SAINTS got off to a ‘one in three’ start in the Rugby League 9s competition.At Wilderspool on Tuesday night they beat Salford 24-22 but lost to Cumbria 12-8 and Warrington 26-20.It leaves them third in the table: PWDLFORAGSTDIFFPTSWarrington33007636+406Cumbria31114858-103St Helens33025260-82Salford City Reds30125880-221 Saints squad was:Aaron McCloskey, Adam Hesketh, Alex Clare, Andre Savelio, Anthony Walker, Danny Jones, Danny Yates, Jaydon Sandford, Joe Greenwood, Josh Greaves, Lewis Charnock, Lewis Foster, Lewis Galbraith, Luke Thompson and Scott Hale.Buy a ticket for the 2012 Rugby League 9s Finals Night at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Tuesday June 26 now and you will receive another absolutely free of charge.This BOGOF offer is for pre-purchased tickets only and will not be available on the day of the game: all complimentary tickets issued will be of equal or lower value to those purchased.Tickets are available for just £10 adults and £5 concessions by calling Leeds Rhinos Ticket Office on 0871 423 1315 (calls charged at 10p per min – calls from mobiles may vary) or the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113.For full fixtures and more information click here
NATHAN Brown is preparing his side for Friday’s trip to Headingley confident they can do well.It will be Saints’ second trip to Leeds Rhinos this year and in May, the last time the two sides met, they won 30-22.Since then, an injury ravaged team has got key players back and has hit real form – just at the right time.“There is real belief in the team,” he said. “We have played well over the last three months and our last loss was against Warrington. In the last ten or so weeks we have beaten some good sides along the way.“You can’t fake the confidence and belief that comes from winning. And that belief is something you get when you have done it in the past. Some of the players here have been in big games and have done well. Leeds have done the same too.“It will be a good game as both sides don’t just hit it up and kick do they? There is a lot of football in both teams. Both sides have vastly different ways of playing but aren’t afraid of using the ball.”Leeds come into the match after losing 40-20 at Warrington, but Brown isn’t reading too much into that defeat.“If you break the Warrington-Leeds match down Leeds had a short window where they didn’t go as well as they would have liked. If you’re a little off Warrington can punish you.“In the first 20 minutes Leeds were going well but Benny Westwood’s try was 50:50 and it had a big impact. Warrington were the better side though but it was closer than the scoreline suggested.“We’re not going to be able to go to Headingley, play average and win. All 17 players will have to contribute and perform well.“Leeds are packed with good players. Let’s be honest you can’t fluke six Grand Finals can you? They have kept the nucleus of those sides too – Jamie Peacock, Kevin Sinfield, Danny Maguire, Rob Burrow and Kylie Leuluai – they have played a lot together and know each other’s games.“As their older players go, they replace with quality. Keith Senior was replaced by Kallum Watkins and he is a talented player; a winger goes and Ben Jones-Bishop comes in and Brent Webb has been replaced by Zak Hardaker.“They are a top club and we will need to play well.”Saints come into the match on the back of a good run of form and Brown expects to field the same 17 that beat Hull KR on Friday.“Most of the players came through ok, there were a couple of small bumps and bruises but we will look to play the same 17 as last week,” he continued. “That is important as the combinations have done well. How we are playing seems to suit the players too.“The dynamics of the team have changed this season. We have had outside backs with a fair bit of size to them and now we have some genuine speed too. Both wingers can move, we have Jordan Turner in the centres and we have blokes who can go the distance.“There is a good feeling in the squad. We have started well in games and that is important. We need to maintain that momentum and our intensity needs to be good.”Tickets for the Elimination Semi Final on Friday at Headingley remain on sale.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
LOUIE McCarthy-Scarsbrook has been banned for two matches after pleading guilty to a Grade C offence.He was alleged to have made dangerous contact with Leon Pryce of Catalans Dragons in the 57th minute of the fixture played on Friday February 14.He has also been fined £300.
ENGLAND Academy secured a memorable 28-14 victory over the Australian Schoolboys at Leigh Sports Village, ensuring that they shared the two-Test 2014 Autumn International Academy Series.The fiery encounter in Leigh ended with both sides stood arm-in-arm when presented the shared honours, though it was the home side that were the happiest after beating an old foe for the first time since 2010.“That was a great response,” said Richard Marshall, after completing his first series as England Academy coach. “We were bitterly disappointed last week and this week we are the complete opposite – we are ecstatic.“The boys got what they deserved, they worked really well this week and put in a strong performance for 80 minutes.“They scored some really nice tries as well. The conditions were appalling, it didn’t help either team, but I think our guys defended resolutely and really worked hard for the victory.”A bitterly cold night in Leigh was not the place to put in a lukewarm performance for an England side looking to bounce back from defeat six days prior. Perhaps buoyed by the presence of James Graham in the stands – the senior international presented match shirts to the players the day before – it was just as well that the hosts came out in red-hot form.England needed only 75 seconds to register the game’s first try. Gifted a penalty ten metres from the Australian line, the Academy worked the game’s first set right through full-back Ash Golding, who found Ash Handley ready to take advantage of a small opening.In England’s very next possession, Jack Logan showed strength to gain ground down the right wing, offloading smartly to Handley who cut inside to stride 30 metres before being brought down. Jordan Abdul’s grubber eventually bobbled long, but England’s early attacking intentions were clear.Australia’s attacking threat was, as in the first game in this series, ever-present. Latrell Mitchell’s explosive power from full-back helped the Schoolboys gobble tens of metres per set, and on a number of occasions England relied on the sharp eye of man-of-the-match Golding to cut out Brock Lamb’s probing kicks.The Schoolboys managed their own try within 20 minutes. Having elected to run a penalty 15 metres from England’s line, the Academy looked to have survived an onslaught from Ray Stone and then the equally-large Ash Nisbet, however Mitchell’s eventual inclusion in the attack proved one powerhouse too many for England, as the Sydney City Roosters man burst through to just about make the line.From a similar position Nisbet went over on half an hour but Newcastle Knights player Lamb, finding it difficult in the blustery Lancastrian conditions, dragged his second conversion in succession wide of the sticks.That kick could have brought the tourists level going into half time, for England had already registered their second try of the night. Joe Keyes’s kick to the right corner was met by Hull FC’s Logan who, unchallenged, plucked from the air to touch down. Abdul couldn’t add to his earlier conversion, shaving the post from a difficult touch-line kick.The swirling sleet relented for the start of the second period but, for large parts of the second half, the Schoolboys’ attacks didn’t. Huddersfield Giants’ Mikey Wood did break through to gain nearly 40 metres, only for Mitchell to retrieve and make 20 of those straight back.Jacob Liddle was able to dive in under the sticks – a score easily converted by Lamb – after good work from Stone in the build-up, and they would have had another soon after had Gideon Gela not run out of steam in a length-of-the-field break – Golding again came to the rescue for the Academy.Only fleetingly were red shirts able to advance but, firstly through Jansin Turgut, England made their attacks count. Golding, lucky to still be on the field after a heavy collision with an advertising hoarding, made ground towards the left, winning the penalty from which captain Turgut was able to capitalise on.A second foray forward resulted in a fourth try for the home side, albeit via an ounce of confusion. After Ted Chapelow was tripped chasing a high bomb, referee Tom Grant allowed play to continue and from the ensuing mêlée Leeds Rhinos’ Robbie Ward pounced.The momentum was now with the home team, and again England found themselves ten metres out, in front of the tourists’ posts. They worked the ball left through Abdul, then Toby King, before Jack Johnson found himself in possession in the corner.With three green and gold shirts bearing down, he skipped back inside, selling all markers the dummy, to dart over and seal a memorable win for England.Ward and Australia’s Tom Amone each saw yellow for their parts in a brief brawl in the aftermath of England’s winning try, though the performance of referee Grant and his officials – all of the same academy age as the players – must be commended for keeping control of a match which, a number of times, threatened to boil over.Not that this detracted from an enthralling encounter, one which has given Academy coach Marshall plenty of hope for the future.England Academy:Ash Golding (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders); Jack Johnson (Warrington Wolves, Saddleworth Rangers), Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos, Stanley Rangers), Toby King (Warrington Wolves, Meltham All Blacks), Jack Logan (Hull FC, Cottingham Tigers); Jordan Abdul (Hull FC, Skirlaugh), Joe Keyes (London Broncos, Medway Dragons); Ted Chapelhow (Widnes Vikings, West Bank Bears), Robbie Ward (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders), Tyler Dickinson (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal), Oliver Davies (St Helens, Orrell St James), Jansin Turgut – Captain (Hull FC, West Hull), Sam Wilde (Warrington Wolves, Shevington Sharks). Subs: Luke Waterworth (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge), Will Maher (Castleford Tigers, Ulverston), Mikey Wood (Huddersfield Giants, Slaithwaite Saracens), Elliot Minchella (Leeds Rhinos, West Bowling).Australian Schoolboys:Gideon Gela (North Queensland Cowboys, Kirwan State High School Townsville QLD); Connor Cox (Morayfield State High School, Morayfield QLD), Braden Robson (Newcastle Knights, St Francis Xavier College Hamilton NSW), Keenan Yorston (Cronulla Sharks, Wavell State High School Wavell Heights QLD), Latrell Mitchell (Sydney City Roosters, Marist College Pagewood NSW); Brock Lamb (Newcastle Knights, St Mary’s College Maitland NSW), Jack Cogger (Newcastle Knights, Mackillop Catholic College Warnervale NSW); Hame Sele (St George Illawarra Dragons, Kingsgrove High School Kingsgrove NSW), Jayden Brailey (Cronulla Sharks, Acquinas Catholic College Manai NSW), Tom Amone (Parramatta Eela, The Hills Sports High School Seven Hills NSW), Tyrell Fuiaomano (Parramatta Eels, Patrician Brothers College Blacktown NSW), Ash Nisbet (Cronulla Sharks, St Gregory’s College Cambeltown NSW), Ray Stone (West Tigers, Wollindilly Anglican College Bargo NSW). Subs: Jacob Liddle (West Tigers, Wadalba Community School Wadalba NSW), Keegan Hipgrave (Brisbane Broncos, Palm Beach Currumbin State High School Palm Beach QLD), Jacob Host (St George Illawarra Dragons, De la Salle College Revesby Heights NSW), Oliver Clark (Penrith Panthers, Terra Sancta College Schofields NSW).
Saints Community Development Foundation are the only rugby league club foundation in the country to announce the junior team for those with learning and physical disabilities between the ages of 5 and 14.Training sessions take place every Thursday evening, from 5 until 6pm at Ruskin Drive Sports Complex.Gareth Foster, Saints Disability Coach said: “I believe this is a fantastic initiative. We are always looking for new players to join us and being able to bring these sessions to younger members of our community is great.“It’s brilliant to be a part of the ever growing sport of Disability Rugby League, helping the sport develop and move forward. I hope to see new faces at our sessions in the near future and I cannot wait to get started.”We will be aided in this fantastic new initiative by YMCA Y Sports, Mark Jennings, St.Helens Sports Development and YMCA Y Sports Project Manager said:“It is great for us to be a partner in the delivery of the Junior disability sessions, carrying on from our involvement in the initial squad and project”.“Our staff love being involved and it is a great opportunity for them to challenge themselves as well as the players. The sessions and the squad are a perfect example of Y Sports looking to be Inclusive for all and we thank the Saints Community Development Foundation for the chance to be involved.”For more information on our new Junior Disability Squad, Please contact [email protected]