Rush praises fans’ efforts

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SAINTS CEO Mike Rush praised the efforts of fans, players and club officials who helped ensure yesterday’s friendly with Dewsbury went ahead.

Keiron Cunningham’s men won the pre-season friendly 38-18 after a delayed kick-off to allow efforts to clear snow from the Langtree Park pitch.

Coach Cunningham was on hand to help clear the pitch, but the efforts from Saints fans ensured the game could go ahead.

“It was fantastic to see so many people here at Langtree Park and once again, on behalf of all at the club, and Dewsbury, we thank them for their time,” Rush.

“Club officials, physios, community staff and Academy players joined the first team coaching staff and players in their efforts.

“We really appreciate the players’ time this morning. Seriously though, this is why St Helens is such a great community club.”

Theo Fages impressed on his Saints debut while two tries each from Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Mark Percival were supplemented by scored from Fages, Calvin Wellington and Lewis Charnock.

Any fans expecting it would be a case of Rams to the slaughter were way off the mark as Saints began their pre-season preparations in earnest at chilly Langtree Park.

The Kingston Press Championship side gave their more illustrious opponents a run for their money, having the cheek to snatch a 14-10 interval lead before finally succumbing to two late second half tries.

But Saints’ coach Cunningham wasn’t too concerned about the outcome of what was an entertaining and fact-finding 80 minutes which ended in a 38-18 win for the home side.

Cunningham said: “Friendly games are not about results, only putting into practice what you have been doing in the past two or three months.

“We have a lot of new personnel in place and some showed nice touches and also looked as though they had been Saints’ players for a number of years.”

He added: “I feel I have got stability across the board, and now my biggest call will be telling people, who have trained hard pre-season they are not in the side.

“But Rugby League is a squad game and some will be disappointed.

“There are a few names nailed on but to be honest I’ve haven’t decided on my final team for round one of Super League at this stage.”

Saints’ tries: Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook (2), Mark Percival (2), Theo Fegas, Calvin Wellington, and Lewis Charnock.

Goals Luke Walsh (1/2), Jack Owens (2/3) and Travis Burns (2/2).

Dewsbury tries: Dale Morton, Aaron Brown, Andy Kain and Kyle Trout.

Goals Paul Sykes (1/4).