St Helens have received a double boost ahead of the Betfred Super League Grand Final after skipper James Roby and Jack Welsby avoided suspensions for Saturday’s clash with Leeds Rhinos ( St Helens 1/2, tie 18/1, Leeds 17/10 – Match Winner 80 minutes).
Saints were sweating over the availability of the pair following their 19-12 victory over Salford Red Devils at the Totally Wicked Stadium in the playoff semi-finals last Saturday.
Following the match review panel’s assessment, Roby received a caution for a ‘dangerous contact’ offence, while Welsby’s Grade A ‘high tackle’ charge was given a “careless” as opposed to a “reckless” grading by the review board.
While the duo will be available to face Leeds (4/5 +6 Handicap 3-Way) at Old Trafford this weekend, there is still some uncertainty regarding Saints’ England international Morgan Knowles.
The back-rower was given a Grade B ‘dangerous contact’ charge following an incident with the Red Devils’ Chris Atkin but the Saints have decided to appeal against the decision.
As for news from the Leeds’ camp, Liam Sutcliffe has been speaking ahead of his final game for the Rhinos before a switch to Hull FC.
The 27-year-old has admitted it’s been an up-and-down season but is hoping he can end his time with Leeds on a high at Old Trafford.
“It will be emotional for a few boys, but I’m sure they’ll be just wanting to enjoy the week as well,” he told Sky Sports.
“I just want to enjoy the week as much as possible, take everything in, enjoy my time around the place, and try to take it all in on Saturday as well.”