Blogs & Opinion


Most Popular Posts:

Opinion Archive:

Plenty to prove

Can Saints silence their critics?

Stevo Posted 16th March 2012 view comments

It was an amazing fight back from Bradford last weekend as they came back from 24-8 down against Hull KR. That will definitely build their confidence, but the problem is that they just cannot seem to win at home!

They have every opportunity this weekend against a St Helens side that has been wobbling. However if the Bulls are to have any chance then they need to play a lot better than they did in the first half against Kingston Rovers - I just cannot see the Saints defence given them that much leeway!

Hohaia: Can he spark Saints into action?

Hohaia: Can he spark Saints into action?

James Roby still out for Saints and that means there is a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of Lance Hohaia. Hohaia is a great utility player and has got some superb skills; I think it is going to be a great battle between him and Brett Kearney who I thought was outstanding against Hull KR last week.

If there was one man who dragged Bradford Bulls back into the game time and time again it was the fullback Brett Kearney. He just would not lie down. When it looked like all hope was gone, he produced a length of the field break. The confidence came back to Bulls and amazingly the Rovers just capitulated.

If they can put a little bit of doubt in their minds, then Saints may forget about the team play and just go all out individually. That is not how Saints have played over the years.

Quotes of the week


Bradford v St Helens
5.15pm, Sat, Sky Sports 2 HD & Sky Sports 2
Watch on the move with Sky Go
How to remote record

St Helens cannot kick straight to Kearney - give him room and he is lethal. I just hope that they get the right mind-set and finally win a game at home.

There has been a bit of criticism directed at St Helens but this is not the time to panic - they are far from being a poor side and have plenty of quality.

The likes of Jon Wilkin have to stamp his authority on this game and perhaps it is the time for Paul Wellens to be shifted into the pack.

Wellens has a great attitude to rugby league and you have to admire what he has done in the past - he has never been super quick but his positional sense has helped him get away with a loss of speed. I think it's time that Royce Simmons gives him a run in the pack or brings him off the bench and drop back one of the young kids - maybe Gary Wheeler should move to the fullback position.

Simmons is experimenting a bit with this rotation system - sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't but he has got to try and get the formulae right. They have not won a game for four weeks and that is why Bradford have to get into them from the get go.

If they can put a little bit of doubt in their minds, then Saints may forget about the team play and just go all out individually. That is not how Saints have played over the years.

STEVO SAYS: Bradford really need to get off to a flying start against this Saints outfit, and make them doubt themselves.

Having saying that, I think Saints will bounce back. A lot of the critics that has been aimed at them will smart them into action. It won't be easy for him though.

STAR MAN: Lance Hohaia has the responsibility to take over the quick running and quick play of the ball in and around the ruck area. I saw him play against Huddersfield when Roby was injured and thought he had a remarkable game. If he can produce that sort of form then I think Saints will win.

back to top

Other Rugby League Experts:

Latest Posts in Rugby League:

Phil Clarke

It's Grand Final time!

Phil Clarke looks at previous finals between rivals Wigan and St Helens, but who does he think will win?...


Latest News RSS feeds

Full house for St Helens clash

St Helens have sold out their new home Langtree Park for the game against South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Mounis and Casty lead Dragons

Catalans Dragons have appointed Greg Mounis and Remi Casty as co-captains of the club.

Burgess shocked at NRL move

Sky Sports News HQ's Fraser Dainton meets Joe Burgess, who has sealed a move to Sydney Roosters from Wigan Warriors...

Mossop: I nearly joined Leeds

England prop Lee Mossop has revealed he considered joining Leeds before opting to rejoin Wigan.

Leeds to promote from within

Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott insists the young stars already in the fold will help the club impress.


Rugby League Rocks!

Rugby League Rocks!

Get your tickets for Rugby League Rocks as we get set to usher in an exciting new era for the sport.

Top five rugby league moments of 2014

Top five rugby league moments of 2014

We look back on a memorable year of rugby league that includes one heck of a tackle, some trying-scoring acrobatics and THAT punch...

Our experts gives their view on what we can expect from Sam Burgess

Our experts gives their view on what we can expect from Sam Burgess

Sam Burgess has been named on Bath's replacements bench for Friday's clash with Harlequins at the Recreation Ground and much is expected of the former rugby league star known as 'Slammin Sam'.