costello.Trinity: 1. Scott Grix, 2. Tom Johnstone, 3. Bill Tupou, 4. Reece Lyne, 5. Ben Jones-Bishop, 6. Jacob Miller, 8. David Fifita, 9. Kyle Wood, 10. Anthony England, 11. Matty Ashurst, 13. Tyler Randell, 14. Justin Horo, 15. Pauli Pauli, 16. Tinirau Arona, 17. Craig Huby, 19. James Batchelor, 21. Max Jowitt, 23. Chris Annakin, 25. Ryan Hampshire.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Ben Barba (St Helens) 24 2 Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity) 18 3 Mark Percival (St Helens) 17 4 = Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 16 7 = Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants), Jonny Lomax (St Helens), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves) 14 10 Josh Charnley (Warrington Wolves) 13Goals: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 103 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 79 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 56 4 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 51 5 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 50 6 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 49 7 = Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons), Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 44 9 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 39 10 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 35Goals Percentage: 1 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 89.79 (44/49) 2 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 89.74 (35/39) 3 Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves) 87.50 (14/16) 4 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 86.15 (56/65) 5 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 86.11 (31/36) 6 Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons) 85.00 (17/20) 7 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (33/39) 8 Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings) 84.00 (21/25) 9 James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity) 81.25 (13/16) 10 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 77.27 (51/66)Points: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 225 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 200 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 156 4 Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 116 5 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 111 6 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 109 7 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 104 8 = Ben Barba (St Helens), Jake Connor (Hull FC), Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity), Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 96Betfred Super League table:POSTEAMPWLDPFPADIFFPTS1Saints242130725314411422Wigan Warriors241770597367230343Warrington Wolves241581587416171314Castleford Tigers24158158950485315Huddersfield Giants2412111443641-198256Wakefield Trinity241112161251993237Hull FC2411130547575-28228Catalans Dragons2410131494587-9321Tickets:Tickets for this fixture are now on sale from the Ticket Office only until noon today. They are priced at £21 for adults, £15 concessions (65 and over) and £5 juniors.All ticket prices increase by £3 on matchday.