TO mark the launch of the Super 8s fixtures, Rugby League will be taking over the Piazza at MediaCityUK on Wednesday July 29 from 11.00am to 3.00pm.Everyone is invited to enjoy and take part in a range of free fun Rugby League activities throughout the day. You can show off your amazing skills on the fantastic inflatables and test your passing accuracy to win prizes which include rugby balls, merchandise and Alcatel ONETouch goodies.A number of First Utility Super League players will be making guest appearances and fans can also take a selfie with the First Utility Super League trophy. The fantastic Rugby League Rockettes will be performing while the more energetic can try their hand at Touch Rugby League.England mascot Grubber will be making an appearance and is super excited to meet you!If you are already a fan or have enjoyed all the activities and want to get involved then have a chat with some of the sport’s community clubs and find out where your nearest team is.Come along and enjoy the free Rugby League fun there is something to do for everyone.The address for the event is: MediaCity UK, Salford, M50 2EQ
SAINTS face Warrington this Friday buoyed by Saturday’s win over Catalans.Head Coach Keiron Cunningham said his side deserved the win – and now hopes it can kick start their season.“The boys deserved everything they got from the game,” he said. “I’ve watched it back a couple of times and if we had lost the game it would have been a travesty. We played well against Hull but were much better against Catalan.“It was a professional trip from start to finish from the players. We trained well and you could tell in the dressing room beforehand they were ready to do something. In the end we strangled Catalan out of the game and sapped the juice from them.“We should have scored two or three more tries but when we got the opportunity we did it in style. Theo’s pass was great.“We cannot count our chickens though and will continue to work hard. The win has been coming and it has been hard fought over the last two weeks. We got what we deserved. I’d like to think we can kick on and keep on improving.”Keiron added: “We’re looking forward to the game on Friday. Warrington are a great side and will come through this tough period. All the teams that have been playing well have had their nine, six, seven and one playing for them. We haven’t but should be ok this week.“Warrington are getting theirs back and you will see the best of them in the next two or three weeks. They are building into their season and will come good.“Tony (Smith) understands the situation and has been through these tough times before. Pressure is coming from external sources but within that group they understand what they have to do to get better.“When things aren’t going right those passes don’t stick. They will eventually though but I hope it doesn’t come this Friday.“We are a good side ourselves though and will continue to work exceptionally hard. We have a long old season ahead of us.”Tickets for Friday’s game are selling well and are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.Hospitality is also available for the clash – click here to find out more information on this Friday’s superb and entertaining package!
Day 13 – Saturday October 21We started with our team review session where Derek Traynor highlighted all the good points taken from Wednesdays game; the good team plays, strong defence, and skilful tries but more importantly the lads looked at, and discussed, all areas that need to be improved before the next game.With no let-up it was straight to the city for us all so the lads that have family over here can meet up and spend the day together.The rest of the group headed over to ‘Paddy’s Market’ to look for a bargain.One particular stall must have made a tidy little profit as all the lads, and also staff, snapped up all kinds of the latest NRL training gear and playing shirts.South Sydney, Canterbury Bulldogs, Penrith Panthers, Brisbane Broncos, Wests Tigers, – shorts, vests, tops and jackets, all kinds of stuff was picked up, and that was just Shaun Ryan’s collection!After a bit of free time to do more shopping and grab some lunch it was back to the bus to meet the rest of the lads as they returned from their day with family and then head off the Erskineville Oval once again for today’s training session.The lads have certainly adapted to our surroundings and training in the sunshine was good. The captain’s run session went with very few errors and everyone is now ready for tomorrow’s match at South Sydney Rabbitohs.After training we headed over to the Souths Juniors Leagues club for dinner.It’s been a while since we have heard any of the usual classic comments from the boys but a conversation between Jake Wingfield and Jamie Little had to be heard to be believed.When discussing the lights in the league club restaurant (five red rings all grouped together ) Jake asked “Why do they have the Olympic Rings on the ceiling here?”One or two of the lads laughed but Jamie came up with a great reply by saying “They’re not Olympic Rings, they are just sponsored by Audi.”Both lads were bitterly disappointed to find out that they were simply just lights.Back to base soon after for an early night as we now focus our attention to tomorrow’s match and hope to match our previous two performances to go three wins from three.
In front of a large crowd close to 750, the Saints started the brightest putting the Rhino’s under pressure. A penalty for a ball steal allowed Beth Stott to kick the Saints into Rhinos territory, but a Zoe Harris knock on relieved the pressure.The Rhinos went down field and on the last Rebecca Avenell allowed a high ball to bounce, but watched it run dead in goal. She raced back to the 20 metre line to restart but was blatantly tackled in doing so.The game continued to be nip and tuck, but the heavier Saints tackling was producing numerous errors from the Rhinos. A quick play the ball from Sarah Lovejoy allowed Jodi Cunningham to jump out of dummy half running to the right corner. On the last a Harris chip was easily dealt with when a grubber may have yielded a repeat set.But coming up to quarter time the Saints took the lead through skipper Cunningham. A penalty for a head high tackle was dispatched to touch by Stott. From the tap Claire Mullaney charged deep into the Rhinos defensive line, but crucially played the ball quickly from which Cunningham darted over the line. Stott converted and the Saints were six to the good.Poor handling continued to give the Rhinos good field position, but the vastly improved Saints defensive unit easily kept them at bay. On 25 minutes the Saints were denied a try as a Lovejoy offload destined for the barnstorming Mullaney close to the line was tapped back by a Rhino and the chance was lost.Five minutes later and Stott increased the lead to eight with a penalty for ball stealing as Mullaney was again denied a score this time illegally over the line.Unfortunately a last tackle grubber was fumbled by Rebecca Rotherham and three tackles later the Rhinos prop, Shannon Lacey to score down the left.The Saints started the second half with renewed purpose and took the game to the Rhinos. Stott knocked on with the line at her mercy after Mullaney was stopped short.The Saints were on top now with the visitors gasping for breath and struggling to contain the running threat of Emily Rudge down the left channel. She was stopped short and in an effort to slow the Saints down the Rhinos flopped on in the tackle resulting in a sin-binning. Stott converted the penalty to push the gap out to six again.The Saints were rampant now, but just lacked a little patience and finesse to put the finishing touch to their pressure. A Channy Crowl run down the left ended with a Beth Stott pass to touch looking for Leah Burke on the wing.Three penalties on the spin saw the Saints camped on the Leeds line. In hindsight a penalty giving a two score lead may just have taken the wind out of the tiring visitor’s sails, but you can’t blame the Saints in going for the kill and running it. Unfortunately the pass from Cunningham to Darcy Stott to go in under the posts was slightly behind and was put down.The turning point came minutes later as Vicky Whitfield offloaded to a Rhino after another bullocking run. They gleefully accepted the gift and five tackle later levelled the scores with a grubbered try in the corner and a touchline conversion.After being in charge for so long the Saints could have been forgiven for letting their heads drop, but they didn’t again driving deep into the Rhinos half.With 7 minutes to go on the last Beth Stott tried a speculative drop goal but without really setting herself the ball skewed wide towards the corner.Great reactions from the Burke sisters tackled the winger on her line, but from the play the ball the gap left down the wing was cruelly, but expertly exploited by the Rhinos full back who jinked her way through then beat Rotherham on a 90 metre run to the line.Try as they might, and another 30 metre Rudge run saw her again stopped short, the Saints just couldn’t get over the line and the whistle blew.Scoreboards don’t lie, but the Saints deserved more from this game after dominating for large periods.St Helens Women’s Team: Rebecca Rotherham; Rebecca Avenell, Naomi Williams, Rhianna Burke, Leah Burke; Zoe Harris, Beth Stott; Sarah Lovejoy, Jodie Cunningham (C), Dawn Taylor, Emily Rudge, Pip Birchall, Channy Crowl.Interchanges: Danni Bush, Darcy Stott, Vicky Whitfield, Claire Mullaney.Tries: Jodie Cunningham (9). Goals: Beth Stott 3 from 3.Leeds Rhinos Women’s Team: Caitlin Beevers; Fran Goldthorpe, Sophie Robinson, Chloe Kerrigan, Sophie Nuttall; Hannah Butcher, Courtney Hill; Amy Johnson, Tasha Gaines, Shannon Lacey, Charlotte Booth, Elle Frain, Aimee Staveley.Interchanges: Danika Prum, Danielle Anderson, Ellie Oldroyd, Keara Bennett.Tries: Shannon Lacey (33), Fran Goldthorpe (68), Caitlin Beevers (73). Goals: Courtney Hill 2 from 3.Half Time: 8-4Full Time: Saints 10-16