KC Outlines Halves Options

SAINTS have options at ‘seven’ following Matty Smith’s injury with Danny Richardson, Theo Fages and Tommy Lee all likely to be considered.

The trio featured on Sunday with Danny getting first taste of first team action in the second half to partner Fages at 7.

And Keiron Cunningham says the youngster will get his chance again this week.

“Danny did a fine job on Sunday and he will get another shot this week,” he said. “Theo will too alongside a number of different people. We will find something that works but we do have options.

“On Sunday a lot of the good things we did revolved around Matty but I think James Roby and Tommy Lee did well as did the front rowers. Ryan Morgan looked like a threat every time he got the ball. We had an allocated game time for each player so he came off a couple of minutes early as a precaution. He will feature this week.

“Mark Percival and Jonny Lomax showed good touches and I thought Tommy Makinson looked sharp and direct. If we had gone with our strongest side and rolled 20, 21 players it would have blown out a bit. We had lots of opportunities but now we have to polish up our execution.”

Saints take on Castleford this Sunday with Cunningham reducing the size of his squad to around 22.

But one player who won’t feature is Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook who is continuing to recover from a hip operation.

“Louie won’t be in the reckoning for a little while,” KC added. “Dominique Peyroux and Morgan Knowles have run in the second row in pre-season and he is behind those boys. I would be doing Dom and Morgan an injustice if I slotted Louie back in when he is fit.

“He has to earn his stripes to come back into the starting 17. Dependant on the fitness of the side, he would be earmarked for round 2.

“We will face a different side in Castleford his week. They will be stronger. Widnes weren’t that far off but Daryl (Powell) will reduce his squad and it will be a good benchmark for us. We’re looking for improvement on what we did on Sunday.”

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