SAINTS have announced new deals for winger Tommy Makinson and back rower Scott Hale, both aged 19.Makinson has signed a two-contract and Hale one year.Coach Royce Simmons praised both players for the progress they have made this year and considers they have real potential for the future as Saints’ players.“Both Tommy and Scott have had more first team opportunities than we envisaged this year due to first team injuries, but have both grasped them well,” he said. “They have showed that they have real potential.“I’m sure we’ll see more of each in the future.”Tom signed from Hindley and Wigan St Judes and has made 17 appearances this season; scoring nine tries and kicking one goal.Forward Hale joined the Saints from Haydock and has appeared twice off the bench in 2011.Both came through the Club’s famous Academy system.
‘OH When the Saints’ is the title of a special exhibition at the World of Glass, Chalon Way East which is a must see for fans of St. Helens RFC and rugby league in general.Featuring historic items from Saints’ past and present, the exhibition opens on September 17 and runs until Sunday November 13.“We are delighted to be hosting this exhibition about the Saints,” says Hannah Longworth, the Curator at the World of Glass. “The exhibition caters for all ages and I am sure that anyone who visits us will really enjoy the experience.”Saints’ superstar of the 1970s, George Nicholls, brought in a jersey from the 1976 club tour of Australia especially for the exhibition, which will feature in the ‘Greatest 17′ section.“There are certainly some unusual items on view,” adds Club Historian Alex Service, “including several poignant reminders of our former Knowsley Road home. But for me, the highlight has got to be Alf Ellaby’s four caps (Lancashire, England and the 1928 and 1932 Great Britain tours), when representative rugby was so important. They look stunning!“Visitors are also greeted by a larger than life image of James Graham running with the ball – an ideal photo opportunity!”Pictured is George Nicholls, a member of Saints’ Greatest 17, handing over a 1976 jersey to Hannah Longworth, Curator of the World of Glass.
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GIVEN the traumatic events concerning the U16’s from the night before, this should have been a much easier and more rewarding match, writes Graham Henthorne.However, having missed a glorious chance in the opening set of the game when a wide ball from Matty Costello instead of the short option taken would have seen Tom Nisbett in at the corner. Couple that with then allowing the Bulls to stroll downfield and go over untouched on the last and this turned into a much tougher assignment than it should.Buoyed by this early success the Bulls tore into the Saints both with and without the ball. The Bulls line speed was better than the Saints all evening and gave little room for manoeuvre to half backs Brad Billsborough and Elliott Jenkins.This should have been made easier on the quarter hour as the Saints drew level.Having delivered the inside ball to Costello which the fullback eventually fed inside to Josh Eaves who jinked his way over from 15 out, the half back was viciously hit late off the ball.Had he stayed down longer than he did the outcome may have been different but a talking to and no card was ever going to be enough.The two sides went set for set with each other for most of the half with the Saints showing little in the way of enthusiasm.Two penalties in succession gave the Saints just enough momentum to put the Bulls on their own line and on the last Costello did what he should have done earlier in shooting a miss pass out to his winger Nisbett who touched down in the corner.The harsh reality of the situation was spelled out in no uncertain terms at the break and seemed to have paid dividends as a good kick chase to Billsborough’s towering bomb forced the centre into dropping the ball.Three times the Saints were held short as firstly Matty Lees, playing against his old club, then Jenkins and finally Cameron Brown tried their luck. On the last and stuck in the right corner Kev Brown gave enough of a dummy to fool his opposite number and give himself enough space to touch down.Billsborough was again spot on with his kick off the touchline to give full rewards for the score.Lees again showed the rest of his pack the way with two good drives gaining two penalties on the way to the Bulls 30 metre line. From the play the ball Jordan Olmez showed what good hands he has taking the ball to the line before slipping a great short ball out to Sam Royle whose fabulous line and strong running saw him over untouched.The game was gone but instead of playing hard to rattle up some points the Saints almost ambled through the final 20 minutes and this lacklustre attitude cost them dear as with the last two plays of the game the Bulls went 70 metres and scored in the corner.Lacklustre is unfortunately the best description of most of the Saints team both I defence and in support of each other in attack.Thankfully not all, however, as Matty Lees again ran hard and with purpose in attack and defence. He was joined in that respect by two of the newest graduates to the team in Sam Royle and especially Chris Kellett who charged into the Bulls line on numerous occasions.Match Summary:Bradford:Tries: Wilf Moxon (3), Ryan Leadbeater (79).Goals: Alix Stephenson 2 from 2.Saints:Tries: Josh Eaves (13), Tom Nisbett (24), Kevin Brown (43), Sam Royle (61).Goals: Brad Billsborough 4 from 4.Half Time: 6-12Full Time: 12-24Teams:Bradford:1. Alix Stephenson; 2. Jay Panter, 3. Rowan Milnes, 4. Brandon Wood, 5. Ryan Leadbeater; 6. Mathew Fletcher, 7. Jack Wilson; 8. Evan Hodgson, 9. Reiss Butterworth, 10. Oliver Wilson, 11. Wilf Moxon, 12. Vytas Vaznys, 13. Thomas Doyle (C). Subs: 14. Ebon Scurr, 15. Lawrence Okanga-Ajwang, 16. Jake Lightowler, 17. Elliott Culling.Saints:1. Matty Costello; 2. Kevin Brown, 3. Cameron Brown, 4. Owen Smith, 5. Tom Nisbett; 7. Brad Billsborough, 6. Elliott Jenkins; 19. Matty Lees, 9. Josh Eaves, 10. Jordan Olmez, 11. Joe Sharratt, 12. Mike Weldon (C), 13. Callum Hazzard. Subs: 14. Brad Pinder, 15. Sam Royle, 16. Christian Kellett, 17. Evan Bullen.