Woolf on Saints team news

Woolf on Saints team news

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St Helens Head Coach Kristian Woolf has given the latest on the Saints squad ahead of their match against Huddersfield Giants.

The most notable absentee is Tommy Makinson, who has been ruled out with a minor foot problem, although Woolf expects him to be back next week.

With Kevin Naiqama most likely moving out to the wing, that will more than likely make space for Mark Percival to make his return from injury.

However, if he doesn’t make it, Woolf said: “If Percy doesn’t make it, then it will most likely be Tom Nisbet who would get a chance out there.”

Despite that setback on the wing, Saints do welcome back forward Sione Mata’utia following the head knock he picked up in their Challenge Cup win against Leeds Rhinos.

His absence has meant the likes of Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Kyle Amor have been getting increased minutes on the pitch.

Woolf has said that is not likely to change.

He added: “They have both been exceptional. Kyle in particular I thought deserved a lot of praise last week. They have both been able to come off the bench and speed the game up for us.

“When you have someone like Louie who has played 400 games, next to Kyle who has played 300, when you have someone off the bench like Jake Wingfield, it’s invaluable.

“With the support and the know how they give, that’s why you see someone like Jake go out there and be comfortable.

“They’re bodies are holding up well, and I know from my conversations that they want to be in the side every week, and they are not looking for a rest.”

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