ACTING Head Coach Mike Rush said he didn’t think Saints were too far away from Wigan on Friday.His side lost 28-10 to end a two game winning run and now must refocus in time for the Easter Monday trip to Castleford.“I didn’t think we were that far way,” he said. “At 12-10 we decided to run the ball instead of taking a shot at the penalty as we felt we had the momentum.“Then there was a decision by the referee on the half way line and that changed the game a little bit.”He continued: “We did suffer when Jonny Lomax left the field. You need ball players and a bit of push don’t you? It wouldn’t affect you if you had time to prepare beforehand but losing a key player part way through a game is difficult.“We don’t know how he is but it is a finger injury and will need to be assessed. Jon Wilkin has done his shoulder, but again, until it is assessed we won’t know the prognosis.”
A huge Saintly welcome to our sponsors for Thursday’s First Utility Super League tie with Huddersfield Giants.MATCH SPONSOR – Quick ReachQuick Reach are an innovative Powered Access Company with a wealth of experience in the plant industry. They offer an individual, honest and professional hire service and add the personal touch to business, talking common sense rather than the usual sales jargon.Their dedicated team have a vast amount of experience in this industry and will ensure that you have peace of mind – keeping you informed every step of the way.Their team have a wealth of knowledge of the hired platform industry and their main objective is to make sure you feel valued and supply only the best equipment which specifically suits your project. Quick Reach always has it covered, allowing you to get on with your day.Quick Reach are excited about talking to you about their extensive range of scissor lifts, booms and their fleet of new JCB Telehandlers from 7m to 17m.They can be contacted on Quick Reach – 0845 6022733 or visit their website www.quick-reach.co.uk MATCH PROGRAMME SPONSOR – Kieras Occasions Venue Dressing and Balloon DecorKieras Occasions are proud to be this week’s Match Programme Sponsors and it will be their third time as sponsors here at Langtree Park this season.Kiera is a massive Saints fan who set up her business back in 2008 – firstly working from home until 2012 when she moved into her own shop on Greenfield Road. She is very proud to be supporting Saints as a local business again.Kieras Occasions is a locally based company that specialises in the very finest balloon décor and venue dressing. Whether it is weddings, christenings, birthdays or any special event they are sure to have what it takes to create an enjoyable and memorable day.To find out more visit their website at www.kierasoccasions.co.uk or call into her shop at 132 Greenfield Road, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 6SH. Tel: 07955 600 101 / 0800 566 8415THIS WEEK’S FEATURED PLAYER SPONSORS – North West PilingNorth West Piling are a local company situated at the Hoghton Road Business Centre.They specialise in all types of structural requirements including Piling, Groundwork, Underpinning, Foundations and more. They also have a project management service available if required. They are proud to say that all their work is carried out by their own staff and do not rely on the use of subcontractors to ensure that they maintain a high quality standard and 100% satisfaction is met.At North West Piling they are proud to be supporting their local team and even more so by sponsoring fan favourite Luke Walsh.To contact North West Piling Visit them at Hoghton Road Business Centre, St Helens, WA9 3HS or call 01744 813395 or 07549 731707
THE official launch of the eagerly anticipated 2016 season will take place on Saturday January 30 at New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries, Leeds where fans will be able to enjoy an evening with Rugby League stars as they take part in Rugby League Rocks.Following the successful launch event in 2015 Rugby League Rocks makes its return with plenty of opportunities for fans to meet their heroes and watch them take part in numerous challenges and fun activities on the night which are sure to showcase the skills and personalities of many of the sport’s biggest stars.Earlier in the day there will be a free family fun day in the square at the Royal Armouries with fun inflatables and games for all ages and opportunities to meet and have photographs taken with the First Utility Super League trophy, the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup trophy, players and mascots from a range of First Utility Super League, Kingstone Press Championship and Kingstone Press League 1 clubs.To register your interest to attend the family event please go to www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.ukThe full entertainment line-up will be announced in due course including a top live music performance.Tickets for Rugby League Rocks at New Dock Hall, Royal Armouries, Leeds on Saturday January 30 cost £10 and can be purchased by calling the Rugby League Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk
IT’S time to be an Early Bird!Memberships for Saints’ 2017 Betfred Super League campaign are now on sale – and fans can save ££ on matchday walk-up prices if they buy before Christmas Day.For 2017, we have expanded your Strength In Numbers Membership scheme to include even more benefits.You will receive exclusive news plus Club and local partner discounts directly to your inbox as well as, naturally, all your Betfred Super League and Super 8s home games – up to 15 in total.It is the cheapest way to follow your Club – even more so as we have FROZEN all prices this year too.AND, one lucky member will win a trip to State of Origin in 2017.John Hill won the trip in 2016 and you can find out about his experiences here.Strength in Numbers Benefits:All your First Utility Super League and Super 8s home games included in one great Membership packagePriority match tickets for major games including finals (T&C’s apply)Your ticket reserved for additional major home games (World Club Series, Challenge Cup) which can be quickly and easily ordered online at our Ticket PortalExclusive Club news straight to your mobile or other device via emailExclusive news including new signings, via SMS before general releaseMembership access cardBring a friend for just £5 to a 2017 home match of your choice (excludes Wigan home games)Exclusive Membership only merchandise and stadium promotional offers sent directly to you via emailExclusive local partner offers giving you even more value with your Membership – take a look at some of the offers we ran in 2016!50% off your 2017 Magic Weekend ticketExclusive invites to Member only events during 2017Access to our Member feedback channels to engage with the Club and give us your views and opinionsDiscounted away travel via Club Travel Partner Hattons TravelEntry into the Strength In Numbers Grand Draw – chance to win a trip of a lifetime to a 2017 State Of Origin match in Australia including flights and accommodationLog on to our Membership site at www.mysaintsmembership.com to find out how to buy or call into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park.You can also call 01744 455 052.
Two early tries from Lachlan Coote and then Jonny Lomax’s 100th Saints try put us in control before a further three tries from Theo Fages and a Tommy Makinson double capped off a dominant first half display.Makinson secured his hat-trick in the second half and Lomax added a second try as Saints bounced back to winning ways with a 38-2 victory with Coote picking up four assists on a day when Sean Long waved goodbye.