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Martin Murray sets sights on a Langtree Park fight night

St Helens Star:

1:19pm Saturday 28th February 2015

MARTIN Murray may have lost his world title clash against the awesome champion Gennady Golovkin a week ago, but he received a hero's welcome at Langtree Park ahead of last night's match.

We showed grit and determination after losing Kyle, says Cunningham

St Helens Star:

12:14pm Saturday 28th February 2015

KEIRON Cunningham is proud of his troops for backing up from last Sunday's South Sydney mauling to beat Castleford 21-14 last night.

Cunningham to seek clarification on slow rucks

St Helens Star:

9:24am Saturday 28th February 2015

KEIRON Cunningham says he will seek clarification from the referees over the slow play the balls that were a feature of Saints' win over Castleford.

Updated with pictures: Saints pick themselves up to beat Castleford 21-14

St Helens Star:

9:56pm Friday 27th February 2015

SAINTS stay on top of the league after showing plenty of character to see off Castleford.

Super Smith leads the way as St Helens send five qualifiers to UK Open

St Helens Star:

11:49am Thursday 26th February 2015

ST HELENS will have a remarkable five qualifiers taking part in the finals of next month’s Coral UK Open at the Butlins Minehead Resort.

Off the ball: No shame in losing to world's best

St Helens Star:

11:24am Thursday 26th February 2015

IT was hard to be anything but deflated after a weekend that promised so much ended the way it did with a defeat for Martin Murray and a right old mullering for the Saints.

Defiant Martin Murray challenge opens more doors than it closes

St Helens Star:

9:46am Thursday 26th February 2015

MARTIN Murray’s heroic defeat against the phenomena that is Gennady Golovkin has opened more doors than it has closed – and the offers will be flooding in.

Luke Walsh will not be rushed back before he is ready, declares Cunningham

St Helens Star:

5:29pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

SAINTS coach Keiron Cunningham has explained that star scrum half Luke Walsh will not be rushed back until his ankle is good and ready.

Saints make changes for Castleford clash

St Helens Star:

5:07pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham believes his team will bounce back at home to Castleford on Friday night.

Cunningham: We got schooled by best side in the world

St Helens Star:

11:59pm Sunday 22nd February 2015

KEIRON Cunningham expressed his bitter disappointment after seeing his Saints team succumb to the heaviest ever World Club Challenge defeat.

Saints crushed by Australian champs in World Club Challenge

St Helens Star:

9:14pm Sunday 22nd February 2015

SAINTS were taught a harsh lesson by NRL champions South Sydney in front of a packed Langtree Park crowd.

Saints trail badly at half time of World Club Challenge

St Helens Star: Mark Percival storms through

8:05pm Sunday 22nd February 2015

SAINTS are being taught a harsh lesson by NRL champions South Sydney in front of a packed Langtrree Park crowd.

Updated with pictures: Martin Murray shows character and guts but is stopped by ruthless Golovkin

St Helens Star:

12:52am Sunday 22nd February 2015

MARTIN Murray showed guts and character in spades, and no little skill, in his world title challenge against Gennady Golovkin before finally being stopped in round 11.

Brave Martin Murray loses to Gennady Golovkin in Monte Carlo

St Helens Star:

11:56pm Saturday 21st February 2015

MARTIN Murray put in a brave performance before losing to unbeaten WBA, IBO middleweight and WBC Interim champion Gennady Golovkin in Monte Carlo.

How Martin Murray made graveside tribute to former mentor ahead of Gennady Golovkin fight

St Helens Star:

8:00am Saturday 21st February 2015

SHORTLY before boarding the plane to South Africa seven weeks ago world middleweight contender Martin Murray fulfilled what is now a standard pre-fight ritual by visiting the graveside of his former trainer John Chisnall.

Saints, Wigan and Warrington put on a united front for World Series showdown

St Helens Star:

12:49pm Thursday 19th February 2015

LEADING figures from the three English clubs preparing for this weekend’s ground-breaking World Series are putting aside their traditional rivalry and have adopted a united front against the cream of the NRL.

Greenwood continues to repay faith in him with two tries in Salford triumph

St Helens Star:

12:16pm Thursday 19th February 2015

JOE Greenwood continued to repay the faith placed in him by coach Keiron Cunningham with another fine display as Saints coasted to victory over the Red Devils.

Last time around: When Scully produced his Roy of the Rovers act to tame the Brisbane Broncos

St Helens Star:

5:10pm Thursday 19th February 2015

ROY of the Rovers type story lines very rarely happen in cold, hard reality of professional sport – but when they do occur it takes a special sort of character to pen them.

Two worlds will collide when Mose Masoe meets George Burgess, part II

St Helens Star:

4:30pm Thursday 19th February 2015

TWO worlds collide may be a marketing slogan for the upcoming Super League clubs clashes against the cream of the NRL – but for two players that statement is probably being taken literally.

Martin Murray not fazed by the destructive power of GGG

St Helens Star:

11:27am Thursday 19th February 2015

MIDDLEWEIGHT contender Martin Murray will be in prime mental and physical condition when he challenges the formidable Gennady Golovkin for the world crown.

Rabbitohs skipper Greg Inglis highlights James Roby as Saints' key threat

St Helens Star:

11:04am Thursday 19th February 2015

SOUTH Sydney Rabbitohs skipper Greg Inglis says his team will not be taking Saints lightly when they run out in front of a fervent Langtree Park crowd on Sunday night.

Cunningham likely to stick with winning team for World Club showdown against South Sydney Rabbitohs

St Helens Star:

10:45am Thursday 19th February 2015

SUNDAY night’s World Club Challenge against South Sydney Rabbitohs at an 18,000 sold-out Langtree Park promises to be a humdinger of an occasion with big stories on and off the pitch.

Off the ball: Martin Murray is a fine ambassador for St Helens

St Helens Star:

10:26am Thursday 19th February 2015

HAS this town ever experienced a sporting weekend like this?

Wilkin - We are going out there to win, not simply compete

St Helens Star:

5:44pm Wednesday 18th February 2015

SAINTS skipper Jon Wilkin has had February 22 penned in his diary in big red letters ever since missing last year’s Grand Final through a shoulder injury.

Greg Inglis leads a strong Souths squad for World Club Challenge game against Saints

St Helens Star: Greg Inglis

10:10am Sunday 15th February 2015

SAINTS' World Club Challenge opponents South Sydney Rabbitohs have named a strong 20-man squad for the journey.

Saints to train with St George-Illawarra ahead of World Series

St Helens Star: Saints Rugby Stadium, St Helens

10:28pm Friday 13th February 2015

SAINTS will have an opposed training session against their Australian namesakes as both teams prepare for their World Series encounters.

Pictures: Key moments of Saints' half century mauling of Salford Red Devils

St Helens Star:

9:38am Friday 13th February 2015

SAINTS marched to the top of the Super League with a 52-6 thrashing of the Salford Red Devils. Photographer Bernard Platt was there to capture the key plays of the match.

Keiron Cunningham pays tribute to his middle men after seeing off the Red Devils

St Helens Star:

1:12am Friday 13th February 2015

KEIRON Cunningham was proud of his men after watching them crush the big spending Salford Red Devils 52-6 to move to the top of the league.

Saints cruise past Red Devils

St Helens Star:

10:20pm Thursday 12th February 2015

SAINTS continued their title defence with a comfortable 52-6 win over the Red Devils.

Saints in the driving seat at Salford at half time

St Helens Star: Joe Greenwood

9:04pm Thursday 12th February 2015

Saints are well in control at half time at Salford, leading the Red Devils 20-6.

Saints make three changes for Salford clash

St Helens Star:

7:43pm Thursday 12th February 2015

SAINTS make three changes to the side that won against Catalans last Friday.

Off the Ball: Legends' return is on merit, not sentiment

St Helens Star:

1:11pm Thursday 12th February 2015

It probably gets a bit repetitive to report it all the time, but big man Mose Masoe is the latest player to wax lyrical about the input of Saints’ assistant coach Sean Long.

James Roby shows his class in masterful 65-tackle display

St Helens Star:

7:30am Thursday 12th February 2015

IT has taken James Roby just one game of the new season to remind the pretenders to his crown as Super League’s top hooker that the bar is set pretty high.

Cunningham expects team's focus to be totally on Salford

St Helens Star:

4:56pm Wednesday 11th February 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham does not expect any of his players to have half an eye on next week’s World Club Challenge game when they run out at Salford tomorrow.

Luke Walsh's Saints return delayed by niggles and virus

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

8:49am Tuesday 10th February 2015

SAINTS will again be missing star scrum half Luke Walsh for Thursday’s round two Super League game at Salford.

Updated with pictures: Saints defeat Catalans 18-7 to get title defence off to a winning start

St Helens Star:

10:18pm Friday 6th February 2015

SAINTS got their Super League title defence off to a winning start against a stubborn Catalans side – but stoppages, errors and penalties threatened to spoil the party at Langtree Park.

Lomax: Wello's continued presence will be fantastic for my development

St Helens Star:

9:34am Friday 6th February 2015

IT has been an agonising and often frustrating time for Saints number one Jonny Lomax, who missed last year’s run to the Grand Final after needing surgery on ruptured cruciate ligaments.

Not a soundbite, but in new format Super League XX every game will count

St Helens Star:

9:28am Friday 6th February 2015

So here it is - Super League XX. Let’s hope that those numerals represent new Saints skipper Jon Wilkin planting a couple of smackers on that big silver lump come October.

Jon Wilkin: Saints now better at getting most out of 'young man's squad

St Helens Star:

9:21am Friday 6th February 2015

JON Wilkin knows only too well that he has pretty big boots to fill after taking the captain’s armband from his good friend Paul Wellens – but he will bring his own philosophies and outlook to the post and relishing the challenge.

Players will be picked on form, not reputation

St Helens Star:

6:50pm Thursday 5th February 2015

ONE of the positive side effects of Saints’ various injury crises over the last two terms has been the squad increasing its depth purely by youngsters earning their spurs in the heat of the battle.

Cunningham's call - good sides win a trophy, great sides back it up

St Helens Star:

1:11pm Thursday 5th February 2015

EVEN for a club that is used to setting the bar of expectation high, topping the Lazarus-style comeback that saw Saints run around Old Trafford with the trophy last October will take some beating.

Off the Ball: World Series places will be highly sought after next season

St Helens Star: Brothers, from left, Thomas, George, Luke and Sam with mum Julie Burgess

12:10pm Thursday 5th February 2015

I will put my hands up and admit to being a bit cynical when the plans for an expanded World Series were first announced last September.

Saints' CEO Mike Rush seeking positive spin offs from World Club Challenge

St Helens Star: Mike Rush - makes case for defence

11:19am Thursday 5th February 2015

SAINTS will be looking to make the most of their time in the global rugby league spotlight when they host South Sydney Rabbitohs in the World Club Challenge showpiece on February 22.

Carney v Burns duel will light up Saints' Super League opener

St Helens Star:

11:14am Thursday 5th February 2015

CHAMPIONS Saints will have to be on their mettle when they begin the defence of their title with a tough home clash against a Catalans Dragons side that have recruited well in the off-season.

Off the ball: Championship clubs need to be competitive for system to work - but they have to be prudent too

St Helens Star:

11:13am Thursday 29th January 2015

WE are just a week away from Super League XX which, with its new fixture format, is being billed as the dawning of a new era – and at the top end you can certainly taste the anticipation.

Lance Hohaia to revert to utility role

St Helens Star:

10:41am Thursday 29th January 2015

LANCE Hohaia will revert to his role as a utility player again this term – covering several positions with his versatility meaning that he could be a useful asset off the bench.

Wellens still has a big role to play at Saints - on and off the park

St Helens Star:

10:34am Thursday 29th January 2015

PAUL Wellens still has a massive part to play at Saints – on and off the field – despite handing over the skipper’s armband.

Big Alex Walmsley craves more silverware after the success of 2014

St Helens Star:

4:46pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

THE two pre-season games have shown that big prop Alex Walmsley is fully fit again and raring to go after an off season operation on a hip injury that had troubled him for virtually the entire 2014 campaign.

Cunningham left with selection headache after Joe Greenwood's displays

St Helens Star:

7:18pm Sunday 25th January 2015

SAINTS boss Keiron Cunningham drew plenty of satisfaction from seeing his side run in five tries against rivals Wigan in the 28-12 win Langtree Park.

Updated match report with pictures: Saints can draw plenty of satisfaction from both halves of win over Wigan

St Helens Star:

6:17pm Sunday 25th January 2015

SAINTS and Wigan renewed hostilities - with this friendly clash at Langtree Park again serving up an incident-packed game from the off.


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