Royce puts old friendships aside

Royce Simmons
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SAINTS’ coach Royce Simmons will come face-to-face with an old pal on Friday night but their friendship will be put on hold ... at least for 80 minutes.

Both Simmons and Peter Gentle, boss of Hull FC, worked together for several years under the guidance of renowned head coach Tim Sheene and have a genuine respect for each others management qualities.

Saints will also be anxious for a return to form after successive at the hands of the Catalan Dragons and Huddersfield Giants but face a tough challenge against

a Humberside outfit who have only suffered one defeat this season.

Both have five points to date but the Airlie Birds have a game in hand following the postponement of their fixture a few weeks ago against the Dragons.

Tickets for the match, which kicks-off at 8pm, are still available from Langtree Park.