THE annual State of Mind themed Super League round will take place in Round 20, featuring some mouth-watering games.Warrington host Wigan and St Helens travel to Leeds for the televised fixtures on Thursday July 2 and Friday July 3, where the State of Mind team will be present to pass on their message during a themed round for the fourth successive season.A bumper crowd is expected at the AJ Bell Stadium, where Salford take on Catalans, with Red Devils owner Dr Koukash promising free entry to all fans.That game is one of four on Sunday July 5, which also includes Hull against Wakefield, Castleford versus Widnes and Hull KR’s trip to Huddersfield.The message for this year’s State of Mind round is “What’s Theirs?”State of Mind co-founder, Dr Phil Cooper, said: “Just chatting and spending time with someone can make the world of difference. It’s not about trying to fix people or trying to solve their problems for them. Often, it’s just about being there, showing you care and listening without making judgements.“This year, State of Mind is focused on looking out for your mates, colleagues and family.“So this State of Mind Round, how can you support someone you know?”Last year’s themed round saw more than 5,500 mental fitness cards handed out to fans, with more than 4.3m people viewing mental fitness messages sent out through State of Mind’s player ambassadors.One fan said: “If it was not for State of Mind, I would not be here today. I was looking for a piece of rope to hang myself and saw a State of Mind card I picked up last year. It made me stop and go and get help. You saved my life.”Visit www.stateofmindrugby.com
Previous Challenge Cup Meetings:2017 (Round 6) Castleford 53 St Helens 10 1996 (Round 4) Castleford 16 St Helens 58 1990 (Preliminary Round) St Helens 39 Castleford 12 1979 (Quarter Final) Castleford 6 St Helens 10 1970 (Semi-Final) Castleford 6 St Helens 3 (at Station Road, Swinton) 1965 (Round 1) St Helens 22 Castleford 9 1964 (Round 1) St Helens 6 Castleford 13 1961 (Round 2) Castleford 10 St Helens 18 1956 (Round 2) St Helens 48 Castleford 5 1946 (Round 1, First Leg) Castleford 10 St Helens 4 1946 (Round 1, Second Leg) St Helens 14 Castleford 5 1941 (Round 2) Castleford 21 St Helens 13 1938 (Round 2) Castleford 18 St Helens 2 1931 (Round 2) Castleford 2 St Helens 8Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 46, Castleford 6 (SLR1, 2/2/18) Castleford 23, St Helens 22 (SLSF, 28/9/17) Castleford 12, St Helens 26 (SLS8-R1, 3/8/17) Castleford 16, St Helens 12 (SLR17, 4/6/17) Castleford 53, St Helens 10 (CCR6, 13/5/17) St Helens 26, Castleford 22 (SLR10, 17/4/17) St Helens 40, Castleford 16 (SLS8-R5, 8/9/16) Castleford 20, St Helens 30 (SLR13, 1/5/16) St Helens 28, Castleford 22 (SLR4, 4/3/16) Castleford 38, St Helens 42 (SLS8-R5, 10/9/15)Head to Head:SaintsCastleford Tries79 (1st)38 (9th)Goals68 (1st)42 (5th)Metres19,816 (1st)14,268 (12th)Breaks108 (1st)52 (10th)Tackles4,643 (4th)4,093 (12th)Penalties99 (11th)94 (12th)Milestones:James Roby needs one try to reach a century of touchdowns for St Helens. He has scored 99 tries in 410 games for the Saints since 2004.Regan Grace (1-2-2) has scored tries in our last three matches.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Ben Barba (St Helens) 15 2 Mark Percival (St Helens) 13 3 Fetuli Talanoa (Hull FC) 12 4 = Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 9 6 = Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos), Jonny Lomax (St Helens), Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 8Goals: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 68 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 47 3 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 42 4 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 41 5 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 33 6 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 31 7 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 30 8 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 28 9 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 25 10 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 23Goals Percentage: 1 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 100.00 (11/11) 2 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 89.13 (41/46) 3 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 86.11 (31/36) 4 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 85.18 (23/27) 5 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 84.84 (28/33) 6 Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons) 80.00 (12/15) 7 Robert Lui (Salford Red Devils) 78.57 (22/28) 8 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 78.33 (47/60) 9 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 78.12 (25/32) 10 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 76.40 (68/89)Points: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 146 2 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 106 3 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 105 4 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 102 5 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 94 6 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 70 7 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 68 8 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 66 9 = Ben Barba (St Helens), Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings), Robert Lui (Salford Red Devils) 60Tickets for Saturday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 and online.
Saints won the last game between the two sides but the prop forward admits the task facing them will be different this time round.“They’ve been up for a good couple of months and been playing some great rugby,” he said. “I know they were disappointed with their efforts when we played them last. They’re going to be revamped, ready to go and a hungry side, so we’ve got to be ready.“They’ve got a lot of great players in their squad and we’ve got a fair bit of work to do all over the park, but if we can keep our standards and keep pushing forward then hopefully we’ve got a good shot.”Saints head into the match ten points clear of second place in the Betfred Super League.Such a gap could afford the side to switch off but Douglas says the focus remains on keeping up momentum.“We haven’t really spoken about the table too much, we’re just in a good frame of mind,” he added. “We’re all working hard, want to improve and we’re picking little bits that we can improve on. You can always get better and that’s the way you’ve got to look at it.“We just keep stepping up and if we keep building, we’re going in the right direction.”Douglas has played 22 times for Saints this season and says whilst his game time is limited, he is giving his all for the side.“Whenever I get my chance I’ve got to do my bit and get the team forward as well as being solid in defence,” he added. “When I get my opportunity I’ve got to get on there and take it with both hands and put it in for the team.”Tickets for Thursday’s home clash with Warrington are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.It gets underway at 7:45pm.