Congratulations to the Saints’ players that featured on the International stage this weekend.
Tommy Makinson, Jonny Lomax and Luke Thompson starred in England’s 18-16 victory over the Kiwi’s whilst Matty Lees was named man of the match in the Knights’ 16-12 decision in PNG.
It was a performance that pleased coach Paul Anderson:
“Matty has taken out the players’ player award,” he said. “He gave a couple of penalties away but I don’t mind that, he did that in the right way, because he’s got a level of intimidation about him.
“He’s only 20 and he’s just got man of the match in an England Knights international against a near-enough full strength Papua New Guinea team. He’s a champion player and I like what he brings. He’s still got some things to fix up, but this trip is going to do him a lot of good.”
England Women had a big 54-4 win over France that coach Craig Richards described as “excellent”.
“I was really happy with the performance and the way the team bought into the processes that we brought into camp,” he said.
Emily Rudge captained the side whilst Faye Gaskin, Jodie Cunningham, Tara Jones, Vicky Whitfield and Naomi Williams all played – Williams tagging a try in the second half.
Elsewhere, James Bentley made his international debut at centre for Ireland in a 36-10 win over Scotland.
He scored in the European Championship clash that his side dominated from start to finish.
Theo Fages was at the hub of France’s 54-18 victory over Wales in the same competition.
The top two sides in the ‘Euros’ will qualify for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
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