ADE Gardner and Anthony Walker will play for Whitehaven this weekend after being placed on ‘Dual Registration’.Dave Woods’ side will travel to Keighley on Sunday to take on the Cougars.Alongside their partnership with Rochdale, Saints have an agreement in place with Whitehaven to enable members of its first team squad to play in the Kingstone Press Championship.General Manager Mike Rush said: “We are indebted to Dave Woods and his team for allowing us the opportunity for our first team players to get valuable game time at a high level.“Both Ade and Anthony will benefit from the match against Keighley as they look to force their way into Nathan Brown’s first team plans.“We have real competition for places at the Saints and agreements such as this and with Rochdale enable our players to build up vital match fitness.”
KEIRON Cunningham bemoaned his side’s ruck defence as they went down 41-16 to league leaders Leeds last night.Saints rallied in the second half but left themselves far too much to do.“I thought our ruck defence and marker play was extremely poor,” he said. “As a result we became a victim of our own errors. You can’t give a side as good as Leeds that many chances around the ruck.“They have a great 9 and a lot of good support players that take advantage. The resilience and scramble is always good from Saints but our ruck let us down massively.“And the thing is we came out in the second half after speaking about it and looked a different side. If we had done that in the first half then I’m sure it would have been a completely different game.”That second half rally came on the back of Luke Walsh returning to the fold.“It was always the plan to introduce Luke back the way we have and I had to hold my nerve on him. He played 25 minutes last week, a half this and will start next week.“That is how it was always going to be and I knew he would make a difference as he is a great 7.“To be honest I thought our attack looked good. We didn’t have issue in yardage or good ball and we rolled Leeds down the field. Perhaps we did that a little too easily and the boys may have taken it for granted and became soft around the rucks because of it.“That said, Leeds are a great side and can strike from anywhere. There were times we were down the field and they went full length from an intercept. That is what good sides do and you have to take your opportunities.”
Tickets for the match at the Mend-A-Hose Stadium are now on sale.They are priced at:Advance prices for Members:Adults – £15Concessions (students, juniors, OAPs) – £8Junior Members – FreeAdvance prices for Non-Members:Adults – £18Concessions (students, juniors, OAPs) – £10Junior Members have to pick up their swaps before they travel and coach travel will be announced shortly.“You have to play the best teams somewhere along the way so you may as well get it out the way,” joint coach Sean Long said. “We only played Cas recently when we beat them at our place but this will be a whole new game and of course this time it’s at Castleford.“We are looking forward to the challenge.”Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.
Smith was stretchered off early into the win over Warrington last Friday after being hit by loose forward Sitaleki Akauola and although our young hooker was discharged from hospital over the weekend, he has experienced headaches and pain in his neck this week and has not recovered in time for Friday night’s clash.Hull bound Swift comes in for Smith in the only change to the squad for the trip to high-flying Hull FC and as Holbrook revealed in an interview yesterday, James Bentley should get another chance at hooker. St.Helens 19 man squad1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Kevin Naiqama, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Regan Grace, 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 10. Luke Thompson, 12. Joseph Paulo, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Adam Swift, 19. Matty Lees, 20. Jack Ashworth, 22. James Bentley, 23. Lachlan Coote, 24. Matty Costello.Hull FC 19 man squad1. Jamie Shaul, 2. Bureta Faraimo, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 4. Josh Griffin, 6. Albert Kelly, 7. Marc Sneyd, 8. Scott Taylor, 9. Danny Houghton, 10. Josh Bowden, 12. Mark Minichiello, 13. Joe Westerman, 14. Jake Connor, 15. Chris Green, 20. Brad Fash, 21. Sika Manu, 23. Mickey Paea, 33. Ratu Naulago, 34. Gareth Ellis, 35. Andre Savelio.You can grab your tickets for Friday night’s clash as well as our derby clash with Wigan Warriors at the Totally Wicked Stadium in a ‘Bad Friday’ repeat online here by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket OfYou cfice at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Tickets for Saints Coral Challenge Cup Semi Final against Halifax, Saturday July 27 (KO 4:30pm) at the University of Bolton Stadium, are also on sale by clicking here.