KC Expects Fireworks

KEIRON Cunningham says he is relishing the chance to take on Warrington this Friday.

Saints travel to the Halliwell Jones Stadium to face the table topping Wolves – and these games usually bring “fireworks” according to the club’s head coach.

“Every game is tough and nothing changes this week,” he said. “Warrington are the form side in the comp and sat on top of the table.

“We certainly enjoy playing against them; it is a local derby and we always get some form of fireworks. We have to be ready on the night and I’m sure we will.

“We played well against Widnes and Hull and I thought Friday was an entertaining game. We deserved something out of it. We were the better team for large periods. Hull came at us loaded with players who hadn’t played on the Monday but we did a good job against them.

“The effort in the last two games has been better than when we won some games earlier in the season. If we keep doing that then we won’t be far off.

“We deserved the victory both occasions, but it didn’t go our way on Friday. All teams are spending salary cap now and therefore it is a more even competition. We need to keep working hard, pick up some wins on the way and hopefully get some of those stars back too.”

He continued: “The injuries are stacking up but it does give someone else an opportunity to stake a claim. Everyone is in a similar boat though. The Easter period has taken its toll on us and others but that is rugby league and you have to get on with it.

“Joe Greenwood will be out. He spent the night in hospital last week so has to be cleared by the experts before we can bring him in.

“He has been doing well and scoring a lot of tries. Unfortunately, he isn’t available and that gives other people the chance to play in that position.

“Luke Walsh should be fine but there is no one else imminently returning. Jonny Lomax is week by week. His knee is 100 per cent but there is another little issue at the moment. I would love for him to be back; we are desperate for him to be back but we can’t force the issue.

“The two Welsh players we have – Regan Grace and Calvin Wellington – are going well but we have to be patient with them. Calvin is probably a little ahead of Regan and it would be him if anyone gets a chance. I’m sure both will play Super League if they keep on developing… and the way we are going with outside backs then it could be sooner rather than later.

“As a result it’s unlikely to be Matty Dawson and Jack Owens on the wings this week. We’ll bring someone in as we have plenty out.

“We’re full on salary cap so there is nothing we can do to bring people in. We have plenty of good juniors so they will get a shot at some point.”

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