MARTIN Murray will discuss the defence of his WBA interim middleweight title against Australia’s Garth Wood in an open press conference at Langtree Park this Wednesday.The Saints fan will take on his challenger at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney on December 11.The conference gets underway at 12pm and in attendance with Martin will be Ricky Hatton, Richard Poxon and Andrew Mikhail (Martin’s adviser).Martin has extended the press conference invite to all his fans.
CARL Forster has joined London Broncos on loan for the next month.The 21-year-old prop forward has played four times for the club whilst also spending time dual registered with Swinton and Rochdale.“Although Carl is in the early stages of his career, he has had a good pre-season and has shown a lot of potential,” Saints CEO Mike Rush said. “It’s clear he needs to be playing week in week out at the highest level and going on loan to London will give him that chance.”Saints will also have several players ‘dual-registered’ this weekend and these will be announced shortly.
SAINTS were taught a harsh lesson in Catalan as the Dragons handed them a 42-0 loss.They were comprehensively second best all over the park and despite remaining top of the Super League table have a lot of soul-searching to do ahead of next weekend’s clash with Castleford.Their hosts ran in eight tries and to be fair it could have been a lot more as Saints wilted in the blistering heat.Catalans were red hot from the off and would probably count themselves unlucky not to be more than 8-0 up at the break.Saints welcomed Jonny Lomax and Josh Jones back into their starting line up with Willie Manu, Alex Walmsley and Mark Percival returning on the bench but it was the Dragons who looked more cohesive.Nathan Brown’s men started the game well, forcing a knock on but Matty Dawson was bundled into touch from the scrum.Luke Walsh then put pressure on Daryl Millard but he took a high ball very well.Two penalties handed Catalan the advantage though and a high Thomas Bosc kick was collected by Vincent Duport after Tommy Makinson lost the flight of the ball.Bosc wide with the extras.Saints gained a set straight from the re-start as they were fortunately given the ball from a knock on from Olivier Elima that never was.But Paul Wellens’ pass to Makinson – who then put down in the corner – was called forward.. and that was harsh too.Saints looked to be working their way into the game but failed to heed to the warning signs that later became klaxons.Louis Anderson looked to have put down after taking a suspiciously forward pass – but it was denied by the video referee – and then Walsh and Turner combined to keep Morgan Escaré out.Indeed, Saints thought they’d scored when Josh Jones took advantage of a bouncing ball with five minutes to go – but it was denied by the video referee because of a push from the centre.But seconds later another Dragons’ kick to the corner was collected by Michael Oldfield for 8-0 at half time.It was a scoreline that Brown would, on the balance, have been happy with – but the second half was anything but pleasing.For 15 minutes they had a pop at the Catalan line but another kick wasn’t dealt with and Duport collected a bouncing ball to go under the posts.Bosc making it 14-0 with the boot.Ian Henderson bulldozed over on 60 minutes to increase the pain before Pelissier fed Bosc for Catalan’s fifth.Oldfield notched his second; Millard compounded the horror show with another and then the winger’s brace became three – Oldfield getting his hat-trick at the death.Before that final act Alex Walmsley and Eloi Pelissier had a bit of biff under the posts and were given ten minutes to think about what they’d done.Saints stay top – but that is no consolation to the fans who travelled out to Perpignan.As it happened Match Centre.Match Summary:Dragons: Tries: Duport (2), Oldfield (3), Henderson, Bosc, MillardGoals: Bosc (5 from 8)Saints: Tries: Goals: Penalties: Dragons: 10Saints: 3HT: 0-8FT: 0-42REF: James ChildATT: 9,864Teams:Dragons:2. Morgan Escaré; 5. Michael Oldfield, 4. Ben Pomeroy, 25. Vincent Duport, 18. Daryl Millard; 3. Leon Pryce, 6. Thomas Bosc; 8. Olivier Elima, 16. Eloi Pelissier, 10. Jeff Lima, 17. Elliott Whitehead, 11. Zeb Taia, 24. Jason Baitieri.Subs: 9. Ian Henderson, 12. Louis Anderson, 23. Lopini Paea, 29. Benjamin Garcia.Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 26. Matty Dawson; 24. Gary Wheeler, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 15. Mark Flanagan, 17. Paul Wellens.Subs: 13. Willie Manu, 18. Alex Walmsley, 22. Mark Percival, 28. Luke Thompson.
Over 11,200 fans packed into the Totally Wicked Stadium throughout the afternoon and a good sized crowd had stayed behind after the excellent performance by the men’s first team to watch our Women.And Saints superior speed and class was evident from the off as Jodie Cunningham again underlined her stature scoring the first of her hat-trick after only 80 seconds.Rovers knocked on from the kick off and three tackles later found themselves standing watching as Cunningham dummied to her winger as she strolled over on the right.A simple trademark jump out of dummy half saw Tara Jones in at the side of the posts for the second try.Great interpassing down the right saw Naomi Williams in for her first as she started and finished a 70 metre move down the right taking the final pass from Cunningham to go over.Saints continued their point a minute scoring with Cunningham’s second after a fine 90 metre burst from Williams who was caught inches short.To their credit, Rovers responded and were back in it after two quick tries from Zoe Teece and Grace Hepton.Thankfully from the kick off for the second the visitors knocked on and three tackles later Cunningham completed her first half hat-trick.Rovers managed to hold the Saints out for the opening 10 minutes of the second period, but after Emily Rudge scored her first, taking the inside pass from another Cunningham break, the writing was on the wall.Another jump out of dummy half by Jones saw her go 20 metres before passing inside for Zoe Harris to do the final 30.A penalty and two fine Lizzie Gladman drives saw her stopped just short, but from the play the ball Gaskin and Cunningham put Rudge away for her brace.The watching Saints fans were then treated to two great Saints tries finished off by left wing Leah Burke.The first came after another trademark Vicky Whitfield drive dragging one defender fully 20 metres with her. The ball was spread left for Beth Stott to show that she is finding her League feet as she dummied her way to the full back before setting Burke away out pacing the cover and strolling behind the posts.Five minutes later and Stott was at it again down the left this time finding Williams inside who set Burke free to go the final 40 metres to cap a fine 70 metre move.Rovers got a consolation score through Katherine Hepworth, but Williams rounded off Saints win with an eleventh and final try in the corner after Burke and Sarah Lovejoy drives.St Helens Women’s:Team: Jodie Cunningham; Rebecca Avenell, Naomi Williams, Beth Stott, Leah Burke; Zoe Harris, Faye Gaskin, Vicky Whitfield, Tara Jones, Dawn Akrigg, Pip Birchall, Katie-May Williams, Emily Rudge.Interchanges: Rhianna Burke, Lizzie Gladman, Sarah Lovejoy, Claire Mullaney.Tries: Jodie Cunningham (1, 23 & 36), Tara Jones (9) Naomi Williams (15 & 75), Emily Rudge (48 & 58), Zoe Harris (55), Leah Burke (61 & 65).Goals: Faye Gaskin 5 from 11 .Featherstone Rovers Women’s Team: Grace Hepton; Kayleigh Bulman, Tilly Churm, Shannelle Mannion, Chloe Reynolds; Katherine Hepworth, Chelsea Senior; Brogan Churm, Kelly Smith, Zoe Teece, Jessica Hammond, Natalie Harrowell, Andrea Dobson.Interchanges: Charley Blackburn, Stephanie Grenham, Paige Stevens, Grace Dyke.Tries: Zoe Teece (26), Grace Hepton (33), Katherine Hepworth (72).Goals: Katherine Hepworth 2 from 3.HT: 24-10FT: 54-16