SAINTS have called up Carl Forster and Danny Jones into the 19-man squad for Friday’s match with Salford City Reds.Both are forwards and join the returning James Graham and Tommy Makinson for the visit of Matt Parish’s side.Jon Wilkin is suspended whilst Ade Gardner, Kyle Eastmond, Josh Perry, Tony Puletua, Chris Flannery and Shaun Magennis are out injured.Gary Wheeler is likely to play in the under 20s match as he continues his return from a shoulder injury.Therefore, the squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Leon Pryce, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16. Paul Clough, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 22. Jamie Foster, 25. Lee Gaskell, 26. Carl Forster, 28. Tom Makinson, 29. Scott Hale, 35. Danny Jones.Matt Parish, Salford’s Head Coach, will choose from:1. Luke Patten, 2. Jodie Broughton, 3. Mark Henry, 5. Ashley Gibson, 6. Stefan Ratchford, 7. Daniel Holdsworth, 8. Ray Cashmere, 9. Wayne Godwin, 10. Lee Jewitt, 11. Vinnie Anderson, 13. Stephen Wild, 14. Matty Smith, 15. Luke Adamson, 17. Iafeta Paleaaesina, 18. Adam Sidlow, 19. Ryan Boyle, 20. Sean Gleeson, 22. Adam Neal, 30. Danny Williams.The match kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Phil Bentham.Tickets are available from the Saints Superstore, by calling 01744 455052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comIf you can’t make the match it will be covered extensively in the Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Facebook sites.Stats:Salford are seeking their first away win against St Helens for over thirty years – and the first in the summer era – having previously lost all fifteen matches at Knowsley Road since 1997.Salford last won at St Helens on 12 January, 1980 (18-17). The Saints have won 26 consecutive home meetings since then.Ashley Gibson has scored tries in each of Salford’s last three meetings with St Helens as follows: 2-1-1.2011 Meeting:Salford 22, St Helens 56 (SLR2, 18/2/11)Super League Summary:St Helens won 24Salford won 4St Helens highest score: 66-16 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 58-4, A, 2000)Salford highest score: 42-34 (H, 2010) (Widest margin: 39-26, H, 1997)
The U19s ended their regular season in disappointing fashion losing 30-22 at home to Warrington after throwing away a 12 point lead in a dismal second half performance, writes Graham Henthorne.Everything had started extremely well with Lewis Galbraith scoring after only 90 seconds. The Wolves knocked on bringing the ball away from their line and four tackles later the winger was gathering a deft grubber from Dom Speakman and walking the tightrope in the in-goal area to improve the position.Five minutes later and Chris Webster was charging over the line under the sticks unopposed to increase the lead. His try came courtesy of a fabulous 40/20 from the departing Danny Yates playing his last game before joining UTC in Southern France, and a superb miss pass from Speakman.The Saints were dominant at this point but the visitors showed a glimpse of what was to come as they scored in their first time in the Saints half.Adam Saunders reinstated the 12 point lead at quarter time as he popped up at just the right time to take Connor Dwyer’s great offload to score.The Saints had largely controlled matters but hadn’t made the advantage count on the scoreboard.This came back to haunt them as the Wolves took advantage of a mounting penalty count to score courtesy of a dubious try from a high kick which appeared to have been knocked into Ben Parry by the scorer.The goal was missed but the Wolves bombed a certain try just before the break as the final pass drifted forward. The visitors started the second half in the same way the Saints had started the first scoring twice in quick succession to take the lead.The Saints were struggling for direction but almost drew level on the hour as Ben Parry was pushed into touch just inches from the line.The game was still in the balance as it entered the final 15 minutes. Dom Speakman made a great break arcing his way through the line to the full back, but with Yates in support inside his inside ball hit the deck and the chance was lost.Two Wolves tries took the game away from the Saints and a late Joe Ryan effort was scant consolation.The quartet of Greg Richards, Chris Webster, Connor Dwyer and James Tilley tried hard but in truth there was little to write home about.After the opening 15 – 20 minutes the Saints never really looked at the races and will have to drastically improve if they are to progress in the play-offs past a Hull FC side which beat them recently on Humberside. The game is at Langtree Park next Saturday with a 12 noon kick off.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Adam Saunders, Lewis Galbraith, Chris Webster, Joe Ryan.Goals: Lewis Charnock 3.Warrington:Tries: Scott Turner 2, Toby King, Declan Patton, Daniel Murray, Joe Philbin.Goals: Scott Turner 3.Half Time: 18-10Full Time: 22-30Saints:20. Adam Saunders; 2. Lewis Galbraith, 4. Jack Ashworth, 3. Matty Fleming, 5. Ben Parry; 6. Lewis Charnock, 7. Danny Yates; 8. Greg Richards, 9. Dom Speakman, 10. Chris Webster, 11. Olly Davies, 12. Connor Dwyer, 13. James Tilley.Subs: 14. Matty Fozard, 15. Alex Clare, 17. Joe Ryan, 21. Adam Hesketh.Warrington:32. James Saltonstall; 57. Scott Turner, 52. Will Milner, 49. Toby King, 42. Jake Eccleston; 65. Louis Jouffret, 54. Declan Patton; 33. Gavin Bennion, 61. Andy Ackers, 53. Daniel Murray, 64. Jacque Peet, 55. Joe Philbin, 51. Ryan Maneely.Subs: 47. Robert Holroyd, 56. Sean Kenny, 58. Tom Walker, 60. Sam Wilde.
It is hardly the life of Riley – a fun runner having to go through the pain barrier every few weeks as part of a non-stop charity challenge.But BBC Five live sports reporter George Riley is prepared to put in the hard yards and go that extra distance in memory of Rugby League player Steve Prescott.George has pledged to run more than 100 race miles during the year for the Foundation which bears the name of his close friend who died last November, aged 39, after battling stomach cancer, seven years after he was given just months to live.George (35) has already beaten his initial target of raising £5,000 well before he undertakes the Bupa Great Manchester Run on Sunday, May 18, as part of his series.He said: “It’s not the first challenge I’ve undertaken for Steve but it’s the biggest and the first I’ve not been able to talk to him about.“He was an exceptional player, astonishing fundraiser, the perfect family man and a loyal friend. He’ll be missed massively but never forgotten. My challenge is about his legacy and continuing to raise funds.”Prescott, who spent much of his career with home town club St Helens, set up the Foundation after he was diagnosed, raising £500,000 for charities including The Christie in Manchester where he was treated and Try Assist, formerly the RL Benevolent Fund. He was awarded an MBE in 2009 for his fundraising efforts.His bravery has galvanised the close-knit Rugby League community and players from St Helens, Warrington, Wigan and Leeds joined forces at Old Trafford Football Ground – part of the route of the Bupa Great Manchester Run – to show their support for George’s endeavours.His 100-mile challenges include two marathons (London and Yorkshire); three half marathons (Bath, Leeds and Great North Run) and three 10ks (Manchester, Leeds and St Helens).In the Bupa Great Manchester Run he will be hoping for better luck than last year when he was ill twice during the event. George added: “Running 100 miles doesn’t sound too much but I’ve got to do about five times that in training. I’ve done the Manchester 10k twice before and it’s always a fabulous occasion.”Sia Soliola added: “It’s wonderful that all the clubs can come together and do this for Steve because he was a great man. The Steve Prescott Foundation is obviously always linked with St Helens with him being a local boy, what he’s done for the game and what he means to the town. This challenge epitomises what the Steve Prescott Foundation is all about.”
SAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Sunday’s First Utility Super League clash at Hull KR.Gary Wheeler is recalled to the roster as is forward Jordan Hand.Nathan Brown will choose from:2. Tommy Makinson 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Lance Hohaia, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 15. Mark Flanagan, 17. Paul Wellens, 18. Alex Walmsley, 22. Mark Percival (pictured), 24. Gary Wheeler, 27. Greg Richards, 28. Luke Thompson, 29. Jordan Hand.Caretaker coach Chris Chester will choose his Hull KR side from:1. Greg Eden, 3. Kris Welham, 5. David Hodgson, 6. Travis Burns, 7. Kris Keating, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. Michael Weyman, 11. Kevin Larroyer, 14. Adam Walker, 15. Graeme Horne, 16. Jason Netherton, 19. Craig Hall, 20. Jordan Cox, 21. Keal Carlile, 22. Rhys Lovegrove 23. James Green, 24. Omari Caro, 25. Aaron Ollett, 27. Sonny Esslemont.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee will be James Child.Tickets are still on same for the game from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.