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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.

Match reaction: Saints pay price for poor execution

St Helens Star:

8:54am Saturday 28th March 2015

KEIRON Cunningham accepted Hull KR were more than worthy winners on Friday night despite watching his side nearly grab a point.

Saints lose at Hull KR

St Helens Star:

10:17pm Friday 27th March 2015

SAINTS have lost their unbeaten record in Super League after going down 24-22 at Hull KR.

Rooney wins English squash title

St Helens Star:

12:47pm Thursday 26th March 2015

ST HELENS squash player Patrick Rooney continued his steady progress in the sport by winning the Tecnifibre English Junior Championships at Edgbaston Priory.

Off the ball: Review of the interchange rules could lead to game being opened up

St Helens Star:

10:46am Thursday 26th March 2015

IT has got to be positive news to hear that the RFL are working with the NRL in Australia on a review of the interchange rules.

Cunningham Answers: Wilko's leadership, spelling Roby and managing Wello's contribution

St Helens Star:

10:23am Thursday 26th March 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham was delighted at the way his side buried their home hoodoo against Warrington to stretch their winning run to six out of six this season.

Keiron Cunningham accuses Tony Smith of 'sour grapes'

St Helens Star:

7:50pm Monday 23rd March 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham has accused his Warrington counterpart Tony Smith of "sour grapes" over comments arising after Thursday’s match.

PICTURES: 10 key points from Saints' 'brilliant' win over Warrington

St Helens Star:

11:24am Friday 20th March 2015

SAINTS pushed ahead at the top of Super League after recording their first ever home win over Warrington Wolves since leaving Knowsley Road.

Cunningham hails brilliant Saints after impressive win over Warrington Wolves

St Helens Star:

7:25am Friday 20th March 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham hailed his side's performance as brilliant as they swept their sixth league win out of six after a 32-24 win over Warrington.

UPDATED report and pictures: Saints 32 Warrington Wolves 24

St Helens Star:

10:15pm Thursday 19th March 2015

SAINTS have buried their Langtree Park hoodoo against Warrington Wolves with a thrilling 32-24.

Saints tight-lipped on Shaun Kenny-Dowall speculation

St Helens Star: Win the VIP treatment to watch Saints play Widnes

11:16am Thursday 19th March 2015

SAINTS are remaining tight-lipped on speculation in the Australian press linking the club with Sydney Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

Jon Wilkin to take on another role in the middle when Luke Walsh returns

St Helens Star:

10:22am Thursday 19th March 2015

SKIPPER Jon Wilkin could be handed a new role in middle of the field when scrum half Luke Walsh finally returns from his lengthy lay off.

Cunningham Answers: Warrington have some big boppers in the middle, but we are not a small side either

St Helens Star:

5:38pm Wednesday 18th March 2015

SAINTS coach Keiron Cunningham talked to the Star’s Mike Critchley about the team’s unbeaten start, the challenge of Warrington and the role of Lance Hohaia.

St Helens v Warrington teams: Roby and Amor return for Warrington Wolves clash

St Helens Star:

2:09pm Tuesday 17th March 2015

JAMES Roby and Kyle Amor return to Saints 19-man squad for Thursday's First Utility Super League Round Six clash with Warrington Wolves.

Skipper Jon Wilkin signs new deal

St Helens Star: Jon Wilkin

4:20pm Monday 16th March 2015

SAINTS skipper Jon Wilkin has signed 12-month contract extension at the club.

Luke Walsh to return to action in April; plus latest injury news on Mark Percival and Jonny Lomax

St Helens Star: Luke Walsh was very impressive in the win over Castleford and clicked again with Lance Hohaia. 	Picture: Bernard Platt

4:12pm Monday 16th March 2015

SAINTS expect scrum half Luke Walsh to be back in action after Easter.

10 talking points from Saints' win over Widnes

St Helens Star:

11:45am Monday 16th March 2015

Saints came from 14-6 down at Widnes at half rime, to eventually triumph 30-20.

Praise for Atelea Vea's immense performance

St Helens Star:

1:13am Saturday 14th March 2015

KEIRON Cunningham was happy with his side's second half transformation which saw them turn a 14-6 deficit into a 30-20 triumph.

Saints defeat Widnes 30-20 to move top of the table

St Helens Star:

10:31pm Friday 13th March 2015

SAINTS came back from a 14-6 half time deficit to take the spoils at Widnes.

Off the ball: Quick play the balls are now a lottery

St Helens Star:

10:22am Thursday 12th March 2015

WATCH any game of rugby league from the 1970s and see how simple the process of a player running the ball in, being tackled, regaining his feet and playing the ball used to be.

Lomax and Percival await scan results, Flanagan has surgery on tear duct

St Helens Star:

5:13pm Monday 9th March 2015

SAINTS will be without full back Jonny Lomax, centre Mark Percival and loose forward Mark Flanagan for Friday’s short trip to Widnes.

10 images from Saints' gritty win at Wakefield

St Helens Star:

12:47pm Monday 9th March 2015

SAINTS had to dig deep and overcome plenty of adversity to keep their winning Super League run going at Wakefield.

Cunningham proud of his injury hit team

St Helens Star:

2:08am Saturday 7th March 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham was proud of the way his injury-ravaged team dug deep to see off Wakefield's challenge to maintain a 100 per cent record after four rounds of the Super League.

Updated with pictures: Saints win at Wakefield - but are in the wars

St Helens Star:

10:36pm Friday 6th March 2015

SAINTS survived a monumental scare at Wakefield to cling on to their winning start to the Super League season.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: The flame lit by Precky motivates Scully for his Marathon des Sables challenge

St Helens Star:

1:05pm Thursday 5th March 2015

BACK-to-back Man of Steel Paul Sculthorpe has never been the sort of bloke to shirk a physical challenge – but next month will see him tackle by far his toughest test to date.

Saints will adjust attack and defence to deal with slower rucks

St Helens Star:

12:06pm Thursday 5th March 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham has received clarification from the RFL’s head of match officials Jon Sharp over the apparent change in how the ruck is being policed.

Cunningham expects Wakefield to make it a bit of an arm wrestle

St Helens Star:

11:06am Thursday 5th March 2015

SUSPENSIONS and injury means that league-leading Saints will have to tweak their team a bit for Friday night’s tricky trip to Wakefield.

Off the ball: Increase in in-play punishments can have its pitfalls

St Helens Star:

IT is fair to say video technology and the extra pairs of eyes watching the game has generally been a good thing for rugby league.


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