SAINTS take on Salford — weather permitting — on Friday night in a game that may bring back a few memories from the last time these two sides met in the snow.

Back in March 2013, fans huddled in the stand and groundstaff had to work hard to keep markings clear as Saints toiled to a 14-10 triumph.

Saints have taken precautions and covers are down to try and repel the ‘Beast from the East’ blast of extremely cold weather.

They take on a Salford side that secured its first win of the campaign at the weekend after previously being unlucky against unbeaten Wakefield.

The Red Devils have a big set of forwards, plenty of strike in the three quarter and are well-marshalled by orchestrator Rob Lui.

Saints won’t be taking anything for granted in their first home game for a month.

Coach Justin Holbrook said: “Salford have got some strong outside backs and in Robert Lui in the halves they have a very player.

“They had a very strong win against Hull KR and could have beaten Wakefield a week before.

“They will be a tough opposition.”

Lui is a smart player, who can really grab the game by the scruff of the neck.

But arguably it was his attempt to pull something off in the corresponding fixture last term that allowed Matty Smith the chance to poach the winning drop goal.

That famously capped an incredible finale after saints had trailed 24-8 with eight minutes left on the clock.

“Last time was an exciting finish, but it will better to play for the full 80 rather than leave it for a flourish at the end,” Holbrook said.