McCarthy-Scarsbrook: Saints must make case for defence

Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook

LOUIE McCarthy-Scarsbrook is confident Saints can pick up their third win on the bounce when Wigan travel to Langtree Park on Friday – but only if his side defend well.

Saints conceded 38 points last week against Castleford and still managed to secure a win which sealed their place in the play-offs.

I’ve got that little bit of trickery with my feet even though I might fall over!

Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook

But the Londoner knows this week’s test will require stronger resistance.

“Defence. If we all defend as a unit we’ll come away with the win,” he said, when asked for a blueprint for a second straight derby win.

“You can tell we’re leading up to a big game because the boys are coming in and knuckling down so it’s going to be a very good game to watch and hopefully we can get the points and get further up the ladder. It will be vast for morale to get wins over clubs in the top four.”

McCarthy-Scarsbrook has also been enjoying the attacking side of his game, especially since moving to the back row, where he can have more of an influence with the ball in hand.

“Not to blow my trumpet but I’ve got a bit of speed and we’re using my speed a bit more out wide –playing off Burnsy and Walshy, it’s been good,” he explained. “I’ve got that little bit of trickery with my feet even though I might fall over!”

He hopes such attack will devastate Wigan on Friday, and his old mate – fellow Londoner Tony Clubb.

“Clubby texted me a couple of days ago – I haven’t text him back yet but I will,” he said.

He joked: “Every now and again I drop him a text discussing his features. His large head and big backside. He runs away from me all the time but now I’m out on the edge he won’t be able to run at me!”