LOUIE McCarthy-Scarsbrook reckons he has never felt as fit as he begins his debut season with the Saints.Writing on his blog the former Harlequins forward said: “I played my first game in a Saints shirt against Widnes a few weeks ago and I was the fittest and fastest I’ve ever felt. It was a shame that they hadn’t managed to fit my name on the back of my shirt for it though.“I’m glad the kit man sourced letters small enough to fit by the Millennium Magic weekend, I was beginning to think it would be a biro job!”Louie is sponsored by Hattons Solicitors this season and you can read the rest of his blog here.
SAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Thursday’s First Utility Super League Round 22 clash at Warrington Wolves.Jon Wilkin is included after sitting out last week and he comes in for Mark Flanagan.Saints’ 17 will come from:3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Alex Walmsley, 17. Mark Percival, 18. Luke Thompson, 19. Greg Richards, 21. Joe Greenwood, 22. Matty Dawson, 25. Andre Savelio, 30. Matty Fleming, 37. Adam Quinlan.Tony Smith will choose his Warrington side from:1. Matthew Russell, 4. Ryan Atkins, 6. Stefan Ratchford, 7. Richie Myler, 8. Chris Hill, 9. Daryl Clark, 10. Ashton Sims, 12. Ben Westwood, 13. Ben Harrison, 15. Roy Asotasi, 17. Ben Currie, 19. Anthony England, 20. Gareth O’Brien, 22. Gene Ormsby, 23. Gary Wheeler, 24. Kevin Penny, 25. Brad Dwyer, 26. Joe Philbin, 28. Toby King.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be James Child.Ticket details for the game can be found here.
GIVEN the dawn coach journey for a noon kick off in the Capital on a Saturday this was another splendid performance from the young Saints, writes Graham Henthorne.Their hosts were fired up for playing their last game of the season and hot on the heels of their victory over the Dragons last time out.The one thing you know when you play the Broncos is that they are enthusiastic and never give up and you know you have to reduce those qualities as much as possible.Three tries in the first quarter did exactly that.A huge gale down the field saw the Saints knock on straight from the kick off but recover with fierce defence to put their hosts under pressure.Four tackles later with Matty Costello held short, quick hands from the play the ball saw Kevin brown with space to power his way over in the left corner.Minutes later and a great line from Ben Morris saw the big second row take Elliott Jenkins pass to burst through to the line.It was Morris who started the third try off with another trademark 30 metre break down the left. He passed it inside to the supporting Jenkins who went the final 30 metres. Had he had confidence in himself he would have scored but instead gave it on to the charging Alex Eckley who was caught on the line. Two tackles later and quick hands put Lewis Furlong in at the left corner.But then came that never say die enthusiasm. The Saints gave them an inch and they took it with the vastly impressive loose forward Adebiyi powering over the line.Five minutes later and the Saints were very lucky when the Broncos knocked on over the line. Six tackles later and Jenkins was restoring the lead. A grubber from Brad Billsborough rebounded into the hands of Captain Liam Cooper who reacted quickest to challenge the full back before feeding Jenkins.The Saints then seemed to find their defensive mojo as a great chase and big set of six restricted the Broncos to 20 metres forcing a shallow kick. The Saints walked up field and Brown again belied his short stature to power over.Then came the turning point. In the final minute of the half the Broncos, pressurising the Saints line grubbered on the last. Only needing to blast the ball out of the ground the Saints dithered allowing the Broncos to score going in on two scores behind.So mission enthusiasm break was the call of the day again for the start of the second half. And again that’s what they did with tries from Josh Eaves and Matty Costello on his return from Australia on Great Britain duty.Eaves finished off another Morris break whilst Costello ran strongly to ground under the sticks after a ball steal from Owen Smith had halted a promising Broncos break with a break of this own.But then came the second turning point with the sinbinning of Cooper after rather too vehemently questioning the ref over one of the Saints 14 penalties.With the Saints still reorganising Adebiyi scored his second after a good break and with winger Furlong being carried off and yet more reorganisation the Broncos closed to within 12 again barging over from close range.But with Cooper back on and back to thirteen the Saints started to exert some control again with Aaron Smith taking the second of his two opportunities to score. Having knocked on over the line minutes later he caught Billsborough’s offload off the floor to score.Fatigue and expectation could be starting to take effect on this group but it’s easy to forget how young they are when they keep on churning out performance after performance and finding ways to win week in week out.Led around superbly by Billsborough and Jenkins and behind the power running of Alex Eckley and Evan Bullen the likes of mike Weldon and Ben Morris continue to shine.Match Summary:London:Tries: Sadiq Adebiyi (23 & 57), Jordan Williams (39), Callum Bustin (64).Goals: Dan Weldon 2/2, James Meadows 2/2.Saints:Tries: Kevin Brown (6 & 33), Ben Morris (10), Lewis Furlong (19), Elliott Jenkins (28), Josh Eaves (45), Matty Costello (50), Aaron Smith (70).Goals: Brad Billsborough 5/8.Half Time: 24-12Full Time: 42-24Teams:London:1. Fred Dodd; 2. Gideon Boago, 3. Jacob Ogden, 4. Kam Pearce Paul, 5. Will Reife; 6. Dan Weldon, 7. James Meadows; 8. Lewis Bienk, 9. Matt Davis, 10. Jordan Williams, 11. Rob Butler, 12. Danny Hindmarsh, 13. Sadiq Adebiyi. Subs: 14. George Moore, 15. Callum Bustin, 16. Mitchell Stone, 17. John Sipawa.Saints:1. Kevin Brown; 2. David Eccleston, 3. Matty Costello, 4. Jordan Gibbons, 5. Lewis Furlong; 6. Elliott Jenkins, 7. Brad Billsborough; 8. Evan Bullen, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Alex Eckley, 11. Liam Cooper (C), 12. Ben Morris, 13. Mike Weldon. Subs: 14. Josh Eaves, 15. Callum Hazard, 16. Owen Smith, 17. Jorge Lewtas.
Under the watchful eyes of player mentor Eric Chisnall and Academy coach Ste Marsh the players were taken through series of exercises that looked to develop their teamwork skills through effective listening and communication techniques.“The ECB is regularly putting touring teams together and they have short periods of time to integrate them into an effective team and tour party,” Player Performance Manager Neil Kilshaw said. “Through the expertise of Eddie we wanted to tap into their experience as we were looking for additional methods to gel together players from two age groups in order to hit the ground running.“Having input from a different sport really gave things a different perspective and we are extremely grateful to him for spending his valuable time to assist our preparations.”Tourist Ben Sims said: “The workshop was very useful in enhancing our leadership and listening skills so we can adapt it to our performance in a game.“It helped me understand how to communicate with others while on the pitch and brought all the lads more together as one.”Evan Bullen agreed: “I think the session was very beneficial for the whole team as it showed us how important team work and communication is.“It showed we can do when we communicate properly and I also think it brought us closer together as a group which will be massive for the tour.”