KC Wants Physical Game

SAINTS will continue their Super League preparations when they take on Widnes Vikings this Sunday.

Keiron Cunningham has indicated his side will be whittled to around 22 or 23 as he attempts to drill down ready for the league opener.

“We will go with around 10 subs,” he said. “Getting to that final team for the game against Huddersfield is going to be difficult. We have a thick squad and a lot of them played pretty well last Sunday so it is going to be hard tapping people on the shoulder.

“We had a good look at a number of different combinations and had players in different spots. I thought it went well and I was happy with where we was at.

“Hopefully, the game on Sunday will be a good physical one. Widnes have recruited well and have got a good pack. That is something we want to be up against. We want to earn the right to do things instead of being gifted it.”

Tommy Makinson could return for Sunday’s game with Adam Swift the week later at Swinton.

Both had surgery in the off-season and need game time before the season kicks off.

Meanwhile, Cunningham has outlined his plans for the halves this year.

“I will go with whatever gives us the best balance,” he said. “When Theo (Fages) became available I jumped at it. He gives us depth in certain areas and is also the future of the club.

“He looked very comfortable on Sunday given he has only one pre-season with these players. He went through off one play, scored another and then put Louie (McCarthy-Scarsbrook) through. That’s not bad for a first run out!

“He can play hooker too at a push so that gives us cover and allows Robes a break.”

He continued: “Travis Burns has trained well and is determined to do a lot of things this year. I hope he can because if he plays well and then Luke Walsh and James Roby play well too.

“I am hopeful for him but if it doesn’t work out, and the same goes for anywhere in the squad, then we have got plenty of cover.”

Saints will take on Widnes in the Karalius Cup at Langtree Park on Sunday January 24 (3pm).

Tickets are priced at:

Hatton’s Solicitors West & McLoughlin and Harvey East Stands:

  • Members: £10 (adult), £8 (concession and 16-21), £5 (junior)
  • Non Members: £12 (adult), £10 (concession and 16-21), £6 (junior)

Solarking South & Totally Wicked North Stands:

  • Members: £12 (adult), £10 (concession and 16-21), £5 (junior)
  • Non Members: £14 (adult), £12 (concession and 16-21), £6 (junior)

Members’ prices are available up until 4pm on Saturday.

Hospitality is priced at:

  • £25 (+VAT) for adults
  • £15 (+VAT) for under 12s
  • Includes premium match seat, pre-match meal, lounge host, programme

Tickets can be bought by popping into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.

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