KEIRON Cunningham has been giving his thoughts ahead of this week’s First Utility Super League Super 8s game with Hull FC.Saints head into the match on the back off a 26-16 loss at Catalans – but have put that to bed as they aim to return to winning ways at Langtree Park.“We were really disappointed with the result but we have to move on,” Cunningham said. “We would have liked to have got the points but we have a game this week to recoup some form.“We were a little bit off in some areas and had plenty of chances. I thought we were a little harshly done too as well. There was a lopsided penalty count and a try disallowed that I thought was a try all the way. Having seen it a few times there is no way it cannot be a try. But, there’s nothing we can do about it now and we have to look ahead to the next match.“Some of the senior players weren’t as great as they could have been. When they lost a man – and it was a shoulder charge to the head – we still had plenty of opportunities. There was the disallowed try, Matty Dawson should have scored in one corner and Josh Jones should have put Adam Swift away in the other.“We had those chances even though we didn’t play that great. They didn’t score in the second half other than goals but it was two points lost for us.”He continued: “We faced Catalan and they had to win, now have Hull FC who have to do the same. The draw hasn’t helped us but that is the nature of the competition. The teams around us play these sides later down the track when if they lose a few it won’t matter. We have to play what is in front of us through and once again we had plenty of opportunities to win that game.“Hull played well against Castleford and I have no idea how they lost that game. They looked carefree and it was the best I’d seen them attack all year. To do that at Castleford is no mean feat. They will come at us for sure as all sides do at Langtree Park.“But I have seen something with my boys this week that I haven’t for a couple of weeks. There is a glimmer in their eye and an air of determination to play well this week.”Keiron could welcome back Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook into the line-up after he missed the Catalan game as his wife is expecting. Jordan Turner could come into the reckoning too after being in the 19 man squad last week.And, although he won’t be ready for Hull FC, there’s good news on Tommy Makinson.“He isn’t far off!” Keiron added. “He is training with us and is probably another week away. If he comes through and passes his progressions there’s a good chance he will be back next week.“Atelea Vea is a few weeks off and Jon Wilkin around three to four weeks.”Tickets for Friday’s game are on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.
Day 11 – Thursday October 19We did a few simple exercises and stretches before the usual winner’s breakfast of BBQ cooked sausage, bacon and egg barmcakes.Shortly after breakfast we made the trip over to Manly once again, but this time it was for another recovery session in the ocean by the way of a surfing lesson.The instructors at Manly Surf School were excellent and worked their magic as everyone who took part. Players and staff were able to jump up onto their feet and remain balanced for a few seconds at least… however the problems started when they actually left dry land and entered the water.As the instructors were looking for landmarks for the lads to stay in-between, he pointed to an individual who was flat out on the beach in the distance and explained: “Don’t go past the guy there lying down, he doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere quick.”To the lads’ amusement it was coach Shaun Ryan who had sneaked off for a snooze!As much as everyone tried hard, and that is one quality that this group certainly have in abundance, there were only a select few that actually mastered the art.Matty Foster, Sam Royle and Christian Kellett were a few who managed to ride the waves but best by far was Luke Maloney-Ward who took to the surf like a natural.Special mentions must go to some of the staff who took part. Craig Richards conquered his fear of water to have a go, Ste Marsh tried too but best of all was Derek Hardman. It was his third lesson and has finally managed to get up onto his feet and ride a wave.As much fun as the activity was, it certainly was physically demanding and the bus journey home was a bit subdued with some tired lads before our first trip of the tour to the hugely impressive Panthers Leagues club for our evening meal.