2010 St Helens RLFC season

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2010 St Helens RLFC season
Super League XV 2nd
Play-off result Runners Up
Challenge Cup Semi-finals
2010 record Wins: 23; Draws: 0; Losses: 8
Points scored For: 946; Against: 547
Team information
Chairman Eamonn McManus
Head coach Mick Potter
Captain
Stadium GPW Recruitment Stadium
Avg. Attend. 13,273
High. Attend. 17,500
(Warrington Wolves, 19 March 2010)
(Wigan Warriors, 4 April 2010)
Top scorers
Tries Francis Meli (21)
Goals Kyle Eastmond (63)
Points Kyle Eastmond (188)
Home colours
Home colours
2009 List of seasons 2011 >

St Helens entered their 136th year in rugby in 2010, their 115th in rugby league, and are in contention for the European Super League, in its 15th Season, and the 109th Challenge Cup.

League table[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 27 22 0 5 922 411 +511 44
2 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 27 20 0 7 946 547 +399 40
3 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 27 20 0 7 885 488 +397 40
4 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 27 17 1 9 725 561 +164 35
5 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 27 16 1 10 758 439 +319 33
6 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC 27 16 0 11 569 584 −15 32
7 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR 27 14 1 12 653 632 +21 29
8 Cruscolours.svg Crusaders RL 27 12 0 15 547 732 −185 24
9 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 27 11 0 16 648 766 −118 22
10 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 27 9 1 17 528 728 −200 19
11 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield 27 9 0 18 539 741 −202 18
12 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds 27 8 0 19 448 857 −409 16
13 Quinscolours.svg Harlequins RL 27 7 0 20 494 838 −344 14
14 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 27 6 0 21 409 747 −338 12
  Teams qualifying for the Play-offs
  St Helens

Source: superleague.co.uk.
Classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference.
Competition points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.

Colours[edit]

St Helens stuck with tradition in selecting their home kit for 2010, with a white and red "vee" jersey, similar to the one worn by stars like Alex Murphy and Tom van Vollenhoven in the 1960s. The away kit is a striking, new colour combination never before seen by the Knowsley Road faithful, a sharp blue jersey with a white "vee" and red trim within the "vee". St Helens also launched a commemorative heritage strip that celebrates St Helens' 110th and final season at Knowsley Road.

Sponsors[edit]

St Helens home jersey for 2010 is sponsored by Frontline Bathrooms, who continue their partnership with the club from last year. St Helens away jersey has a different sponsor, with healthcare cash plan provider Medicash sponsoring the front of the jersey.

Below is a list of St Helens sponsors and partners for 2010:

2010 St Helens RLFC sponsors
Capacity Name
Kit manufacturer Puma
Stadium sponsors GPW Recruitment
Home jersey front sponsor and away jersey collar sponsor Frontline Bathrooms
Away jersey front sponsor Medicash
Shorts sponsor Tudor North West
Home jersey back panel sponsor Hattons Solicitors
Home jersey collar sponsor Live'smart
Arm sponsor James Edward Land Rover
Arm sponsor Knowsley Safari Park
Travel partners NetFlights.com
Travel partners Arriva
Travel partners Hattons Travel
Website partners EMS Internet
Stadium partners Science in Sport
Stadium partners Macmillan Cancer Support
Stadium partners Playing for Success
Stadium partners Ruskin Leisure Limited
Ball providers Steeden
League partners engage Mutual

Pre-season[edit]

St Helens offset the loss of Jason Cayless, Lee Gilmour and Sean Long with the signings of prop forward Nick Fozzard (returning to the club after a year at Hull KR), centre Iosia Soliola from Sydney Roosters and hooker Scott Moore returning from loan spells at Castleford Tigers in 2008 and Huddersfield Giants in 2009. The club also promoted youngsters Jack Bradbury, a centre, and stand-off Lee Gaskell. Matty Smith and Steve Tyrer are again let out on loan, this time both players leaving for Salford City Reds for the season, whilst Chris Dean was "dual-registered" with Widnes Vikings. St Helens saw no coaching change despite finishing trophy-less for the first time in 4 years and some fans calling for the sacking of head coach Mick Potter. The clubs pre-season went well, defeating Widnes and Halifax convincingly before the Under 21's fell to a 44-0 loss to Keighley Cougars.

2010 results and fixtures[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Sunday 27 December[edit]

St Helens vs. Wigan Warriors (off due to icy pitch)

Tuesday 19 January (Karalius Cup)[edit]

Widnes Vikings 26-42 St Helens

Friday 22 January (Mike Bennett Testimonial match)[edit]

St Helens 38-18 Halifax RLFC

Sunday 24 January[edit]

St Helens (Under 21's) 0-44 Keighley Cougars

Super League XV[edit]

Round 1[edit]

St Helens vs Hull

Preview:
The game will see former talismanic scrum-half and captain Sean Long return to Knowsley Road with his new side Hull; ironically as captain. The St Helens squad sees Francis Meli absent as the big Kiwi and Samoa wing is in his native Samoa on compassionate grounds. His place is likely to be taken by Gary Wheeler or Jonny Lomax. Elsewhere, Saints are at full strength, with no place available for second-rows Matty Ashurst or Andy Dixon or prop Gareth Frodsham in the initial 19-man squad.

St Helens 12-32 Hull

St Helens' season got off to the worst possible start with a crushing loss to Hull at a foggy Knowsley Road. Despite a strong start, making good yardage and showing signs of the Saints flair of the Millward and Anderson eras, Saints failed to execute throughout and their defence proved leaky with Willie Manu cantering over in the 25th minute. Epalahame Lauaki barged over 12 minutes after brushing off Leon Pryce, following more shocking defence from the five-time champions, and Hull continued to press after half-time, with Sean Long returning to haunt his former employers in a man-of-the-match performance, and Tom Briscoe adding scores to make the game safe with a 26-0 scoreline. Saints hit back through quick-fire tires from Matt Gidley and Chris Flannery, but again, the finishing touch was found lacking in vital areas, meaning they could not pull off a comeback of old. Kirk Yeaman competed the win in the 75th minute after latching on to a Craig Fitzgibbon hack-on. No doubt, St Helens must improve on their basics should they want to trouble Leeds and usual pace-setters in the top four.

Saturday 6 February 2010 [1]
St Helens Saintscolours.svg 12 - 32 Hullcolours.svg Hull
Tries: Matt Gidley 63'
Chris Flannery 69'

Goals: Kyle Eastmond (2/2)

(Report) Tries: Willie Manu 25'
Epalahame Lauaki 37'
Sean Long 46'
Tom Briscoe 57'
Kirk Yeaman 75'

Goals: Danny Tickle (4/4)
Craig Fitzgibbon (2/2)

Knowsley Road, St Helens, Merseyside[1]
Attendance: 12,142
Referee/s: Ben Thaler

Round 2[edit]

Bradford Bulls vs St Helens

Preview:
The game sees St Helens' big winger Francis Meli return to the initial 19-man squad for the round 2 game at the Odsal Stadium. second-row Matty Ashurst also comes back into contention for Saints. They take the places of centre Iosia Soliola who is out for three to four weeks with an ankle problem and wing Ade Gardner who has and intercostal muscle injury and is out of contention for six to eight weeks. Talismanic hooker and skipper Keiron Cunningham was due to earn his 500th cap in the professional game but missed the fixture due to a family bereavement.

Bradford Bulls 6-38 St Helens

St Helens got back to winning ways after the week previous' crushing loss to Hull with a resounding win at Bradford. Saints started the game well, with Jon Wilkin opening the scoring in the 12th minute. From this St Helens kicked on, Kyle Eastmond kicking a penalty before full-back Paul Wellens scored two of his eventual four tries before the half-hour mark. Saints continued the pressure after the half-time break with Eastmond intercepting and going 80 metres in the 48th minute. Bradford applied the pressure for fifteen minutes, but a mixture of awesome defence and poor decision making from the Bulls meant Saints kept them at nil. Wellens added his third and fourth in the 65th and 71st minutes before Bradford responded through a Matt Orford try and goal; a scant consolation score in the final moments of the game. A mention must go to Leon Pryce who had a hand in no less than 3 of his sides tries against his former employers. St Helens look to be back to their destructive best, and this win may relieve the pressure on under-fire coach Mick Potter.

Sunday 14 February 2010 [2]
Bradford Bullscolours.svg 6 - 38 Saintscolours.svg St Helens
Tries: Matt Orford 79'

Goals: Matt Orford (1/1)

(Report) Tries: Jon Wilkin 12'
Paul Wellens 19', 28', 65', 71'
Kyle Eastmond 48'

Goals: Kyle Eastmond (7/7)

Odsal Stadium, Bradford, West Yorkshire[2]
Attendance: 10,165
Referee/s: Phil Bentham

Catalans Dragons vs St Helens

Preview:
St Helens will be looking to build upon last week's first win of the season at Bradford. However, they do not boast a healthy record at the Stade Gilbert Brutus, winning only twice over four seasons. Andy Dixon earns a recall, whilst Jack Bradbury could make his St Helens début in the game after being named in his maiden 19-man squad. Chris Flannery misses out on the game through a shoulder injury, and he joins Iosia Soliola (ankle) and Ade Gardner (rib cartilage) on the injury list. Keiron Cunningham does not travel due to a family bereavement, as he still awaits his 500th game at professional level.

Catalans Dragons 12-42 St Helens

St Helens got back-to-back wins after a comfortable win over the Dragons in Perpignan. However, it was the Dragons who got the better of the opening exchanges, with Setaimata Sa and Chris Walker going over inside the first ten minutes. Neither scores were converted, but Catalans had an 8-0 lead. However, on the 15 minute mark, Saints found their cutting edge and began to tick, with young winger Jonny Lomax latching on to an inch-perfect Paul Wellens chip. Despite James Graham being off the field with suspected concussion and Jonny Lomax being caught by a dangerous tackle by Olivier Elima which resulted in the French captains sending off, St Helens pressed on and it was Lomax, who shrugged off the shot from Elima to cut inside his opposing winger to score a brilliant try. Kyle Eastmond goaled from the touchline for a 10-8 St Helens lead, and with the extra man advantage, it was looking ominous for the Dragons. Francis Meli got his first of the season after a fine kick form the in-form Leon Pryce, and shortly after, Matt Gidley cut back inside his winger to finish a fine move for the first of his two tries of the evening. Half-time - 8-18 to Saints. The second-half continued in a similar guise, with Maurie Fa'asavalu scoring a trade-mark, barnstorming try under the posts. Eastmond was next to score, Gidley cutting through the defence and flicking the ball back on the inside to Eastmond who sped 30 meters for a fine try. Meli then crossed for his second, finishing well a break from Matty Ashurst. Gidley then got his brace, with a trademark, show and go on the outside to score. That was the end of the St Helens scoring, but by no means the end of the action, with Bryn Hargreaves and Scott Moore involved in a brawl with the Catalans forwards. Walker got his second with five minutes remaining, but the win was in the bag by the hour mark.

Saturday 20 February 2010 [3]
Catalans Catalanscolours.svg 12 - 42 Saintscolours.svg St Helens
Tries: Setaimata Sa 2'
Chris Walker 9', 75'

Goals: William Barthau (0/3)

(Report) Tries: Jonny Lomax 15', 24'
Francis Meli 29', 51'
Matt Gidley 35', 59'
Maurie Fa'asavalu 44'
Kyle Eastmond 48'

Goals: Kyle Eastmond (5/8)

Round 4[edit]

St Helens vs Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

Preview:
The game will St Helens' talismanic skipper Keiron Cunningham return to the fold to make his 500th appearance in professional rugby, following the sudden death of his mother, Annie. However, winger Ade Gardner and centre Sia Soliola still miss out through rib and ankle injuries respectively. Also, second rowers Jon Wilkin and Chris Flannery will both miss the game with shoulder problems, therefore meaning Matty Ashurst will deputise for his first appearance of 2010.

St Helens 22-16 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

St Helens made it three consecutive wins with a hard fought if scrappy win over the in-form Wakefield. Despite a strong, assured start from the Drednaughts with tries from Daryl Millard and young Dale Morton inside the first ten minutes, St Helens finally got going and got onto the scoreboard on 27 minutes with Jonny Lomax notching his third in four games. They continued to apply the pressure in the second half with scores from Kyle Eastmond, Francis Meli and Keiron Cunningham scoring on this landmark game for the hooker. Wakefield applied pressure late on with Millard getting his second, but St Helens held on for the win.

Round 6[edit]

St Helens 37 Crusaders 30

2010 Transfers[edit]

Acquisitions[edit]

Acquisitions
Player Signed from When Signed
Scott Moore Huddersfield Giants (return from loan spell) October 2009
Iosia Soliola Sydney Roosters May 2009
Nick Fozzard Hull KR September 2009
Jack Bradbury Promoted from reserves November 2009
Lee Gaskell Promoted from reserves November 2009
Mid-season signings for 2011
Player Signed from When Signed
Josh Perry Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles June 2010
Michael Shenton Castleford Tigers August 2010
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook Harlequins Rugby League September 2010

Losses[edit]

Losses
Player Signed for When left
Sean Long Hull February 2009
Lee Gilmour Huddersfield Giants August 2009
Steve Tyrer Salford City Reds (loan) November 2009
Matty Smith Salford City Reds (loan) November 2009
Jason Cayless Wests Tigers October 2009
Chris Dean Widnes Vikings (dual registration) December 2009
Jacob Emmitt Leigh Centurions (dual registration) February 2010
Mid-season losses for 2011
Player Signed for When left
Maurie Fa'asavalu Harlequin F.C. July 2010
Matty Smith Salford City Reds July 2010
Bryn Hargreaves Bradford Bulls September 2010
Steve Tyrer Widnes Vikings September 2010
Nick Fozzard Castleford Tigers September 2010
Jacob Emmitt Castleford Tigers September 2010

Current squad[edit]

2010 St Helens RLFC season
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches


Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain

Updated: 11 December 2009
Source(s): St Helens 1st team squad,[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "St Helens 12-32 Hull FC". saintsrlfc.com. 2010-02-06. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  2. ^ a b "St Helens 38-6 Bradford Bulls". saintsrlfc.com. 2010-02-06. Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Saints 42-12 Catalans". saintsrlfc.com. 2010-02-20. Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-21. 
  4. ^ "St Helens 1st team squad". saintsrlfc.com. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2009-12-11.