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Wakefield v St Helens (Round 19)
The strong-running 20-year-old prop came off the bench to score two tries in the Lions? 46-14 win over New Zealand on his home ground at Knowsley Road on Tuesday.
Graham was one of 10 Saints players to feature in the XXXX Test, a clear illustration of the engage Super League leaders? strength, but most of them are back in action against Wakefield on Sunday.
The notable exception is captain Paul Sculthorpe, who faces two months out after suffering knee ligament damage early in the game.
Graham said: ?Obviously there will be a few tired and bruised bodies this week. ?Sunday won't be easy, but if you want to play for a top club like Saints you can't afford to feel sorry for yourself, you've got to get on with it and earn your place in the team every week.?
Saints head to Belle Vue looking to at least maintain their two-point advantage at the top while a shock Wakefield win would give them a lift in their bid to stay above bottom side Wigan.
Hooker Keiron Cunningham, another of the returning Test players, said: ?We desperately want to keep winning to stay on top of the league but obviously Wakefield will want to win just as much for other reasons.
?Wakefield always make it tough for us when we go to their place and we won't be expecting anything less this time as well, especially with so many of our players having to back up after Tuesday night.
?They will be aware of that and so no doubt they'll come at us even harder than usual early on, but we're professional players, and professionals should be able to back up.?
The international may have taken a toll on Wakefield too with second row David Solomona a doubt with a rib injury. Playmaker Jamie Rooney also has a shoulder problem.
Wakefield v St Helens, Belle Vue, Sunday July 2
Wakefield 18-man: Halpenny, Demetriou, Tadulala, Jeffries, Obst, Griffin, March, Korkidas, Solomona, J. Field, Betham, White, MacGillivray, Elima, Catic, Saxton, Atkins, Watene.
St Helens 18-man: Wellens, Gardner, Lyon, Talau, Pryce, Long, Fozzard, Cunningham, Cayless, Gilmour, Wilkin, Roby, Hooper, P. Anderson, V. Anderson, Graham, Hardman, Fa?asavalu.
Last six league matches: Wakefield L W L L W L St Helens L W W L L W
Top try scorers: Semi Tadulala (Wakefield) 14; Ade Gardner (St Helens) 15
Top goal scorers: Jamie Rooney (Wakefield) 41; Jamie Lyon (St Helens) 67