Starman Louie bucks Broncos

Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook on the charge
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook on the charge

LOUIE McCarthy-Scarsbrook’s display against his former employers pipped two-try hero Paul Wellens to the man of the match, according to caretaker boss Mike Rush.

London-born prop forward LMS put on an impressive display of power and pace to cause mayhem in the Broncos’ defensive lines.

And the victory means that, as well as signing off their league home campaign in style, St Helens have given their play-off ambitions a considerable boost.

Skipper Paul Wellens and Mark Flanagan each scored two tries for Saints in a 30-0 defeat of London Broncos.

The home side’s other touchdowns came from Tony Puletua and Anthony Laffranchi in a game which saw them just 6-0 ahead at the break.

“Louie was my man of the match and produced plenty of energy against his old team,” said Rush. “He has great speed for a front rower. At times he chances his arm with offloads, but he was outstanding tonight.

“Mark Flanagan also had his best game for the club, and Paul Wellens was rewarded for his support play with two tries.

“He must only be a year off 40, but is still punishing them. There were 25 penalties in the game, and that’s a lot to cope with.”

Meanwhile, Paul Clough believes Saints’ play-off experience will stand them in good stead for the challenges ahead.

“We proved last year that when it comes down to the play-offs at the back end of the season, we could up our form and get the results that we wanted,” he said.

n SAINTS’ name has been linked with a move for Batley Bulldogs’ 21-year-old prop Alex Walmsley, but the club, in line with their normal policy, declined to comment on speculation.

The rumour mill, however, started grinding after acting head coach Mike Rush was spotted at a recent game involving the Co-operative Championship club.

n THREE Saints players, James Roby, Jonny Lomax and Jon Wilkin, have been named in the 28-strong England elite training squad, which will form the nucleus of the side to take part in 
the autumn triangular tournament against France and Wales.

Team-mates Paul Clough and Mark Flanagan have also been included in the England Knights 29-man squad in their build-up to the Alitalia Cup, which includes games against Ireland and Scotland.

n THE club’s latest crop of scholarship players have been rewarded with professional contracts.

After a challenging year, Dave Hewitt and Oliver Davies, who have both represented England this season, are joined by Adam Saunders, Ross McCauley, Tom Calland, Joe Ryan, Daniel Abram and Matthew Fleming in signing two-year deals.

They will link up with the Academy set-up once their community club commitments are completed.