TALKING SPORT: Dream team is sign of times

Rugby League Super League Dream Team: Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley, Leroy Cudjoe, Ben Crooks, Tom Lineham, Danny Brough, Matty Smith, Jamie Peacock ( missing ) Shaun Lunt, Eorl Crabtree, Brett Ferres, Danny Kirmond, Sean O Loughlin.
Rugby League Super League Dream Team: Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley, Leroy Cudjoe, Ben Crooks, Tom Lineham, Danny Brough, Matty Smith, Jamie Peacock ( missing ) Shaun Lunt, Eorl Crabtree, Brett Ferres, Danny Kirmond, Sean O Loughlin.

SAINTS’ inconsistent form during the regular season is reflected in the fact that they haven’t a single squad member in this year’s Super League Dream Team which was unveiled on Monday.

Unlike recent years when the likes of Keiron Cunningham, Matt Gidley, Ade Gardner, James Graham, Paul Wellens, Leon Pryce, James Roby and James Graham were among the elite 13, St Helens players are conspicious by their absence.

The local flag, however, is being carried by ex-Knowsley Road half back Matty Smith who is now plying his trade at Wigan Warriors.

Matty is also one of nine players making their bow in the Dream Team - a squad which for the first time comprises English-born players only.

Not surprisingly, table-toppers Huddersfield Giants have the most representatives - five in total - and Challenge Cup winners Wigan four.

But Warrington Wolves, who finished runners-up in the league and have what many pundits feel is the strongest all-round team in the competition, didn’t figure in the line-up - something which baffles me.

The full line-up is: 1 Sam Tomkins (Wigan), 2 Josh Charnley (Wigan), 3 Leroy Cudjoe (Huddersfied) 4 Ben Crooks (Hull FC), 5 Tom Lineham (Hull FC), 6 Danny Brough (Huddersfield), 7 Matty Smith (Wigan), 8 Jamie Peacock (Leeds Rhinos), 9 Shane Lunt (Huddersfield), 10 Eorl Crabtree (Huddersfield), 11 Brett Ferres Huddersfield), 12 Danny Kirmond (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats), 13 Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan) Do you agree or disagree with the team selected? Or what 13 would you have chosen and why?

Send your views to sthelens.sportsdesk@jpress.co.uk

BEST of luck to Rainhill Cricket Club in their quest to secure a spot in the coveted ECB Liverpool Competition premier diivision next season.

They go into their final first division match of the 2013 campaign against neighbours Rainford at home on Saturday in second spot with 308 points - 20 adrift of leaders Birkenhead Park and 14 in front of third-placed Colwyn Bay.

To grab first place looks a bridge too far, even though still mathematcally possible, but they are firm favourites to claim second promotion position.

Either way, the side have done themselves, the club and their families proud with their performances throughout this season.