Rovers defeat frustrates Simmons

Royce Simmons
Royce Simmons

IN the aftermath of Sunday’s 24-22 defeat at Hull KR, a far from happy Royce Simmons hinted that Saints had possibly allowed complacency to creep into their game.

The players had been give a four-day break ahead of the trip to Humberside, but it didn’t seem to work in their favour as they produced a way below par performance.

Simmons said: “Rovers were too good for us on the day.

“They were more determined and hungrier than ourselves, and kicked and controlled the play better.”

“I don’t want to offer excuses, but maybe in the back of our minds was the fact we had already beaten them twice this season. Also the other two teams immediately behind us in the table, Huddersfield Giants and Catalans Dragons had already lost.”

n SAINTS’ Reserves kept alive their play-off hopes with a convincing 52-24 victory at Hull KR.

Gary Wheeler, Dan Brotherton and Nathan Ashe all grabbed a brace of tries, with the other touch downs coming from Ben Karalius, Ian Cross and Joe Greenwood.

Cross landed seven goals, and Wheeler one.

The Academy side have an unassailable three-point lead at the top of the table after a scrappy 16-14 victory over Widnes.

Tries came from Corey Lee (2) and Mark Percival with Dom Speakman and Jack Jones landing a goal apiece

n MAJOR winners in week No.42 of the Saints’ Lottery are D Duxbury, of Newton-le-Willows (£1,000); B Blois, of Huyton (£200); W J Murphy, of Haresfinch, and Mr S Mellan, of Haydock, (£100); Mr S Hope, of Burtonwood, and Mrs Witter, of Rainford (£50).