MARK Flanagan has put a nightmare 2013 behind him

first_imgMARK Flanagan has put a nightmare 2013 behind him to enjoy his best run of form at the Saints to date.The former Wests forward has appeared in the last three games for the club – all of them victorious – after an injury ravaged season.“There’s a good vibe in the camp at the minute and eight from eight is a great start,” he said. “We haven’t started well over the last couple of years. We got the result we needed at the weekend but we didn’t play well and it has given us a kick up the backside.“The last five minutes of that game – and it wasn’t clear cut to me that it was a drop goal – showed the character in the side. We threw bodies in front of it to make sure we stayed in the game. Then on our drive we had a tap on the 20, went 60 metres in four tackles and Walsh did the rest. It showed the will to win we have in the squad this year.“The win over Leeds showed that too. It was probably the best game I have been involved in. To have those odds against us and to do such a great job was special. The younger players did great but the silverbacks like Paul Wellens rolled back the years.“His leadership qualities cannot be ignored; he is such a great player for what he brings to this team. He is a leader and someone we look up to. His performance against Leeds typified that. It is good to have that culture at Saints and it stems from years back.“We’re happy at the moment but we have a tough period coming up.”Flash snapped his cruciate last season which forced him to undergo a long rehab programme – and miss most of the 2013 season.“Last year was a nightmare for me and it was about this time when I tore the cruciate in my knee,” he continued. “I’m feeling great now and it’s good to be back out there. I had a good pre-season and I need to thank the medical team here – Joey Hayes and Nathan Mill – because they were great with me and put in a lot of hours to get me back.“I’m pleased with my form and in the last three games I’ve played every minute and we’ve won every game! No seriously, I am happy but there is always room for improvement.“One of the reasons we have performed well is because of the competition in the squad. We had a lot of players in pre-season training and competing for spots. People have to play well to stay in the team. I have full confidence in my ability to stay in the team but I know it isn’t going to be easy.”last_img read more

FOLLOWING the successful 2015 Academy Tour Saints

first_imgFOLLOWING the successful 2015 Academy Tour Saints are pleased to announce the signing of second row forward Alex Eckley.A Pilkington Recs junior and Rainford High pupil, he has progressed through the Club’s scholarship programme and will join up with the Under 19s squad for preseason training next week.“Alex has made some fantastic developments in the last eight months,” Academy head coach Derek Traynor said. “His attitude and thirst for learning saw him attack pre-tour training with such determination that he made all the staff sit up and take notice.“This attitude saw him earn selection in the starting 13 for the first tour game, which was an amazing achievement for the youngest player who only turned 16 right at the end of August.Throughout the tour Alex was an impressive character and he is well placed to continue his development at the next intense level of under 19s rugby.“His contract is fully justified and a good reflection of the hard work his coaches on scholarship and at Pilks.”last_img read more

SquadBoth sides have named their 19man squad wit

first_imgSquad:Both sides have named their 19-man squad with Danny Richardson coming in for Dominique Peyroux. Read more here. 2017 Meeting:St Helens 14, Huddersfield 14 (SLR8, 7/4/17)Super League Summary:Huddersfield won 10 St Helens won 33 (includes wins in 2009 and 2010 play-offs) 1 drawHighs and Lows:Huddersfield highest score: 48-20 (MW, 2016) (Widest margin: 40-4, A, 2013) St Helens highest score: 68-18 (H, 1998) (Widest margin: 68-18, H, 1998; 54-4, H, 2007)Head to Head Season Stats:SaintsHuddersfieldTries6168Goals4953Metres21,55421,265Breaks8381Tackles5,7275,679Penalties130128Career Milestones:Jonny Lomax needs one appearance to reach 150 for his career. He has played 145 games for St Helens since 2009, to go with 4 appearances for England (2016).James Roby needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns. He has touched down 91 times for St Helens since 2004, to go with 7 tries for England (2008-2013 & 2015) and 1 for Great Britain (2006-2007).Try-Scoring Runs:Jake Mamo (1-1-4) and Jermaine McGillvary (1-2-2) and St Helens’ Mark Percival (2-1-1) have all scored tries in their sides’ last three games.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 30 2 Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 18 3 Albert Kelly (Hull FC) 17 4 = Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity) 15 6 Joel Moon (Leeds Rhinos) 13 7 = Jake Mamo (Huddersfield Giants), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves) 12Goals: 1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 80 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 64 3 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 56 4 Mark Percival (St Helens) 44 5 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 43 6 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 42 7 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 41 8 Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils) 37 9 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 36 10 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 35Goals Percentage: 1 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 100.00 (10/10) 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 90.14 (64/71) 3 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 87.50 (56/64) 4 Martyn Ridyard (Huddersfield Giants/Leigh Centurions) 85.00 (17/20) 5 Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers) 83.33 (10/12) 6 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 82.35 (14/17) 7 Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 80.39 (41/51) 8 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 79.24 (42/53) 9 Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils) 78.72 (37/47) 10 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 76.92 (80/104)Points: 1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 207 2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 141 3 Mark Percival (St Helens) 128 4 = Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers), Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 120 6 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 107 7 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 96 8 = Michael Dobson (Salford Red Devils), Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions) 94 10 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 88last_img read more