TICKETS for Saints Round 14 Super League XVII match against Leeds Rhinos are still on sale.Monday night Rugby League begins for the first time at 8pm on Monday May 21 at the Headingley Carnegie.Standing is on sale for £20 adult, £13 concession (over 65 and students) and £12 juniors (under 16).Seating is £27 adult, £19 concession (over 65 and students) and £18 juniors (under 16).Coach travel, which leaves Langtree Park at 5.30pm is available for £11 for Season Ticket Holders and £12 for non.(Please remember you need to pre-purchase a coach ticket to travel).You can buy now from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
NATHAN Brown is hoping Saints’ tough end to the regular season will make them sharp as they enter the playoffs.His side faced games against Wigan and Warrington as well as tricky trips to Catalan, Hull and Wakefield in the last few weeks. That saw them secure eight wins from ten and fifth spot on the Super League ladder.It’s a far cry when a squad decimated by injury earlier in the season was struggling to be consistent.“We did it tough for a long period of time but we had enough good quality youngsters in the team to keep us ticking over,” Brown said. “At this time of the year you need your best and experienced players out there.“We were unlucky earlier in the year but now we are very fortunate to have Jonny Lomax, Sia Soliola, Willie Manu and James Roby all back playing. They know what works for them and we’ve had some really good wins too. We are confident and the last few fixtures have meant we are prepared heading into the match.“It helps as a lot of the players here know what is required to do well in the playoffs. That is definitely a benefit. We have numbers of blokes leaving who have contributed a lot to the club. Every week is a big week from here on in, but that has been the case for the past ten weeks because of where we were on the table.“The guys have responded well and we would like to think we have as much chance as anybody.”Saints take on Hull KR on Saturday having not beaten them this season.“We have played them twice with really depleted sides and in one of those games Franny got sent off, and we didn’t lose by much.“When we played our strongest side we played the worst and to Hull KR’s credit they beat us on merit.“They have recruited well from overseas, but have developed their own players too and have got a lot of big, local guys. They have creative players like Craig Hall, Michael Dobson, Lincoln Withers and have brought Greg Eden and Adam Walker in from Huddersfield, who have been great buys for them.“It will be a good game.”Tickets for Saturday’s match are now on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
Matty Costello grabbed a hat-trick in the win and impressive hooker Aaron Smith also grabbed a try. There were also a stand-out performance from young Jack Welsby.And Holbrook was delighted with how his young players seized their opportunity.“I am really happy with the boys today. Obviously we made some changes to give some boys an opportunity, but I was confident we were going to play well and we did that today.“I said after that Monday game that I would work with our performance and medical team to pick our best 17 to win the game and that is what we ran with. For us it was about giving some young guys the opportunity and playing fresh and it worked well today.“Yes it probably does [give me a selection headache] and that is why you need a good squad and it showed today that when you give some guys the opportunities they really want to be in the side and that is the most pleasing thing as a coach. We have a squad, not 17 players and everyone wants to be part of it and that is great for us.”Holbrook also singled out praise for Alex Walmsley and Zeb Taia as well as young Jack Welsby and hat-trick hero Matty Costello and impressive hooker Aaron Smith.“I thought Big Al really led from the front and Zebby really stepped it up. All the young boys were great. Jack Welsby was fantastic at full back and Matt Costello scoring a hat-trick at centre and Aaron Smith coming in was one of our best performers so everyone played well today which was great.”Emphasising on Welsby and Smith’s prospects, Holbrook added:“Welsby is an exciting young player and it was great to give him a start today. He is definitely a first team player for the future that is for sure and today he did a great job.“I knew before the season started what a great young player Aaron was. I knew he would be getting some games this year and he showed again today why he deserves it.”Holbrook also commented on the return of Theo Fages and the performance of Danny Richardson in his press conference below.