WILLIE Manu is enjoying his partnership with Francis Meli and expects it to get better each week.The former Hull FC loose forward has struck up a good understanding with his centre teammate over the last three weeks – and it’s played a part in Saints three wins on the spin.“We weren’t at our best against London,” he said. “We are trying to improve every week, and it was a good result for us, but we know we could do better.“We were a little lethargic in the game – I suppose that is because of the short turnaround from our trio to France – and I thought we did well to finish with a good score.“We are taking every game as it comes but we want to finish as high as we can. Finishing fifth will give us a home semi too.”He continued: “My partnership with Franny can only get better. We have had a short time to work on it and we will keep on working. It has gone well.”
SAINTS expect Sia Soliola to return this weekend.The 27-year-old second rower suffered a foot injury in the Exiles loss to England in June.“He should be fit to play this week,” Saints Head Coach Nathan Brown said. “He has done well in his rehab and his return is good for the club as he adds strike and experience.”There’s more good news as James Roby is also back up and running as he continues progress from an ankle injury – but there is no time set for his return.Gareth O’Brien though will miss this week’s match at Wakefield after the high shots he suffered against Wigan and Catalan respectively.“He has passed his cog test but we the advice we have is he needs to sit out three weeks,” Brown added. “This will be the second of the three he will miss.”#saintsheartbeat – Season Tickets for 2014 are now on sale. Click the image below to find out more.
The 25-year-old was the comprehensive winner for his displays during Scotland’s Four Nations tournament at the end of 2016“Adam again proved to be an outstanding performer for Scotland last year,” head coach Steve McCormack said. “His performance in the Four Nations was absolutely outstanding and he proved to be one of the best front rowers in the competition. We’re looking for Adam to have another good season and build towards the World Cup in Australia in October.”Previous winners of this prestigious award include two of Walker’s current team-mates and Huddersfield duo Danny Brough and Dale Ferguson, while Scotland assistant coach John Duffy won it in 2011.Dave Valentine Award – Scotland Senior Team Player of the Year 2015 David Scott – Doncaster2014 Danny Brough – Huddersfield Giants2013 Luke Douglas – Gold Coast Titans2012 Ben Fisher – Catalans Dragons2011 John Duffy – Leigh Centurions2010 Dale Ferguson – Wakefield Trinity2009 Mick Nanyn – Harlequins RL2008 Iain Morrison – Widnes Vikings2007 Duncan MacGillivray – Wakefield Trinity2006 Neil Lowe – Doncaster Lakers2005 Jon Steel – Hull KR2004 Chris Birchall – HalifaxAdam and his teammates will be in action twice this month when we take on Widnes Vikings on Sunday January 22 and Castleford Tigers on Sunday January 29 in pre-season friendlies.To buy tickets for these matches click here.
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