KEIRON Cunningham had plenty to say after Saints secured a top four playoff spot with a 42-38 win over Castleford.He praised his side’s ability to keep turning up for each other and eventually secure the points – but bemoaned the video refereeing system that saw his side denied a number of tries.“Our start was just what we wanted,” he said. “But the thing that is getting under my skin is the video referee system we have at the moment. It is just becoming a mockery of rugby league. The referee makes a decision on the field and it gets overturned after it has been looked at 1,000 times.“The Jon Wilkin no try is a massive swing for us and if it is given is game over. We had all the possession and at 24-0 it is game over for me.“All credit to Cas though, they had everything to play for and we knew they would come out fighting. We played into their hands. We were hard-nosed at first but then it started getting like touch footy; we missed tackles and were grabbing instead of using our shoulders like we did early in the match.“All credit to the lads though, we had a chat at half time – and Cas they went full length from a kick – but we just kept finding a way. In situations like that over the last few weeks as a team we haven’t found a way but tonight we did. “There was a period tonight where we were right on it and then Percy’s (Mark Percival) try isn’t given. There are blokes putting balls down with their little fingers – Achurch drops the ball last week and punches the floor because he didn’t score and it was given. Percy touched the ball down tonight and gets kicked in his face for his thanks and it is yet again another try overturned.“I think what you are getting is players coaching players how to play the the system. Joe Greenwood doesn’t touch Ben Roberts and he dives on the floor. It automatically goes upstairs when it is a great and well-executed try. At one point we get head and feed at a scrum, the second rower goes down and it is reviewed and overturned. We might as well not have a referee but have a video referee instead.“Three tries weren’t given tonight but we were resilient and hung on in there. We went down the field and scored again. That is the sign of a good side. Would I have liked the score to be better? Of course, but I am happy with the two points. It’s two away wins and I am more than happy with the points against two teams that needed to pick up points.”He continued: “With the ball in hand I thought we we looked electric. Walshy was great, Wilko too and Percy was phenomenal. Everyone stood up for us and backed up the start from last week. I would like our defence to be better but we were lovely with the ball.”
SAINTS’ Betfred Super League campaign continues this afternoon when Castleford Tigers come to the Totally Wicked Stadium.We have a whole host of entertainment both on and off the field to bring you the ultimate matchday experience, which is ideal for all the family.Game Schedule:Turnstiles – Open 1:30pm.Club Face Painters – These will be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and as well as the Totally Wicked North Stand from 1.30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Inflatables – Rugby themed inflatables will be in the North and South West Stands.Crabbie’s – Check out their passing cage game near the Red Vee Cafe Bar – and you can get a free pair of sunglasses if you buy two Crabbie’s (whilst stocks last).Air Factory – Two trampolines from our partners Air Factory St Helens will also be near the bar – jump on and enjoy!Kiosk Food – We have a great range of food for you to sample at selected kiosks and we’ve teamed up with Big Al’s to bring a selection of Burgers and Pizza Twists to the Saints. You can also buy Youth Energy too.Member Offer – If you’re a member, you can take advantage of our any two Grab Bags (chocolate and sweets) for a fiver. Simply present your Membership Card at the kiosks to access this deal.Boots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots, who is sponsored by Small Wonders, will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 1.30pm onwards so look out for him and say hello!The A Star Saints Angels – Will be performing a brand new routine before the game.Half Time – Our Crossbar Challenge in association with OD’s Jewellery & Watch Boutique will take place. Participants can win £100 in ODs vouchers. If you want to take part email the club at [email protected]rlfc.comCash Dash – Check out the great prizes!The match is sponsored by Quick Reach with the Typhoo as our Corporate Sponsor.Team News Saints have named their 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.Tickets Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. Price details are here.There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, Totally Wicked North and East Stands.If you require a South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints Superstore The Saints Superstore is open from 11am until kick-off. We will not be open after the game.Our new look programme #asone will once again be on sale.Featuring an interview with Tommy Makinson it is packed with all you need to know about your Super Saints!The cover has our players on one side of the V and randomly selected 2017 Members on the right hand side! Is your name there?There’s also the latest news and views from around the club, our Academy and community teams.It is priced at £3.Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by Warrington AudiTravelMatchday Car Parking details are here.
The awards, sponsored by CCS & RAK Porcelain, will take place at the Etihad Stadium, home to Manchester City FC on Thursday 20th June 2019. Over 450 guests from 50+ clubs will experience a fine dining four course menu, awards ceremony, followed by an exclusive onsite after party until the very early hours.The Matchday Hospitality Award, Small Stadium (up to 1000 hospitality seats) sponsored by Verteda, is reported by professional Salon Culinaire chef judges who experience hospitality at UK and Irish clubs this season using strict criteria.Dave Hutchinson, General Manager from St. Helens RFC, added: “We are proud to be nominated for such a prestigious award, to be chosen alongside stadia right across the UK covering both Rugby and Football is fantastic for the Club and we are particularly delighted for our staff who work so hard to provide great service and entertainment at every home game this season”Stadium Experience Chair Person Collette Salmon, from Liverpool Football Club, commented: “Stadium teams work tirelessly, striving to bring excellence in their venues for both matchday hospitality and non-matchday events. These awards aim to recognise and celebrate all of this hard work and commitment. Congratulations and best of luck to all of this year’s award nominees – We look forward to announcing the results at The Etihad Stadium in Manchester on 20th June!”The prestigious event aims to recognise the efforts and dedication shown by the catering, conference and events teams at every football and rugby stadium across the UK and Ireland. There will be a total of 14 different award categories, with a Bronze, Silver and Winner award for each presented on the evening.For more information on the awards visit: https://stadiumexperience.com/awards/2019/.