There are no bad teams in Super League anymore, says Makinson

St Helens winger Tommy Makinson has insisted that there are no weak links among the 12-team Super League anymore ahead of Friday night’s clash with Wakefield. Trinity are still without a win from their opening two games of the new season – but that was exactly the position newly-promoted Leigh Centurions found themselves in before beating the Saints last weekend.…

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Leigh beat Saints for first Super League victory

Leigh Centurions are celebrating their first victory of the season with a thrilling 24-16 victory over St Helens in front of over 9,000 spectators. Leigh got off to a tremendous start, posting three converted tries in the first half by Atelea Vea, Gareth Hock and Jamie Acton, with Ben Reynolds converting all three to give the Centurions an 18-0 lead.…

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St Helens’ long-term defensive improvement is producing results, but losing Joe Greenwood could ruin it

St Helens’ opening round victory over Leeds Rhinos two weeks ago was far from the thrilling spectacle many hoped would open the Betfred Super League campaign. Nevertheless, for all of the sloppy handling errors, the disappointing execution of final plays and a fair share of unnecessary penalties, victory for Saints on that dull and damp evening was yet another example of…

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Squad Watch: All the squads for Friday’s Super League games

Wigan v Widnes (8pm, Sky Sports) World champions Wigan have named an unchanged squad for Friday’s televised clash against Widnes Vikings. Coach Shaun Wane confirmed at Tuesday’s press conference that he would bring Willie Isa into his 17 for the game, but aside from that, it seems like he will make minimal changes. Widnes are without Tom Gilmore alongside regular…

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Cunningham fearful of NRL’s spending power

Keiron Cunningham admits he would have faced a difficult decision had the cashed-up NRL come calling when he was a player. Cunningham has backed suggestions from the RFL’s Roger Draper to introduce centrally contracted players amid a growing threat from Down Under, with his backrower Joe Greenwood joining Gold Coast Titans last week. In 2001 Cunningham himself became a member…

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Cunningham praises St Helens resilience following opening-night win

St Helens coach Keiron Cunningham praised the resilience of his side following an opening-night victory against Leeds: but admitted it wasn’t pretty. The Saints overcame a 4-0 half-time deficit to win 6-4 courtesy of Theo Fages’ second-half try – which left Cunningham a happy man despite aspects of his side’s play being below-par. “It wasn’t pretty at times but we…

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Saints edge out Leeds in scrappy Super League opener

St Helens opened the campaign with a hard-fought 6-4 victory over Leeds. In what was a scrappy contest, Theo Fages’ converted try early in the second-half was ultimately the difference between the two teams after Joel Moon had given Leeds a 4-0 half-time lead. Both sides were solid defensively, but both coaches will be looking for improvement with the ball…

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