Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Rugby League News

St Helens

Debate: Does Tom Makinson deserve an England call-up?

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Joe Whitley (JW): Despite being on the losing side today, Tommy Makinson had another superb game, scoring his 10th and 11th tries of the season. There are calls for him to represent England in the near future. What do you think? Aaron Bower (AB): I certainly think so. It’s a shame England don’t really have any fixtures to speak of ... Read More »

Full-time report: St Helens 14-33 Wigan Warriors

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In a nutshell St Helens’ unbeaten record was brought to an end in front of a sell-out crowd at Langtree Park, thanks to a polished all-round display from Wigan Warriors, who had just 14 fit players when the final whistle sounded. How it unfolded 1’ – Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook knocks on with the game’s first carry, thanks to an Iain Thornley ... Read More »

First-half report: St Helens 14-20 Wigan Warriors

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How it unfolded 1’ – Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook knocks on with the game’s first carry, thanks to an Iain Thornley tackle. Wigan get the head and feed. 2’ – Wigan get consecutive sets thanks to a Lance Hohaia touch that brings the tackle count back to zero. Sean O’Loughlin forces his way over from dummy half. Matty Smith lands the conversion: ... Read More »

Match preview: St Helens v Wigan

A snapshot from last year's Saints v Wigan clash. ©RLPhotos

It is top of the table versus last year’s champions this lunchtime, as St Helens face Wigan in a colossal derby clash at Langtree Park. With the ground expected to be filled to capacity, it promises to be a special atmosphere as two of the best sides in Super League lock horns in a mouthwatering clash. However, the home side’s ... Read More »

Hohaia credits Walsh arrival for improvement

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St Helens stand-off Lance Hohaia has credited the arrival of Luke Walsh as one of the reasons he is currently playing some of the best rugby of his Super League career. The 31-year-old New Zealander has put in some impressive performances in recent weeks and knows that the stability the squad has in key areas, now that his halfback partner ... Read More »

Hohaia hails eye-opening comebacks

Lance Hohaia. ©RLPhotos

St Helens stand-off Lance Hohaia claims his side’s late comeback victories against Huddersfield and Castleford in the last two weeks has given them the “kick up the backside” they need ahead of Friday’s derby with Wigan Warriors. The 31-year-old, who won the World Cup with New Zealand in 2008, said: “We’ve not been at our best in the last couple ... Read More »

Key Saints duo set for lengthy lay-offs

Anthony Laffranchi. ©RLPhotos

St Helens forwards Willie Manu and Anthony Laffranchi are set to spend weeks on the sidelines after picking up injuries in their side’s dramatic win over Castleford on Friday. Manu, an eleven-time Tongan international, has both fractured and dislocated his thumb and will be out for six to eight weeks, while Laffranchi, who has five caps for Australia, has an ... Read More »

NRL clubs swoop for Sia Soliola

Soliola signed for Saints from Sydney Roosters. ©Action

St Helens coach Nathan Brown claims Sia Soliola has received a great deal of NRL interest since announcing his intention to leave Langtree Park at the end of the season. The 27-year-old Samoa captain cited ‘family reasons’ for his return home, and Brown says the phone from ‘down under’ has been ringing off the hook. He said: “Sia has made ... Read More »

Match Report: Castleford Tigers 28-30 St Helens

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In a nutshell St Helens recovered from an 18-0 first-half deficit to retain their unbeaten record wit a late 28-30 victory. How it unfolded The Tigers shot into an early lead with tries from Jake Webster, Michael Shenton and Grant Millington, all of them goaled by Marc Sneyd. St Helens finally got into the game when Sia Soliola touched down ... Read More »