Cunningham: Let’s raise the roof!

Kieron Cunningham
Kieron Cunningham

LET’S raise the roof ... that’s the clarion call from head coach Keiron Cunninghan to Saints’ fans ahead of tonight’s World Club Series match against the Sydney Roosters at Langtree Park.

Cunningham - a winner of two world crowns in his St Helens playing days - knows how key and valuable the vociferous backing of the home supporters can be and possibly worth a try or two in what will be a tension-charged and emotionally-filled night.

The Saints’ boss said: “We are facing one of the best teams in the world and any extra encouragement we can get from the fans will be more than welcome

“We will be pulling out all the stops to ensure they head home from the match full of smiles,”

Saints will go into the showdown without Jonny Lomax, Shannon McDonnell, Mark Percival and James Roby - all first choice players had they not been on the injured list.

“We will obviously miss quality players of this kind but I’m confident my squad will give a good account of themselves.

“I don’t think there is a better test than pitting your skill and ability against a team of the Roosters’ calibre.

“You don’t want to be sitting in your armchair at home watching the competition on TV and wonder how you would have done yourselves.”

The Aussie have named a new-look squad which includes four debutants - former Wigan Warriors winger Joe Burgess and ex-Brisbane Broncos trio, Dale Copley, Mitchell Frei and Jayden Nikorima.

Team-mate Mitchell Aubusson said: “Iam really looking forward to seeing how our new recruits perform and hopefully by Saturday morning they will have made all the headline.’”

Saints are expecting a big crowd but tickets are still on sale and fans will also be able to pay at the turnstiles.