July 31

JAMES Roby says he loves playing in the cauldron l

first_imgJAMES Roby says he loves playing in the cauldron like atmosphere at Headingley.The hooker, who looks destined for his second Man of Steel crown, is relishing the challenge of taking on the World Champions on Monday.And he says Saints will be drawing comfort from the last time the two sides met.“Last time we played Leeds it was on the back of everything that had happened with Royce and Kieron Purtill and we had two new coaches,” he said. “We had a lot of pressure on us, but we put in a great performance and beat Leeds pretty convincingly.“We can take the positives from that game and see what we can do, where we can copy and emulate. But I’m sure Leeds have been talking about that game and will be using it as a motivator.“It will be a great night. Playing at Leeds is always a good atmosphere and their fans are very vocal. It’s actually a nice place to play; I like playing in those places with those big environments and atmosphere and Leeds is like that. Hopefully the lads will be up for it and ready to go.“We will need to be tight around the ruck but across the field they are strong. If we concentrate on our own job, go out there and play well I’m sure we can get back to winning ways.“We aren’t used to playing on a Monday night but it shouldn’t affect the players too much. I like the aim of it; it is to get more people to watch rugby league and get them involved. If it does its job and gets the sport more widespread, it is worth it.”Ticket details for the match can be found herelast_img read more

July 31

MIKE Rush said Saints lacked a little composure at

first_imgMIKE Rush said Saints lacked a little composure at key times during their loss to Warrington last night.His side went down 22-12 at Langtree Park and ended a run of victories stretching back to May.“I thought the effort was good and I couldn’t fault the guys defensively at times,” the Acting Head Coach said. “We dug in in the first half when we had no possession and we have to look at the reasons why we didn’t have that.“In the second half we gave away two penalties on the fourth tackle. We spoke about that after the Catalans game and said we can’t do that against the good teams as you will get punished… and guess what, that happened tonight.“They played the field position better all night with Mickey Higham, Lee Briers and Michael Monaghan all influential. They got good ball sets and looked threatening. We lacked composure and didn’t get the repeat sets we should have.“We didn’t force drop outs and that is unlike us. Perhaps we worked too hard to score off a big play or a big pass; we should have built pressure and worked harder to win field position.“It’s out of our hands to finish second. We know if we win our games we will finish third so we know what we have to do. We still want to finish as high up the ladder as we can.”last_img read more