FOR the second time in three years Recs booked their place in the Fourth Round of the Challenge Cup with a comfortable 32-16 win over Cumbrian outfit Millom.
Saints' defensive resolve delivers the goods at Huddersfield to send travelling army home cold, but content
IT wasn’t pretty at times, and the 80 minutes were punctuated by penalties and errors, but Saints’ defensive resolve ensured they continued their perfect start to the 2018 campaign.
SAINTS boss Justin Holbrook was pleased to see his side get the 26-12 win over Huddersfield – but admitted that they had been off with the ball.
SAINTS maintain their unbeaten start to the 2018 Super League season. T hey defeated Huddersfield Giants 26-12 on a bitterly cold night at the John Smiths Stadium. Jon Wilkin opened the scoring for Saints when he drove over from close range, but Danny Brough cancelled that out in a scrappy first half. Saints sneaked into the lead again just before the break when James Roby crossed from dummy half to make it 14-8 at the interval. Saints kept chipping away in the second half without really hitting full throttle with tries from Zeb Taia and Mark Percival, both courtesy of Jonny Lomax, giving them a winning lead. Oliver Roberts pegged one back for the hosts, but Saints were not letting this one slip away. A large and vocal Saints contingent bolstered the 5,915 gate in Yorkshire.
MICHAEL Smith moved clear at the top of the Unibet Premier League table after beating Simon Whitlock 7-3 on a record-breaking night at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, where Mensur Suljovic, Michael van Gerwen and Rob Cross also pick up victories.
JONNY Lomax has relished his return to the halves, and so far this season has been utilising the skillset he originally showed when he first broke into the side as a teenager.
SAINTS travel to Huddersfield tomorrow night looking to maintain their perfect start to the season.
CRAIG Winstanley will be rubbing shoulders with some of the sport’s elite after being a surprise qualifier for the 2018 Coral UK Open — the so called FA Cup of darts.
SOMETHING has to give tonight in Berlin when St Helens' Michael Smith takes on Australian Simon Whitlock in the top of the table clash.
PILKINGTON Recs entertain Millom in the Challenge Cup third round on Saturday (2.30pm).
SAINTS have had their Easter weekend kick off times confirmed with Sky releasing details of the games they are covering.
SAINTS face a trio of old boys in Friday night’s Super League round three clash at Huddersfield. The Giants, who have had a mixed start to the campaign with a win and one loss, feature former Saints Paul Clough, Lee Gaskell and Jordan Turner in their ranks. Although they will have a degree of extra motivation, Huddersfield have threat across the park and it has proved a tricky game over the years. Coach Justin Holbrook said: “Huddersfield will have been disappointed with round one, but they bounced back pretty strongly at home to Warrington. “They will be strong on Friday and so we will need to be ready to go. “They have experienced guys in there – with Ryan Hinchcliffe and Danny Brough playing long enough – they are the keys of that team. “They have some strong carriers of the ball too – Jermaine McGilvary will be back and Sebastine Ikihihifo and Ukuma Tai’ai carry strong. “Danny Brough has a good kicking game – it makes them a well-organised team, but we’ll be right. “It is an area where we have to be strong.” Saints 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 23. Ben Barba.
SAINTS boss Justin Holbrook has been left with a tough selection headache ahead of Friday’s trip to Huddersfield (7.45pm) - but that is good news.
SAINTS will be hosting another of their popular forum events on Wednesday February 28.
SAINTS historian Alex Service has written a heartfelt tribute to former skipper Geoff Pimblett who passed away on Monday after a short illness at the age of 73.
SAINTS former captain Geoff Pimblett has died aged 73.
SAINTS skipper James Roby has welcomed the decision to give England boss Wayne Bennett a new two-year contract.
SAINTS fans came out in numbers to the club's open training morning on Friday.
FOLLOWING what was a great week for St. Helens Sutton A.C. last week, the top class performances continued, first off was a fantastic run at the Charles Darwin Day Marathon, by Sutton’s distance queen, Collette Flaherty, who not only ran a new PB of 4:06.16 but was also first lady home.
Owen Farnworth, a 13-year-old budding sports journlist, analyses Saints' form at the start of Betfred Super League 2018