Talking Sport: Let’s hope for more glorious Sundays

Saints fans enjoyed spectacular rugby last Sunday in glorious sunshine
Saints fans enjoyed spectacular rugby last Sunday in glorious sunshine
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There are quite a few Saints’ fans who, if given the choice, would prefer a return to regular Sunday fixtures at Langtree Park.

A gentle stroll or short car journey to the game after lunch and maybe a couple of pints en route at your favourite watering hole would no doubt feel like manna from heaven to some people.

No rushing straight to the stadium following a busy and possibly stressful day at work and plenty of time to reach your intended destination.

It was, therefore, a refreshing change last Sunday when Castleford Tigers were in town for a rare Super League encounter on the Sabbath which, in Mediterranean-type temperatures, attracted a crowd of 12,648 - Saints’ fourth highest home attendance of the season.

Unfortunately, a Sunday league match is not scheduled to be repeated at Langtree Park during the rest of the regular season and with

Saints being regarded as one of high profile clubs in the competition and constantly featured on Sky TV, games of this natural are likely to be few and far between in the future.

But what struck out like a sore thumb - and possibly prevented a bigger turn out than the highly creditable 12,000-plus gate at Langtree Park - was the fact that there were two other matches within a radius of less than 10 miles.

Apart from the Saints-Cas clash, Widnes Vikings were at home to the Leeds Rhinos, attracting a crowd of 5,543, and Warrington Wolves, entertained Salford Red Devils in front of 10,120 spectators, leaving what I would call the small number of floating fans having to choose which one of the three fixtures they would attend.

Not exactly good fixture planning by the powers-that-be, or do we blame computerisation?

g It must have been sweet music to the ears of Saints ‘forgotten’ man Richie Beaumont when he was told he was ready to return to competititve action.

Prop Beaumont joined Saints from Super League rivals Hull KR at the end of last season and had been relishing the prospect of playing

alongside other new boys, Luke Walsh, Kyle Amor, Mose Masoe and Matty Dawson.

But a persistent groin problem, which at times proved puzzling, had kept in on the sidelines all year ... until now.

Coach Nathan Brown revealed yesterday that he was likely to return to action with Saints’ partnership club, Rochdale Hornets, possibly this weekend.

This is great news for the 26-year-old and everyone at the club will be keeping their fingers crossed that his injury nightmare is over.

The lad deserves a break after what he has gone through in the past few months.