KEIRON Cunningham says Hull FC will present a totally different challenge from the side that struggled for form earlier in the season.The Airlie Birds have won six of their last seven games to not only progress in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup but also rise to eighth in the First Utility Super League.“It will be a tough game,” Cunningham said. “They are playing really well and have changed the way they are playing with the ball. They are playing Leon Pryce on the ball a lot more and he is hitting good form as a result.“They are a good defensive side but haven’t been in a good spot on the table. They have been losing games by minimal points but now they have changed the way they attack. They are playing more carefree.“It is important for us to put in a good performance. We have a real difficult block of fixtures coming up and the next month is vital for us.“We will be doing it without Luke Walsh and with a new half back partnership. The challenge for us is to come out with as many points as we can.”Saints head into the clash on the back of a 46-6 win over York City Knights and with a number of players returning after being rested.James Roby, Jordan Turner, Alex Walmsley and Luke Thompson all missed out – and Cunningham admits he would have liked to have omitted more.“We had to play with Jon Wilkin and Travis Burns on Friday even though they have both played a lot of minutes,” he continued. “They will definitely play together over the next few games so we had to build that combination.“The game gave me a chance to rest some players but some desperately wanted to play after our loss in Catalan. Alex (Walmsley) wanted to play and I had to hit him over the head with a crowbar to stop him. I could have rested a few more but they wanted to kick on with a bit of form.“It also gave me the opportunity to look at some of the younger players too. I thought Matty Fleming did a job for us at centre, Olly (Davies) was great on the edge and Morgan (Knowles) was outstanding.“It will be a real challenge to find his position as he can fill numerous roles. He could be the utility role player for us that every club needs.”Tickets for Friday’s game at Hull FC and Saints’ home fixtures for the rest of the regular season, are now on sale.You can get yours by popping into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, via 01744 455 052 or online here.
SAINTS and Leeds have ‘split’ their last ten meetings together.Last 10 Meetings:St Helens 16, Leeds 41 (SLR11, 17/4/15)Leeds 12, St Helens 13 (SLR25, 29/8/14)Leeds 32, St Helens 12 (CCR5, 26/4/14)St Helens 14, Leeds 10 (SLR7, 28/3/14)Leeds 11, St Helens 10 (SLPSF, 20/9/13)Leeds 22, St Helens 30 (SLR15, 20/5/13)St Helens 12, Leeds 20 (SLR5, 1/3/13)Leeds 18, St Helens 31 (SLR14, 21/5/12)St Helens 46, Leeds 6 (SLR8, 25/3/12)Leeds 32, St Helens 16 (SLGF, 8/10/11) (at Old Trafford, Manchester)Super League Summary:Leeds won 26 (includes wins in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 Grand Finals; 1998, 2005 and 2013 play-offs)St Helens won 30 (includes wins in 1999, 2001, 2007 and 2008 play-offs)Highs and Lows:Leeds highest score: 74-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 70-0, H, 2004)St Helens highest score: 62-18 (H, 1999) (Widest margin: 56-10, H, 2004)Career Milestones:Jordan Turner needs three tries to reach a career century of touchdowns. His total of 97 has been scored as follows: 24 for Salford (2006-2009), 34 for Hull FC (2010-2012), 37 for St Helens (2013-2015) and 2 for England Knights (2012).Jon Wilkin needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns. His total of 99 has been scored as follows: 8 for Hull KR (2000-2002), 90 for St Helens (2003-2015) and 1 for England (2004-2005, 2008-2009 & 2011-2012). Wilkin also made 6 non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).Consecutive Appearances:Mose Masoe continues to have the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 51.He made his Saints debut as a substitute in a 38-18 win against Hull KR at Langtree Park on March 7 2014 and has been ever present since.1 Mose Masoe (St Helens) 512 Danny Washbrook (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 433 Elliott Whitehead (Catalans Dragons) 394 = Paul Aiton (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 35First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 192 Tom Lineham (Hull FC) 153 = Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers), Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings) 145 = Kieran Dixon (Hull Kingston Rovers), Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Jordan Turner (St Helens) 138 = Albert Kelly (Hull Kingston Rovers), Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 12Goals:1 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 652 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 623 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 605 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 596 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 567 = Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils), Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 3910 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 37Points:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 1722 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 1453 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 1364 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 1345 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 1326 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1277 Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings) 1068 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 989 = Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves), Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 94