DOMINIQUE Peyrouxs first tries for the club weren

first_imgDOMINIQUE Peyroux’s first tries for the club weren’t enough as Saints went down 38-12 to Sydney Roosters in Game One of the World Club Series.The centre grabbed a brace in the second half as Keiron Cunningham’s men produced a battling performance against the NRL Minor Premiers.In fact for the first 20 minutes Saints were well in the fight.They forced a drop out right from the kick off and then Luke Walsh almost won a 40:20 with a superb kick.Moments later a little intricacy from Jon Wilkin had the Roosters back peddling.The defence then repelled three sets as Sydney attempted to profit from Jake Friend’s jinking run.Saints were certainly on top and when the Roosters lost the ball the home side went for it after seeing space on the right.But the freeplay wasn’t utilised in international rules much to the dismay of the home support.And from that play, the Roosters scored. Jack Owens was unlucky to find himself caught in goal and from the drop out Kane Evans showed his strength to get over.27 minutes in and the Roosters scored again. It was a lovely passing move that saw the Blake Ferguson cross; coming from inside their own half … but the final pass was at least a yard forward.Saints won back to back sets from some superb defence at the half hour mark – but failed to control the ball when it mattered most.And as the half entered its final stages a high Jon Wilkin ball looked to give Saints space on the right hand side – but the loose ball was collected and Dave Copley increased the advantage. Saints needed to start the second half strongly and they did just that.A fantastic set was completed by a high Jon Wilkin ball that caused panic in the defence.Blake Ferguson spilled it but Dominique Peyroux was there to mop up over the line.Saints defended another set admirably and then Peyroux forced an error right in prime Sydney territory.And the centre almost capped that piece of play with a fine pass to Makinson, but he just couldn’t haul it in.A minute later, the Roosters scored.Saints dropped back for the kick on the last and Latrell Michell got the ball wide to Shaun Kenny-Dowall and he scorched down the right hand side.And Guerra treated the home support to a masterclass in finishing a try following some superb handling shortly afterwards.Dylan Napa was sinbinned for a high shot on Adam Swift at the hour mark and Saints utilised the space perfectly.A simple passing move created the space for Peyroux to cross for his second.Another kick over the top forced a drop out five minutes later but Vea’s pass was intercepted by Tupou and he went the length.Saints had a dig in the final stages but another ball went to the ground and the chance was gone.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Peyroux (2), Goals: Walsh (2 from 2)Roosters:Tries: Evans, Guerra (2), Ferguson, Copley, Kenny-Dowall, TupouGoals: Hastings (5 from 6)Penalties:Saints: 4Roosters: 3HT: 0-22FT: 12-38REF: Ben ThalerATT: 14,008Teams:Saints: 22. Jack Owens; 2. Tommy Makinson, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Adam Swift; 12. Jon Wilkin, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Alex Walmsley, 6. Travis Burns, 16. Andre Savelio, 20. Joe Greenwood, 11. Atelea Vea, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 14. Lama Tasi, 17. Luke Thompson, 28. Morgan Knowles.Roosters: 1. Blake Ferguson; 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Dale Copley, 4. Latrell Mitchell, 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall; 6. Jayden Nikorima, 7. Jackson Hastings; 8. Kane Evans, 9. Jake Friend, 10. Dylan Napa, 11. Aidan Guerra, 12. Mitchell Aubusson, 24. Sio Siua Taukeiaho.Subs: 13. Sam Moa, 14. Isaac Liu, 15.  Vincent Leuluai, 16. Ian Henderson.last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham is looking forward to locking ho

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham is looking forward to locking horns with Hull FC this Sunday.Saints take on the Airlie Birds in the Sixth Round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup at Langtree Park with a quarter final place at stake.It’ll be the second time the two sides have met this season – with Hull FC edging a 17-16 win back in April.But Saints head into the clash fit and in decent form following their win over Castleford on Sunday.“We just had to keep believing in what we were doing (at Cas) because in the first half we weren’t that far short,” hie said. “We played against a resilient Cas side that came off a heavy scoreline the week before. We knew they would come out fighting and they did that.“We weren’t as clinical as we could have been in the first half. We had plenty of opportunities to put them to the sword but Cas being Cas, they scored points.“We knew we would get our shot though and in the second half we were the better team.“We got out to a lead with 15 to go and defended it. They had a lot of opportunities on our line and the lads just defended well and kept on fighting. Then we sealed the game with a try.“They scored three tries from kicks but only broke our system once. We have to get that escort better on the edges for kicks and if we do that then we won’t be far short.“Good sides win games by defending leads no matter what sides chuck at them.”Saints will head into Sunday’s game with a clean bill of health.Jonny Lomax is continuing to improve each week and there’s a very slim chance Adam Swift could also feature.“It’s touch and go for Swifty; we’ll give him a shot but it is unlikely,” Keiron added. “In any case the outside backs have done well in the last few weeks and it would be a shame to change them.“Jonny showed improvement on Sunday. There are good things and bad things in his game at the moment but that is understandable considering it has been 13 or so months since he last played.“He will be firing on all cylinders soon and at the weekend proved he is a game breaker.”He continued: “It was a good game the last time we played Hull FC. We came off a big game against Widnes on Easter Monday and didn’t rest anyone whilst they brought six or seven fresh bodies into the game. We fought until the last minute and had our shot at a field goal whilst they took theirs.“This time we have a longer turnaround and with some of our starting players back I’d like to think we would be better than on that night. It’s an important game for us – but every game is and we will go out and prepare well.“Sika Manu and Frank Pritchard will be missing for them and of course, the least amount of good players playing for them is better for us. But they will bring back Ellis and Minichiello and they are good players.“They are the form side in the comp and will take some beating.“I’d like to think it could be our year and we always believe that is the case here. We have a real affiliation with the Challenge Cup in this town and were close to going to Wembley last season.“I’m sure the fans will turn out for us as they have been immense in the last couple of weeks. Against Leeds it was like Knowsley Road of old and they brought us home. It meant a lot to myself and the players to see and hear that.“On Sunday at Cas they were superb too and were our 18th man. They have a real influence on the game.”Saints v Hull will kick off at 4.30pm on Sunday May 8.Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455052 or online here.last_img read more

EU to start infringement procedure against Italy – paper

first_imgThe European Commission will launch disciplinary procedures against Italy on Wednesday with a letter stating that Rome’s fiscal policies lack prudence and could expose the nation to a shock loss of market confidence, newspaper La Repubblica said.The newspaper quoted from what it said was a draft of a letter to be sent to the Italian government, which has embarked on major new welfare initiatives in an effort to boost the euro zone’s third-largest economy.The daily also said the commission would ask Rome to make budget cuts of around 3-4 billion euros to avoid EU sanctions, though it did not source this to the draft letter.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more