Who was Saints best-ever half-back partnership?

Sean Long and Tommy Martyn
Sean Long and Tommy Martyn

Saints new boy Travis Burns is being tipped to form a devastating half-back partnership with Luke Walsh. Here, we look at some of the best scrum-half/stand-off combinations to wear the red vee.

Burns, 30, signed for Saints for £60,000 from Hull KR last week while Walsh, 27, starred in the red vee this year before injury cruelly robbed him of a shot at the play-offs.

Looking back, there have been no end of successful Saints half-back partnerships over the years too - although a few of them really stand out.

In the 1990s, Tommy Martyn and Bobbie Goulding formed a formidable half-back partnership which lit up Knowsley Road.

Goulding amassed an incredible 347 points in his first season after signing from Widnes and went on to become Saints captain before leaving for Huddersfield in 1998.

Martyn, who also later formed a superb half-back partnership with Sean Long, starred for Saints between 1993 and 2003 - scoring an impressive 127 tries from just 211 starts.

Long and Leon Pryce also formed an enviable half-back partnership as Saints carried all before them under Daniel Anderson in the mid to late 2000s.

Long’s maverick talent combined perfectly with Pryce’s pace and power to help put teams to the sword - aided by the likes of Paul Sculthorpe, Jamie Lyon and Keiron Cunningham.

Pryce crossed the whitewash 73 times from his 160 starts in the red vee and Long scored a staggering 2,625 points during his 12-year Saints stay.

Back in the 1960s it was Alex Murphy and Peter Harvey who ruled the roost.

Murphy scored 175 tries in 320 starts between 1955 and 1966.

Harvey scored 48 tries in 112 starts between 1963 and 1966.

And, looking even further back, the likes of Jimmy Honey and George Langfield, and Les Fairclugh and Walter Groves also deserve a mention.

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