KIERON Purtill says Saints showed “resilience” to come through their match with Bradford Bulls on Friday night.He was referring to the resolute performance when down to 11 men and reckons it shows the Club’s continuing progression over the last couple of weeks.“We’re pleased,” Saints’ Assistant Coach said. “We came out the back of a tough game with two points and had to hang in there when we were down on numbers.“It showed resilience and, I suppose, removes that hoodoo about winning here [at the Stobart Stadium].“The press will have to find something else to write about now, but yeah, it gets it out of the way!”He continued: “Our half backs showed their increasing maturity too. They are getting better with every match as they gain the experience. It will stand the Club in good stead for the future.“Jonny Lomax showed maturity with the ball and his pass selection. He has been used as a utility player so is still learning the half back role and he’ll get better.“But as well as the younger lads who are getting the plaudits – the senior players have stood up too. Wello [Paul Wellens] is like a vintage wine, he keeps getting better and is leading by example.”Saints lost two players at the back end of the game to sinbinnings and Purtill admits whilst the team coped well when Sia Soliola and Michael Shenton were off the field, there needs to be some consistency with the decisions.“We’re still trying to work out why they were sinbinned and Royce [Simmons] didn’t want to come into this conference and perhaps say something he would regret.“If that’s what we’re doing this season there needs to be come consistency because we don’t want to end up like Rugby Union when we are stopping the game every two minutes. We need to make sure the game runs.”Francis Meli tweaked his hamstring in the game and his injury will be assessed over the next couple of days.
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SAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League Round Three clash with Castleford Tigers.Lance Hohaia, Greg Richards and Matty Dawson are added to the ’19’ with Jordan Turner, Paul Wellens and Andre Savelio missing out.Keiron Cunningham will choose from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Travis Burns, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Lance Hohaia, 17. Mark Percival, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards, 21. Joe Greenwood, 22. Matty Dawson.Daryl Powell will select his Castleford side from:4. Michael Shenton, 5. Justin Carney, 6. Ben Roberts, 7. Luke Gale, 8. Andy Lynch, 9. Adam Milner, 10. Grant Millington, 11. Oliver Holmes, 12. Matt Cook, 13. Nathan Massey, 15. Ryan Boyle, 16. Junior Moors, 17. Scott Moore, 19. Scott Wheeldon, 20. Denny Solomona, 21. Liam Finn, 22. Jordan Tansey, 23. Michael Channing, 24. Mike McMeeken.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be Richard Silverwood.For ticket details please click here.
DAY 18 – We were out this morning for the bus ride west to Katoomba and the scenic world tourist attraction within the Blue Mountains region, writes Ian Talbot.The lads had some photographs taken in front of the ‘Three Sisters’, a historical aboriginal landmark, before taking the scenic railway down to the foot of the rainforest.The scenic railway is the steepest passenger train in the world and had Josh Eaves worried.The scenic walkway amongst the ancient temperate rain forest showed some of the history of mining in the area and sights of some local wildlife, which again drew some memorable comments… Jack Unsworth saying “Is that bird a monkey?” and Cameron Brown and Kieron O’Mara asking if Jurassic Park is a place that they can visit.But more notably Eric Frodsham asking if the guide would be able to show us parts of the rainforest that haven’t been discovered yet.After a brief stop at our home it was on to St Mary’s for our final training session of the tour – the Captain’s Run session before tomorrow’s final game against Penrith.This game has historically been the highlight of the tour and tomorrow will be no different.Training went well; a feeling of nervous excitement could be sensed as the lads know they will have to perform at their best if they want to achieve the goal of remaining unbeaten.Dinner was once again at the favourite St Mary’s Leagues Club and their all you can eat buffet.The food throughout the tour has been plentiful and exceptional but this is the only place in this city that can meet the demands of Cameron Brown’s appetite.We’ve had some lads on all of the tours that like to eat but Cameron takes it to another level.Matty Costello made the comment of the evening when discussing the pudding options. A couple were saying how good the bread and butter pudding was, to which Cozzy said, “I’ve always thought that bread and butter pudding is apple crumble covered in cream!”With the big game looming it was back home and in bed for an early night.
“I am happy with the two points, it was an important win for us,” he said. “I think we dominated for large periods; Hull are a good side and somehow stayed in the game. I thought we created some good chances in that first half and fell just short a few times.“Then, we were in control for a fair bit of the second half and they hung on in there again, to their credit, so I am really happy with everybody tonight.“It is important to win those games. We cannot afford to miss those opportunities in games but it is great that we are creating them. There is some confidence we can take from that as we know if we finish those off we can put ourselves in good positions at the end of games“In the end, it is the win that counts and we got that.”He continued: “Percy’s (Mark Percival) finish was unbelievable. He is a classy player and we missed him last week. It is great to have him back. He produces some of those freakish things and it is great he could do it again tonight for us.“I thought the game got ruined by the conditions a little bit, but you have to be able to handle that and I thought both teams did as well as they could. Defence forced a number of errors too so for Percy to do that in those conditions made it extra special.“I was happy with Danny. I like the way he has played in the Reserves and he ran well at Champ level last weekend. He has all the gifts you want in a half. He did a good job tonight alongside Theo Fages.“We needed Theo to play a little more for us, take on more responsibility and he did. His little bit of class helped us.“But you have to give credit to Hull. They jagged a try and then kicked a 40:20 – but we were good enough to hold them out and get the win.“It was an important game for us and we put in a good performance. We competed until the end and got the win we needed.”
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Joe suffered serious head injuries and has been hospitalised.We understand GM Police are investigating the matter and therefore we cannot make any further comment at this time.Joe is of impeccable character and is an upstanding member of our Academy system. He represented Lancashire Schoolboys against Australian Schoolboys with distinction on Saturday and was hoping to represent England next weekend.He is a top academic achiever with a very bright future ahead of him alongside his rugby league prowess.Our welfare team are now in contact with Joe’s family and we will offer any assistance we can at this distressing time.Understandably, our thoughts are now with Joe and his family.