Following another successful visit to Newcastle for the Dacia Magic Weekend, the Super League returns to its regular rounds of home and away action but another hectic schedule rears its head once more.
The first of two rounds within four days but hopefully a memorable one for different reasons as no doubt, all the games will honour those who tragically lost their lives in the horrific Manchester disaster.
Though the action continues regardless, the appropriate send-off hopefully will occur as all 12 clubs reach the half-way point of the entire season.
St Helens Vs Wigan Warriors
First up is arguably Super League’s biggest ‘derby’ as St Helens host Wigan Warriors at the Totally Wicked stadium.
Whether the fixture will live up to a similar name as its venue remains unknown but is highly likely.
The Saints remain unchanged from their emphatic win over Hull but Wigan welcome back duo Thomas Leuluai and Sam Powell to add experience and depth.
An interesting clash as the Saints will be buoyed by such a win last week and are under new management but Wigan have key personnel returning, just in time for a clash against their arch-rivals.
Leuluai and Powell, both pivots, will be crucial if they can gel immediately once again with George Williams and Sean O’Loughlin and if so, will cause plenty more havoc than Hull did respectively.
After all, all but one are Internationals and will keep Saints working overtime.
Never write off the hosts though as to combat such a threat, Theo Fages, Matty Smith and James Roby are available for their kicking game and organising their pack respectively.
Adding to that, utility back Tom Makinson was superb last week and can link up if needed.
However, despite casualties in the back line, Wigan remain competitive and can come up with the goods at any points.
Liam Marshall is in red hot form and alongside Joe Burgess, Wigan will remain a serious threat.
Looking at both forward packs, both seem relatively even in size and strength but the difference will be speed, which is where Wigan seem to be faster as a whole.
Man of Steel contender Williams will cash in on such a difference again and though the match will be close, Wigan do have the advantage due to the aforementioned and should return to winning ways.