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Turner fends off labyrinthitis

St Helens Star: Jordan Turner try

5:41pm Wednesday 27th May 2015

SAINTS centre Jordan Turner played his part in the team’s try of the season so far on Friday.

Match reaction: Cunningham praise for brilliant Saints

St Helens Star:

1:59am Saturday 23rd May 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham describes his team's win at Hull as "brilliant" and singled out Josh Jones, who made a crucial try saving tackle in the second half, for special praise.

Saints win at Hull FC

St Helens Star:

10:14pm Friday 22nd May 2015

SAINTS produced a remarkable defensive effort to chalk up an impressive 17-10 at Hull FC.

Jon Wilkin pleads guilty - and takes a one-game ban

St Helens Star:

7:03pm Tuesday 19th May 2015

SAINTS skipper Jon Wilkin will miss Friday's trip to Hull after being banned for one match.

Jon Wilkin charged with reckless high tackle

St Helens Star: Jon Wilkin

5:50pm Monday 18th May 2015

SAINTS skipper Jon Wilkin has been charged with making a reckless high tackle during Friday's win over York.

Cunningham praises a job well done after seeing off York

St Helens Star:

12:32am Saturday 16th May 2015

KEIRON Cunningham believes Saints' 46-6 victory over  League One minnows York was a job well done.

WITH PICTURES: Saints ease past York to make Challenge Cup quarter finals

St Helens Star:

1:50pm Saturday 16th May 2015

SAINTS have eased through to the last eight of the Challenge Cup after a 46-6 triumph over York City Knights.

UPDATED: Luke Walsh could miss four to five weeks after minor surgery on ankle

St Helens Star:

9:41pm Monday 11th May 2015

SAINTS scrum half Luke Walsh could be out for up to a month after undergoing minor surgery on the same ankle that he damaged last July.

Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook relishing life in the back row

St Helens Star:

9:40am Friday 8th May 2015

THE abundance of fit and in-form props at Saints has allowed Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook to do what coaches have been looking to do for years and move into the back row.

James Roby returns for Catalans trip

St Helens Star:

9:36am Friday 8th May 2015

JAMES Roby returns to Saints' line-up for tomorrow night's game at Catalans.

Interview: 30 years after landmark Premiership Final, Mal Meninga talks Saints and his regret at never returning

St Helens Star:

12:24pm Thursday 7th May 2015

THIS week marks the 30th anniversary of Mal Meninga’s final match of an all too short spell for the Saints – but memories of that Premiership Final and the other 30 games that preceded it still burn brightly for fans of a certain generation.

Starlets begin to graduate from the St Helens Darts Academy

St Helens Star:

12:11pm Thursday 7th May 2015

THE St Helens Darts academy which started with eight players and two boards 18 months ago, now has a whopping 95 youngsters on its books.

Cunningham praise for Warrior Wellens

St Helens Star:

10:06am Thursday 7th May 2015

THE signing of full back Shannon McDonnell should take the pressure off needing to rush the team’s indomitable warrior Paul Wellens back.

Catalans clash will see fascinating duel between the halves

St Helens Star:

9:57am Thursday 7th May 2015

SAINTS face a tough test on Saturday (5pm) against a Catalans Dragons side that have proven to be a different proposition on their home turf this year.

Cunningham answers: Building our combinations with Walsh, Burns and McDonnell

St Helens Star:

5:02pm Wednesday 6th May 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham discusses Luke Walsh, Dougie Charnock and Shannon McDonnell with the Star’s Mike Critchley.

Cunningham praise for 'outstanding' Charnock

St Helens Star:

8:16am Saturday 2nd May 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham was delighted with the performance of "outstanding" Dougie Charnock, who marked his first senior appearance since April 2013 by scoring two tries in a 44-4 win over Wakefield Trinity.

Saints 44 Wakefield 4

St Helens Star:

9:47pm Friday 1st May 2015

NINE-try Saints comfortably saw off bottom-placed Wakefield at Langtree Park.

Off the Ball: Happy to entice talent from across the Burtonwood border

St Helens Star:

11:21am Thursday 30th April 2015

AFTER years of berating the town of Warrington for not punching its weight when it comes to producing its own rugby league players I am only too pleased to see a few promising talents poke their noses through .... including three at Saints.

Praise for Mark Percival and his 'God given' talent

St Helens Star:

10:57am Thursday 30th April 2015

ONE of the highlights of Friday night’s win was the return of classy centre Mark Percival who showed exactly what the team had been missing in his seven-game absence.

Keiron Cunningham Answers: Coach talks of first genuine halves since Long and Martyn, Savelio's development and looks at Wakefield

St Helens Star:

10:38am Thursday 30th April 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham saw plenty of positives from the return of Mark Percival and the first start from Luke Walsh.

One door closes, another re-opens as Shannon McDonnell returns to Saints

St Helens Star:

9:09am Thursday 30th April 2015

SAINTS have announced the signing of Shannon McDonnell on an 18-month deal until the end of next season.

Lance Hohaia retires from rugby league due to 'concussion-type' symptoms

St Helens Star: Lance Hohaia looks to move the ball

12:09pm Wednesday 29th April 2015

LANCE Hohaia has retired from rugby league due to recurrent "concussion-type" symptoms since returning to play this year.

Cunningham satisfied with win over Widnes

St Helens Star:

9:00am Saturday 25th April 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham was pleased with the way the team bounced back from last week's disappointment against Leeds with the improvement in some players highlighted.

Saints 34 Widnes 16

St Helens Star:

9:58pm Friday 24th April 2015

SAINTS scored what turned out to be an emphatic win over neighbours Widnes with a commanding second half display.

Off the ball: Saints now better at signing local talent - but some still get away

St Helens Star: Vikings playmaker Kevin Brown attempts to bash through the Castleford defence in a Super League meeting last month

12:42pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

SAINTS are much better these days at spotting, nurturing and securing locally born talent than they were before the 1980s.

Injuries leave Saints to ponder full back options

St Helens Star:

11:51am Thursday 23rd April 2015

SAINTS coach Keiron Cunningham has not ruled out bringing in another player to occupy the full back berth in the light of the season ending injury sustained by Jonny Lomax.

Cunningham explains reasons behind Luke Walsh's staggered return to action

St Helens Star:

10:33am Thursday 23rd April 2015

AFTER coming off the bench for the past two games, Saints’ Australian linchpin Luke Walsh will start Friday’s home match against Widnes.

Cunningham highlights poor marker defence as the root cause of their downfall

St Helens Star:

7:35am Saturday 18th April 2015

SAINTS coach Keiron Cunningham blamed his side's poor ruck defence as the main factor behind their 41-16 humbling at home to title rivals Leeds.

Saints embarrassed at home to league leaders

St Helens Star:

10:01pm Friday 17th April 2015

SAINTS have been humbled 41-16 at home to Leeds after a woeful first half display left them with too much to do.

Saints could hand debut to Matty Fleming in tonight's Leeds clash

St Helens Star:

3:56pm Friday 17th April 2015

SAINTS appear set to hand a senior debut to 21-year-old Matty Fleming for tonight's first v second clash at Langtree Park.

OFF THE BALL: Union fanfare indicative of national media treatment

St Helens Star: Kevin Sinfield and Kyle Amor

3:29pm Thursday 16th April 2015

KEVIN Sinfield’s announcement that he was switching to rugby union at the end of the season certainly captured plenty of column inches and an unusual amount of time on the national television and radio sports bulletins.

Match reaction: Cunningham praise for Saints' grit and determination after narrow win

St Helens Star:

8:46pm Sunday 12th April 2015

KEIRON Cunningham paid tribute to his side's grit and determination after they ended a three-game losing streak at Huddersfield.

Luke Walsh drops crucial goal on Saints return

St Helens Star:

4:55pm Sunday 12th April 2015

IT won’t win any awards for game of the season, but Saints’ 11-8 win at Huddersfield was built on character – even if it did need the late arrival of Luke Walsh to seal the spoils.

Walsh, Burns and Wilkin named in the 19-man squad for Huddersfield

St Helens Star: PICTURES: Luke Walsh shows class in tough baptism

2:12pm Friday 10th April 2015

SAINTS have named Luke Walsh, Travis Burns and Jon Wilkin in the 19-man squad for Sunday's First Utility Super League Round 10 clash at Huddersfield Giants.

Off the ball: Easter double header is one RL tradition that should be axed

St Helens Star:

11:55am Thursday 9th April 2015

RUGBY League has been quick, often too quick, in recent years to ditch traditions that have been a big part of the game for decades.

Travis Burns' fighting spirit shows why Saints brought him to Langtree Park

St Helens Star:

11:49am Thursday 9th April 2015

ANYBODY in doubt about some of the qualities that prompted Saints to pay £60,000 to bring stand-off Travis Burns to Langtree Park were given a reminder in the recent game at Hull KR.

Off the ball: Leonie's thirst for learning pays off in Thailand

St Helens Star: Leonie Hardman is heading off to St Petersburg to fight for Great Britain

10:38am Thursday 9th April 2015

It is always good to report on follow up successes of sportsmen and women we feature in the Star.

Keiron Answers: The demands of Easter, Brough and Huddersfield and the importance of genuine halves

St Helens Star:

10:20am Thursday 9th April 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham reviews Easter and looks ahead to Sunday’s trip to Huddersfield, in conversation with the Star’s senior sports writer Mike Critchley.

Big Joe sidelined with a broken leg, but positive news on Walsh, Burns and Wilkin

St Helens Star:

5:36pm Wednesday 8th April 2015

SAINTS have been dealt another massive injury blow with on-song packman Joe Greenwood sidelined for four months with a broken lower leg.

Cunningham 'deeply disappointed with a few individuals' after Hull defeat sees Saints lose three on the bounce

St Helens Star:

8:18pm Monday 6th April 2015


Saints slump to third defeat in a row

St Helens Star:

5:35pm Monday 6th April 2015

SAINTS have lost 28-20 at home to Hull FC.

Cunningham praises Saints' effort in derby defeat

St Helens Star:

9:48pm Friday 3rd April 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham praised the commitment and effort of his injury-hit squad after watching them battle Wigan at a packed-out DW Stadium.

Saints lose Good Friday clash after titanic struggle

St Helens Star:

4:57pm Friday 3rd April 2015

SAINTS have lost a compelling Good Friday derby at Wigan, being edged 12-4 in front of a 24,054 gate.

Wilkin misses Good Friday with a hamstring injury

St Helens Star: Jon Wilkin

2:45pm Friday 3rd April 2015

SKIPPER Jon Wilkin has been withdrawn from today's derby game with a hamstring injury.

Off the ball: Recalling Good Friday battles from the past underlines importance of derby tradition

St Helens Star: Kevin Ward on the charge at Naughton Park

10:58am Thursday 2nd April 2015

GOOD Friday is upon us – the red letter day in rugby league calendar and still the ultimate and original derby.

Cunningham answers: coach talks Burns tackle, the meaning of derby, warrior Wello and his admiration of Shaun Wane

St Helens Star:

10:42am Thursday 2nd April 2015

SAINTS coach Keiron Cunningham had plenty to talk about with the Star’s Mike Critchley ahead of Good Friday’s trip to Wigan.

Saints Wigan clash is about more than two points

St Helens Star:

10:16am Thursday 2nd April 2015

THERE is a lot more than simply two league points at stake tomorrow afternoon when Saints travel to DW Stadium aiming to end a five-match Good Friday losing streak.

Saints chairman Eamonn McManus blasts inconsistent refereeing and disciplinary in the aftermath of Burns' fractured cheekbone

St Helens Star: Eamonn McManus has criticised the team's performance but offered support to under-fire coach Nathan Brown.

4:57pm Wednesday 1st April 2015

SAINTS chairman Eamonn McManus has reacted angrilly to refereeing inconsistencies in the aftermath of the tackle on Travis Burns which saw him suffer a triple cheekbone fracture.

Travis Burns a doubt for Wigan - and he's not the only one

St Helens Star:

7:50pm Monday 30th March 2015

SAINTS playmaker Travis Burns is a doubt for Good Friday’s trip to Wigan after sustaining a facial injury at Hull KR.

10 talking points ahead of the biggest derby in rugby league

St Helens Star:

12:00pm Friday 3rd April 2015

DESPITE last Friday’s first loss of the Super League season Saints will travel to the DW Stadium on Good Friday in good spirits despite still missing some key players.


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