Young guns keep places

Jake Spedding
Jake Spedding

Young guns Jake Spedding, Morgan Knowles and Jack Ashworth are given a ‘vote of confidence’ after their displays at Warrington last week and keep their places to face Catalans.

Lama Tasi also returns to the Saints’ 19-man squad for Thursday night’s home fixture.

Head coach Keiron Cunningham will name his 17 from:

3. Jordan Turner, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor (pictured), 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Lama Tasi, 15. Greg Richards, 16. Andre Savelio, 17. Luke Thompson, 19. Theo Fages, 21. Matty Dawson, 22. Jack Owens, 23. Shannon McDonnell, 27. Jack Ashworth, 28. Morgan Knowles, 29. Ricky Bailey, 33. Jake Spedding.

For Catalans, skipper Rémi Casty, Todd Carney and Justin Horo have recovered from injury and are back in what looked to be a powerful-looking squad.the squad.

They replace Morgan Escaré, Antoni Maria and Stan Robin.

Laurent Frayssinous will choose his side from:

1. Tony Gigot, 2. Jodie Broughton, 3. Krisnan Inu, 4. Vincent Duport, 5. Pat Richards, 6. Todd Carney, 7. Richie Myler, 8. Louis Anderson, 10. Rémi Casty, 11. Glenn Stewart, 12. Justin Horo, 13. Jason Baitieri, 14. Dave Taylor, 15. Julian Bousquet, 16. Eloi Pelissier, 17. Gregory Mounis, 18. Thomas Bosc, 19. Olivier Elima, 29. Willie Mason.

It’s the stand stand-out match of round 11 of Super League with Cunningham insisting it won’t be a ‘walk in the park’ for their cross-Channel rivals.

The French side have shaken off their renowned ‘travel sickness’ to notch four successive away wins this season, helping catapult them to second spot in the table after 10 outings and a points total of 14 - two behind pace setters Warrington Wolves.

“They have spent wisely by recruiting a number of good quality players, including Australian international Glenn Stewart, and look set to fulfill the kind of promise shown in the past without previously living up to their reputation,” said Cunningham.

But Saints, too, are brimming with confidence after devouring the hungry Wolves last Friday and will be looking for a repeat performance.

The Saints’ supremo added: “It is going to be another tough encounter because our opponents are flying high and riding on the crest of a wave at the moment, but I have every confidence in the players under my wings.

“We are producing some good football and winning games by playing a real hard-nosed type of rugby, as well as grinding out some results.”

He added: “Generally, we are not doing too badly, but we need to keep up the momentum and work hard. We have two tough home games coming up and then we go into a tough tie at Castleford

“Consistency is the biggest key for us. We need to focus on what we can have a bearing on - and that is the performance. If we do that then it tends to brings results.”