Burns: We can do better

St Helens star Travis Burns will return from a one-match suspension when the side travels to Widnes Vikings on Friday.

Sitting second in the league and unbeaten in their opening four games, St Helens have started the season well, but Burns knows they can do better, especially after a hard-fought 16-20 win at Wakefield last time out.

“We aren’t playing our best but considering we are the second best attacking side and by far and away the best defensive side and are not playing our best footy, then the signs are good going forward,” Burns told the club website.

“To go and win at Wakefield which hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for us in the past was great; especially in those circumstances. There were a million excuses for us to walk off a beaten side but we got the two points and that is what we do at this club. We go into every game expecting to win.

“Widnes have quality players, good forwards, a good full back and a good half in Kevin Brown. We will have to be on our game and go in with the right attitude so we can come away with the win.

“Every minute does matter and if you’re not on your game you will get beat. We will do everything we can to be ready to face a fierce Widnes team.”

The trip to the Select Security Stadium will also be a memorable one for hooker James Roby, who is set to make his 350th career appearance. He has played 316 games for St Helens, seven for Great Britain and 26 for England.

St Helens’ 19-man squad to face Widnes: Tommy Makinson, Jordan Turner, Josh Jones, Adam Swift, Travis Burns, Mose Masoe, James Roby, Atelea Vea, Jon Wilkin, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Alex Walmsley, Lance Hohaia, Luke Thompson, Greg Richards, Paul Wellens, Joe Greenwood, Matty Dawson, Jordan Hand, Andre Savelio.