Saints to lay down the law

  • By: Ian Millward
  • Last Updated: February 27 2014, 12:23 GMT

Former Super League-winning coach Ian Millward expects St Helens to put upstarts Salford in their place tonight.

Luke Walsh: One to watch for St Helens
Luke Walsh: One to watch for St Helens

Salford (+10) v St Helens (2000 GMT, Thursday)

Both sides have won two out of two so far but the key is the quality of the opposition and the fact is Salford haven't been tested. They couldn't have picked a better draw in terms of opening fixtures - London and Wakefield - and haven't been put under pressure yet.

St Helens have a very good record in Super League history against Salford, only losing only a handful of times over the years, and their opponents so far have been of top quality - Warrington and Hull are teams that will be in play-off reckoning.

Saints' forwards are big and strong and for Luke Walsh there's a real opportunity to showcase his wares against a team making big noises. He's the sort of player who could just pour cold water on Salford and silence them. I also fancy Jonny Lomax to have a big impact on the game - he might be worth an interest in the first and anytime tryscorer markets.

Saints started slowly but finished strong last week and this time around I'd expect them to be more focused from the start. I feel this game comes too early for Salford, their cohesion is not 100 per cent yet, so I'm taking Saints to win and cover.

    • Ian's look at the rest of the weekend's action will appear here on Friday morning.

  • Posted at 1215 GMT on 27/02/2014.

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