KEIRON Cunningham says although Saints produced a

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham says although Saints produced a barnstorming finish Hull KR were more than worthy winners on Friday night.His side pulled it back to 24-22 but ultimately couldn’t grab a point.“They deserved to win the game I thought and a draw would probably have been a disservice to them,” he said. “They were super in the second half.“We gifted them three tries in the first but all credit to by boys, they took it to the end and made it interesting.“We were getting down their end of the field comfortably but our execution was really poor.”He continued: “James Roby had a concussion and will have a head test in the week. We can’t lay the blame on injuries or those coming off the field. Hull took their chances and we didn’t. We made for an interesting finish but the best team won on the night.“The boys prepared well; we were ready for it. We started the game well and I was justified in my thoughts that we would do well. I have no concerns about next week; we will patch our team together and go again.“Eventually that loss comes closer the longer you keep on winning and we have to be proud of what we have done in the last six weeks. That game was there for the taking though and we didn’t capitalise on that. We live and learn and move on.”last_img read more

FATHERS Day is just around the corner and First U

first_imgFATHER’S Day is just around the corner and First Utility, title sponsors of the Super League, are searching for the most inspirational St Helens supporters.Has your Father inspired you to achieve something great? Did he pass on an important personal quality or passion that makes you who you are today?We want to hear your stories and one lucky father will be rewarded with a signed shirt and a hospitality experience at Langtree Park to share with his son or daughter.We all know about the Burgess boys and their father Mark, the Cunninghams and their ties to the Saints, but perhaps, the Arkwright family are one of the most impressive Rugby League dynasties of all time. Between John, John Jr and Chris, the family represented St Helens and Great Britain almost continually between 1928 and 1990.Share your stories of your inspirational Father with us via our Facebook page – In 200 words or less, tell us how your Father has inspired you, or passed on something important in your life and you could be treating him to a VIP First Utility Super League experience!Terms & ConditionsThe prize consists of a hospitality package for you and your Father (2 tickets) at a regular season game of your choice, dependent on availability.The package does not include travel to or from the groundEntrants are reminded that tickets are issued subject to club regulations and the Conditions of Entry relevant to those tickets. Competition open to all UK residents with the exception of employees of First Utility, Super League Clubs, the RFL or Hatch Communications, their immediate families, agents or anyone else associated with the administration. No cash alternative will be offered.The competition closes at 11:59pm on Sunday 21st MayIn the event of unforeseen circumstances, the promoter reserves the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.The promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.All entrants must be willing to participate in publicity should they be a winner.We reserve the right at any time to cancel, modify or supersede the competition if, in our sole discretion, the competition is not capable of being conducted as specified in the competition rules.last_img read more

Brisk voting and long queues as Indias giant election begins

first_img SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Voters line up to cast their votes outside a polling station during the first phase of general election in Alipurduar district in the eastern state of West Bengal, India, April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriVoters line up to cast their votes outside a polling station during the first phase of general election in Alipurduar district in the eastern state of West Bengal, India, April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri Indians began voting in the first phase of a mammoth general election on Thursday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a second term after campaigning strongly on his national security record following a flare-up in tensions with Pakistan.Reuters reporters saw long queues outside many polling stations. The Election Commission said voters were turning out in large numbers in an eastern district where Maoist insurgents were blamed for a bomb attack on Tuesday, which killed a state legislator from Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and four security officials.Two people were also killed on Tuesday in Jammu and Kashmir, the country’s only Muslim majority state, prompting authorities to increase security even further.Shadab Ali, an 18-year-old first-time voter in the volatile Muzaffarnagar constituency in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, queued with a group of friends at a polling station set up in a primary school. Hindu-Muslim riots there killed at least 65 people before the previous election in 2014.“Modi has worked but not done enough for us,” said Ali, a Muslim. “We want development. I’ve voted for development.”Voters came to three polling stations in Muzaffarnagar on foot, by bicycle and motorcycle, in cars and on tractors.Voting in the first of seven rounds is being held in 91 parliament constituencies across 20 states and federally administered regions. There are 543 seats at stake.Almost 900 million of India’s 1.3 billion people are eligible to vote. The first phase of voting covers an electorate of 142 million, some of whom will vote in pink booths staffed by female security personnel and polling officials.The election is spread over 39 days, with the final phase on May 19 and the result announced four days later.Modi’s BJP is the frontrunner despite economic distress over mounting unemployment and weak farm incomes in rural areas, where two-thirds of Indians live.Modi said on Twitter as voting began the mood nationwide was running in favour of his alliance.NATIONALIST UPSURGEPollsters say support for the BJP rose in response to Modi’s tough stance against Pakistan. Aerial clashes between the nuclear-armed neighbours followed a Pakistan-based militant organisation’s suicide attack in February that killed 40 paramilitary police in disputed Kashmir.The main opposition Congress party has sought allies among regional parties to defeat the BJP over its record on the economy. Congress wrested three major farming states from the BJP in state polls in December by promising to waive the outstanding loans of distressed farmers.However, the upsurge in nationalist fervour has undermined its strategy.“I support the prime minister’s policies, especially his foreign policy,” Sachin Tyagi, 38, a mobile phone shop owner, told Reuters near a polling station in Uttar Pradesh, which sends the most lawmakers to the lower house of parliament among all states.“He’s improved India’s global standing and taken revenge against the enemies of the country. I am happy with Modi-ji but the employment situation could be improved,” he said.Voters streamed into the same polling station as Tyagi early on Thursday, with young men in jeans and shorts, older men in white kurtas and women in colourful sarees standing in line.DIVIDED OPPOSITIONGilles Verniers, a political science professor at Ashoka University near New Delhi, predicted Congress, led by Rahul Gandhi, would struggle to catch the BJP.“The gap between Congress and the BJP is still enormous, so no one is seriously thinking that Congress is going to fill that gap,” he said. “The opposition landscape remains heavily fragmented.”An average of four opinion polls showed the BJP alliance on course to win 273 of the 545 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament, a much-reduced majority from the more than 330-seat margin it won in 2014. The Lok Sabha also includes two seats reserved for the Anglo-Indian community.The BJP alone won a landslide 282 seats five years ago, securing a clear single-party majority for the first time in decades and raising hopes of economic reform after a period of sluggish growth.Congress is trying to rebuild its appeal after winning only 44 seats in 2014 and has promised monthly handouts of 6,000 rupees (66 pounds) for the poorest families.It hopes to win enough seats to lure regional parties opposed to Modi after the election and form the government.WhatsApplast_img read more