ST.HELENS have appointed Head of High Performance (and former Assistant Coach under Daniel Anderson) Mike Rush as Acting Head Coach. Keiron Cunningham has been appointed Assistant Coach.Current Head Coach Royce Simmons and Assistant Coach Kieron Purtill have stepped down.Chairman Eamonn McManus stated: “Our season has got off to a difficult start and it is best to make change sooner rather than later. We have every faith in Mike Rush and Keiron Cunningham. They each know the Club inside out and have all the experience together to take us forward.“I would like to go on record to pay genuine tribute to Royce Simmons. He is a fantastic person, and of absolute character and integrity, who has given everything to the Club.“I am sure that everyone at the Club joins me in thanking him sincerely for all his work and dedication and to wish him and his family well for the future.“Our sentiments are the same with Kieron Purtill. Force of circumstance has reconstituted change.”
The RFL has confirmed details of the Rugby League rule changes that will be implemented during the 2013 Championships and Super League seasons, which kick-off next week.The rule changes have been applied in all pre-season friendly games after being approved by the RFL Council last year following proposals from the RFL’s Laws Committee, a body comprising past and present players, coaches and administrators that was formed in 2012.The most notable change will see new interpretations to the advantage rule in which a team gaining possession from a forward pass or knock on will only be deemed to have taken their advantage if they keep possession until the next tackle is complete.If possession is lost before the tackle is completed, the referee will go back to the point of the original infringement and award a scrum against the team that infringed first. The referee will rule that the team in possession has not had an advantage if they are tackled close to their own goal-line.Other notable changes will see amendments to the current marker tackle rulings, changes to the ball-in-touch, touch-in-goal and dead-in-goal rulings.The law changes in full are as follows:Ball in touch or touch in-goal or dead in-goal (Section 9)A player is deemed to be in touch if any part of his body touches the touchline or anything outside of the playing field. Similarly, a player is deemed to be touch in-goal or dead in-goal if any part of his body touches the touch in-goal or dead-ball line or anything outside the field of play in those areas. If a player who is in touch, touch in-goal or dead in-goal touches a moving ball then the team who kicked the ball or knocked on are responsible for the ball going out of play. However, if the ball is stationary in the field of play and is then touched by a player who is in touch, touch in-goal or dead in-goal then that player is responsible for the ball going dead.Scrum on 20m lineOther than as outlined above, the game is restarted after the ball has gone into touch by forming a scrum 20 metres infield opposite the point of entry into touch but not nearer than ten (10) meters to the goal-line. In all aspects of general play, a player who does not deliberately play at the ball (e.g. ricochet or rebound) will not be disadvantaged by a consequent restart of play when the ball has gone dead or into touch.Penalties – where takenA penalty kick resulting from an offence at the kick off shall be taken from the centre of the halfway line. Any penalty kick arising from the restarting of play from an optional kick on the 20m line shall be taken where the offence takes place. Any penalty kick arising from any other 20-metre restart shall be taken from the centre of the 20m line. A penalty kick resulting from any offence at the drop out from between the posts shall be taken from the centre of the line drawn parallel to and 10 metres from the goal line.Changes to Interpretations:Late challenge on the kickerA late challenge on the kicker will no longer result in an automatic sin bin for the player who tackled late. The referee will still have the option to penalise, sin bin or dismiss the player if he sees it as appropriate.Calling held if a player is draggedThe referee will call held if a player is being dragged when there is more than one tackler involved. The referee will call held once he sees one of the tacklers (where there is more than one tackler involved in the tackle) take up a position where he is holding up the player and moving backwards towards the touchline or his own in goal area. If the player continues to drag after “held” has been called he will be penalised.Referee signal for team cautionThe referee no longer needs to inform the captain verbally that his team has been placed on a caution. In order to keep the game moving, the referee will inform the team and spectators that a team has been placed on caution for a period of time by pointing at that team and circling his other arm in front of him.Quick 20-metre restartA team can take advantage of a quick 20m restart if the player collecting the ball after it has gone or been made dead in the in goal area runs back to the centre of the 20m line while retaining possession of the ball and takes the restart himself. In addition, all players from the team taking the 20m restart must be back inside the 20-metre area, the referee must be back on the 20m line and the restart must be taken at the centre of the 20m line. A mark will be placed on the centre of the 20m line as an indication to the players.AdvantageIf a team gains possession from a forward pass or knock on then they will only be deemed to have taken their advantage if they keep possession until the next tackle is complete. If possession is lost before the tackle is complete then the referee will go back to the point of the original infringement and award a scrum against the team that infringed first. The referee will rule that the team in possession has not had an advantage if they are tackled close to their own goal line. Foul play by the team attempting to take the advantage will be penalised at the point where the foul play occurs.Markers not square when the ball is playedWhere there is a quick play the ball and a marker(s) does not have time to get in position, he can be played onside by getting into the position he should have been in at marker. Once he has got to that position he can make a tackle. The referee should penalise players who get into a marker position but choose to leave early before the ball has been played.
Saints fell behind after tries from Danny Addy and Ryan Shaw before we responded in typical Saints fashion with two tries from Naiqama and Makinson to send us in 18-14 up at the break. Jimmy Keinhorst put Rovers back in front early in the second half before Jonny Lomax and Makinson again turned the score in our favour. Will Oakes pulled another try back for the hosts, but Naiqama and Makinson completed their hat-tricks before Regan Grace put the icing on the cake with a marauding run late on.A tight opening affair saw both defences standing firm, but it was Rovers who produced the first try after a repeat set on Saints line resulted in Addy picking the ball up from dummy half and crashing over from close range.Rovers were in again on the very next set after a break on the right edge allowed Hall to kick long and Shaw got to the ball first to touch down giving Rovers a 12-0 lead with 13 minutes played.Saints hit back though after winning back to back penalties on the Rovers line. The ball was fed wide right for Dom Peyroux to put Naiqama through the gap to score his first. Coote adding the extras.From the kick off Rovers won the ball back and won a penalty which they converted and extended their lead to 14-6 with 20 minutes gone.In a explosive following 10 minutes Saints were in again after an excellent offload from Alex Walmsley kept the move alive before Makinson was set free down the line and he stepped back inside the covering defenders to score with Coote adding the two.Saints were in again in the closing minutes of the first half after a cut-out pass from Lomax sent Makinson away down the line and he fed the ball back inside for Naiqama to score his second to send the teams in at half time with the score at Hull KR 14-18 Saints.Rovers started the second half like they did the first and they took advantage as Keinhorst crashed over in the corner and Shaw converted off the touch line.It didn’t take Saints long to hit back mind as after an excellent kick off from Coote forced a goal line drop out, Saints were in prime position and Lomax latched onto a fantastic offload from Peyroux to put Saints back ahead.Seconds later Saints were in again and this try was down to a bit of individual brilliance from England international and golden boot winner Makinson.The winger took the ball inside his own 20 meters, found the gap in the defensive line and ran 70 meters to score leaving Rovers full back Craig Hall trailing behind.To their credit, Rovers came straight back at Saints and were rewarded when a flowing move on their left edge resulted in Oakes scoring in the corner bringing them back within two points.But two quick fire tries from Naiqama and Makinson completed the duo’s hat-tricks and put the game beyond doubt with 10 minutes to play.The game finished with a spectacular Grace try as the flying winger burst through the line to run 70 metres to score with a flying finish right in front of the travelling Saints fans.Match Summary:Hull KR: Hall; Shaw, Vaivai, Crooks, Oakes; McGuire, Drinkwater; Mulhern, Addy, Maria, Linnett, Keinhorst, Lawler.Interchanges: Lunt, Hauraki, Atkin, Rooks.Tries: Addy (8), Shaw (11), Keinhorst (44) Oakes (60)Goals: Shaw 5 from 5St Helens: Coote; Makinson, Naiqama, Costello, Grace; Lomax, Fages; Lees, Roby, Walmsley, Peyroux, Taia, Knowles.Interchanges: Paulo, Amor, Ashworth, Welsby.Tries: Makinson (30,51,68) Naiqama (17,37,64) Lomax (48) Grace (79).Goals: Coote 5 from 8Referee: Liam MooreHT: 14-18FT: 26-42ATT: 8,123