MARCHING? These Saints are charging their way to glory!

We brushed aside Castleford 36-16 in the last of the six Magic Weekend games at Anfield.

That of course put us back six points clear at the top of Betfred Super League with our closest rivals Warrington putting one over Wigan 24 hours earlier.

The whole weekend was a great success, some fantastic games in a stadium to suit. Almost 57,000 people over the two days created a great RL atmosphere.

Yet again our sport showcased its true values, with families from all clubs enjoying the weekend together. Everyone who attended spoke highly of the stadium and the Liverpool FC staff who were very accommodating.

The Saints performance clearly showed why we are top of the table.

Jonny Lomax took the man of the match performance with some classy touches, but he was pushed all the way by a number of players namely Theo Fages and Lachlan Coote.

I thought Theo ran the game superbly, controlling our attacking options and kicking game. He was instrumental in a number of tries, as was Coote who gets better and better as the weeks go on.

His positional play is exceptional, but I just love the way he make the simple decisions on attack and looks like he has all the time in the world!

Giving the ‘glory boys’ out wide the opportunity to sparkle were the forwards, and leading this was the outstanding Alex Walmsley.

A lot was made pre-game of the big man’s battle with Castleford prop Liam Watts.

As I predicted last week, there was only one winner!

Alex obviously made a point of winning this battle, numerous times pinpointing Watts to run over, while the Saints defence and speed of line completely nullified his offload game, which took away a lot of the Tigers threat.

Saints, now with 15 wins in the last 16 league games, are 11/10 with the league’s title sponsors Betfred to win the Grand Final at Old Trafford on October 12. Wire are 7/4, with current champs Wigan still in there at 12/1 – the same odds as the Catalan Dragons.

One talking point from the final game of the weekend was the sin-binning of our skipper James Roby for an alleged ‘crusher tackle’ on Castleford half-back Jake Trueman.

I’m all for the well-being of players being priority, however the nature of the sport players will pick up injuries, and I believe we can’t control some of the positions players find themselves in.

I fully support the rules concerning injuring of players knowing players are in a vulnerable position, but this was not the case on Sunday. However James still found himself with a yellow card.

When an attacking player ‘backs’ into the defensive line he is always going to be vulnerable.

Everyone who knows James Roby knows he is an ultimate professional and would never intentionally injure a fellow player.