Hopefully the last of any beasts or pests have been driven away as we return for another weekend of pulsating Super League action!
Find out who will come out on top as the regular season already approaches the half-way mark!
St Helens Vs Hull FC
First leg of the Steve Prescott Cup as St Helens take on Hull FC at the Totally Wicked stadium.
Will both clubs produce another spectacle in honour of the man himself, adding to their multiple clashes that have gone down as some of Super League’s best? Find out below!
Ben Barba Vs Jamie Shaul
First up two players, who have perhaps flattered to deceive in the past as Ben Barba lines up against Jamie Shaul.
Barba is already being dubbed as Super League’s ‘Mr. Magic’ this season, scoring ten tries already that is helping him towards the Man of Steel award, adding to his 2012 Daily M Award.
But Shaul, always a favourite with Hull fans, has steadily improved over the years, finishing runner-up as the club’s top try scorer last season with a total of 17.
Two players who clearly know their way to the try line, and are liable to assist in many more, but have had international selection evade them, something that may change this season and beyond.
Luke Thompson Vs Scott Taylor
The front row sees St Helens’ latest prospect Luke Thompson up against Hull’s Vice-Captain Scott Taylor.
Thompson currently stands as the Saints’ top metre maker, amassing 1137 has helped him emerge as their top forward arguably.
But Taylor has always proved trouble for the opposition, though only making 894 in comparison, he should prove quite the foe.
Two home grown players with a great deal of size and tenacity that could prove the difference as either forward pack will look to get on top of one or another.
Tom Makinson Vs Fetuli Talanoa
Last up sees two acrobatic wingers come face-to-face in Tom Makinson and Fetuli Talanoa.
Makinson was superb last time out, scoring two tries finally seeing him demonstrate his true value to the Saints.
But Talanoa, arguably one of the most underrated players in the competition, currently stands as the top try scorer with 11.
Both know their way to the line and are excellent at support play, happy to come in off their wings to put in the hard yards that helps carry each team forward.
Easy work for the Saints? Perhaps not as if anyone can trouble them then it is the rather inconsistent Hull FC.
Hull have regained faces for the clash that can prove troublesome, with Shaul and Carlos Tuimavave back in with the likes of Talanoa, Jake Connor and Josh Griffin.
However, the controversial suspension of Bureta Faraimo sees them lack some size out wide.
In response, the Saints have internationals in Mark Percival and Regan Grace to link up with Ryan Morgan, Makinson and Barba, so they may have the advantage in the three-quarters.
The half-backs look an interesting battle. Hull possess former man of steel contender Albert Kelly, partnering back-to-back Lance Todd Trophy Winner Marc Sneyd.
Always an exciting combination, but as are Saints’ considering they have many to choose from in the ever-improving Danny Richardson alongside the experienced Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages and Matty Smith.
The forwards seem relatively even, both possessing sizable front rowers as well as hookers with international experience, whether that be for England or the Knights.
But the Saints do look more clinical and are in better form, plus having home advantage, should help them to yet another win this season.
Make no mistake, Hull will cause trouble for the Saints, the likes of Taylor, Mickey Paea, Josh Bowden and Chris Green will trouble them but perhaps inexperience may cost them.
You look at Saints’ team, they have Thompson, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Kyle Amor, Luke Douglas and Taia, with rarely any inexperienced youngsters.
That is perhaps a fault in Hull’s squad depth; Jordan Lane, Jez Litten and Jack Logan are all talented but may be caught out against arguably this season’s team to beat.
So another win for the Saints looks imminent, but if anyone can topple them at home, it would be Hull as they have had quite a lot of experience in doing so in recent years.