ROYCE Simmons is expecting his side to be fully refreshed following their four-day break and ready to take on Hull KR this Sunday.The Robins currently lie in ninth in Super League and need every point as they chase the playoffs – and that will mean nothing less than a tough match at a place Saints haven’t won in the league at since 2007.“They are a tough side to face,” Simmons said. “They have two real good back rowers who run good lines in Ben Galea and Clint Newton and their half backs have been playing together for a couple of weeks now after injury.“They also have two big quick centres and a reasonably big pack of forwards too. They are a good all round side.“I know we beat them comfortably in our last game but the game before that was touch and go for 60 minutes. And we have to travel to their ground this Sunday which is always a hard place to go.“The lads have had four days off and will be back today [Wednesday] all refreshed from their first good long break of the season. Most have spent time with their families and kids and got away“They needed the break both physically and mentally and would have got it win or lose after the Challenge Cup Semi Final.”Simmons says he won’t know the status of the walking wounded until later in the week but of the likely returnees Chris Flannery looks set to shake off the dead leg which kept him out of the win over Huddersfield.Jonny Lomax and Tommy Makinson missed that match with dead legs, whilst Kyle Eastmond had a groin injury.“We will step up training during the week and if there are no setbacks then those players would join us in the side. If we have any doubts though I won’t be using them.“I know people are saying third place is secured but we want to continue winning and take that bit of momentum into the playoffs. There can’t be any slackening off. I don’t intend to lose another game!“We need to improve a couple of per cent each week and we are getting better. Leon [Pryce] is getting fitter every game. Since he’s come back we have changed a few things in our halves – Leon is playing on one side and Jonny on the other.“Long term it will suit Jonny there but they both need to get used to which centre or back rower they are now playing with. They are little changes that people don’t see.“Our short kicking game has got better and our defence is improving too. But we know we have a long way to go.”
AFTER ten years of loyal sponsorship and support for the Saints, Hattons Solicitors are pleased to announce a new five-year deal with the club.Hattons have renewed their rear shirt sponsorship as well as the naming of the home supporters terrace stand to the West of the new Saints ground and the adjacent seated family stand.Previously, the Hattons Solicitors stand at Knowsley Road worked to create a positive awareness for the solicitors in the St Helens community and Hattons hope to build upon this.Bruce Hatton, Senior Partner at Hattons Solicitors said: “The 2012 rugby season is an exciting time to be in partnership with the mighty Saints.“We’ve sponsored Saints since we opened in 2001, this year celebrating our tenth anniversary, and we wanted to make sure we supported the club through the transition to its new home and stadium. I understand the massive passion of the fans, and to be honest it’s great personally as a fan to sponsor the club through such a momentous time.“The longevity of our Saints sponsorship has greatly contributed to Hattons general awareness in St Helens and the North West, leading thousands of people to contact us with a vast array of legal issues. We’ve worked hard to develop the business and stay ahead of the competition, whilst building a strong reputation. In fact a huge amount of our business comes through recommendations from previous clients, showing the high level of service our team offers.”Hattons Solicitors are real favourites in the Rugby League community offering support and sponsorship from children’s rugby and kid’s health initiatives to international partnerships with Ireland in the last World Cup and at all levels of the adult game. Their association with Saints is however the link with the sport they are perhaps best known for.Tony Colquitt, CEO of Saints said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Hattons Solicitors. The relationship between both parties has been long established and as we enter a new era we are pleased they are on board.“We look forward to enhancing the relationship in the future and pursuing other avenues that will be mutually beneficial.”Hattons Solicitors innovative approach to legal services can be seen not only through their rugby league sponsorship, but also by how they were the first solicitors firm in St Helens to get the Law Society Lexcel Accreditation. Hattons were also one of the first firms to invest in an online file management system, which also allows clients to view their cases online at www.hattonslaw.com If you have a legal issue that you need advice with from compensation claims to business legal advice call their friendly team on 08000 111 560.