Continue Good Start

SAINTS travel to Salford this Thursday looking to continue their good start to the Super League season.

Nathan Brown’s men have won both their games so far to sit top of the table with a number of clubs who are also two from two.

And they face one of those 100 ‘per centers’ this week.

“We’re two from two and have beaten Warrington who will be top four and Hull who have been historically in the next tier,” Brown said. “They are two sides that will win more than they lose and are contenders.

“We’ve done what we wanted to but I’d like to think we are going to improve a fair bit, especially on the first half last Friday.”

Jordan Turner should be fit to play after he suffered a head knock in the win over Hull FC on Friday.

Mose Masoe is very close too – but this game could come a couple of weeks too early.

“Mose has come out of rehab this week and is fit, but it’s now a case of when he is physically in the right shape,” Brown continued. “He’s working hard in rehab but he’s probably not quite right to play at the moment.

“We will be guided by the training staff but of course the sooner he gets playing the better.”

Saints take on a significantly new look Salford this Thursday and Brown reckons they’ve been good value so far.

“Salford have done what they’ve needed to do,” Brown said. “They were good in the first half against Wakefield and then held on, and had a convincing win at London.

“I think what’s happened there has been great for the game. This game in particular in the past could have been seen as a standard St Helens win I suppose. It’s a good rugby league story which is good for the game and the competition.

“Look at Wigan against the Roosters, they did well, but if they played more games against sides spending the cap then the comp would be better and they probably would have been more prepared. There’s certainly no negative to Salford.”

Saints will also line-up against two former members of this parish.

“Yeah, it will be good to see Tony Puletua and Francis Meli,” Brown continued. “They have no points to prove to us though. They were more than welcome to stay at the club but their budget is what it is and we have younger players coming through.

“Franny and TP served the club well and Franny in particular has left a legacy with Josh Jones, Mark Percival, Tommy Makinson and Adam Swift.”

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