Rookies Jack Ashworth and Aaron Smith have been included in Saints’ 19-man squad for Thursday’s Super League clash against Wakefield Trinity at Belle Vue but on-song prop Luke Thompson is ruled out through a one-match suspension and will be absent for the first time this season.
Head coach Justin Holbrook has leapt to the defence of fellow Aussie Ben Barba over the misapprehension that he had snubbed Saints’ supporters after their back-to-back defeats against Catalans Dragons and Huddersfield Giants.
Saints may not yet be suffering from a crisis of confidence after two defeats in less than a week but they need to get the ship back on an even keel sooner rather than later and that won’t be an easy task judging by the next couple of fixtures on the horizon.
It is touch and go whether powerhouse prop Alex Walmsley will be available for Saints' remaining fixtures as they set their sights on Grand Final glory after the disappointment of bowing out of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup against the Catalans Dragons just one hurdle from Wembley.
Shell-shocked Saints' Wembley dreams lie in tatters for at least another 12 months after a totally forgettable afternoon for the 12-times Challenge Cup winners - and let's be brutally honest they were completely out-classed and out-smarted by underdogs Catalans Dragons in front of a disbelieving shirt-sleeved crowd at the University of Bolton Stadium yesterday.
Wembley winner Matty Smith is recalled to Saints' 19-man squad from which coach Justin Holbrook will select his final 17 for Sunday's Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final tie against Catalans Dragons at the newly-named University of Bolton Stadium.
Saints' idol Mal Meninga and St George's Norm Provan have joined legends Dally Messenger, Frank Burge and Dave Brown as the next five NRL rugby league Immortals in a surprise announcement at the Sydney Cricket Ground last night.
James Roby will be hoping to get a firm grip on the iconic Challenge Cup trophy at Wembley in a few weeks' time but the club skipper is looking no further than Sunday's semi-final tie with the Catalans Dragons at Bolton.
Dave Chisnall’s dream of lifting the BetVictor World Matchplay darts title was shattered at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, last night (Thursday) by an opponent who started the competition as a 750-1 outsider.
Saints have been involved in some dramatic, incident-packed and nerve-shredding matches since the birth of summer rugby but few, if any, to compare with what unfolded late in the second half of Thursday’s epic encounter against neighbours Warrington Wolves at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
Luke Douglas may not command the newspaper headlines like team-mates Ben Barba and James Roby but he is just as vital a cog in Saints’ well-oiled machine as they set their sights on Super League and Challenge Cup glory.