Kevin Brown will be hoping to throw a spanner into the works of his home-town club on Friday night.
The Widnes Vikings stand-off, who developed his talents as a Haydock schoolboy on the playing fields of St Helens, has been in sparkling form of late and was an inspirational figure in the Chemics shock 28-14 home victory over Warrington Wolves on Friday night.
His form has resulted in calls for him to be re-instated in Steve McNamara’s international set -up, even though he is approaching 30.
Saints will be fully aware of the potential threat of the one-time Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield player - none more so than Nathan Brown who had his namesake under his wings during a coaching spell at the Giants and no doubt has plans up his sleeve to stifle his undoubted talent and the rest of a Widnes outfit boosted by last week’s victory over the Wire.on play-offs.
g It’s baby boom time at Langtree Park ! The club’s leading try scorer, Tommy Makinson, was given compassionate leave to be with his heavily pregnant partner ahead of Saints’ trip to London Broncos and so, too, was Willie Manu whose wife was also about to give birth.
And it turned out to be a happy ending, both on and off the field, the young lasses giving birth on the eve of the Super League clash and their team-mates adding to the celebrations with a crushing 58-16 win in the capital.
g Paul Wellens is on the brink of another milestone in a Super League career which stretches back to 1998.
The Saints’ skipper now needs only three points to reach the magical 1,000 mark at club level after scoring against the London Broncos on Saturday. It took his try tally to 229 to add to the 40 goals and one field goal already under his belt.
g It’s snow joke but Saints’ supporters celebrated Xmas five months early on Saturday ! Bedecked in Santa suits, and carrying a banner saying ‘Merry Christmas from the George,’ they added a bizarre out-of-season kind of touch to the club’s First Utility Super League clash against the London Broncos.
It was light-hearted fun from Nathan Brown’s travelling army of fans who helped swell the gate close to the 2,000 mark as temperatures
soared into the eighties.
Not exactly the type of weather to be wearing a thickly-laden Santa suits but at least the players came bearing gifts for their hard core followers - a red-hot performance, two points and continued leadership of the Super League table.