Rush: Foster has a tough task to be re-selected


St Helens coach Mike Rush says that Jamie Foster has to become outstanding in the under 20s in order to get back into the first team.

Foster appeared to have been replaced as Saints’ flavour of the month after some horrendous errors earlier in the season, especially away to Bradford.

But Rush has revealed that Foster has to work hard in the reserve team to replace some of the in-form three quarters being selected for Super League.

Rush said: “We’re doing well for wingers at the moment so Jamie has to work hard. He has to do something special in the under 20s to knock somebody over in the first team. 

Adam Swift has had a run in the team and has done well. Tommy Makinson and Francis Meli are in great form and Ade Gardner, up until his injury, was the best of all of them.”

St Helens face Hull KR at Langtree Park on Friday night. Rush believes the game will be a tough test for his side, and that the Rovers’ have played consistently well in recent weeks.

He said: “Hull KR are playing well and alongside Wigan and us, are one of the form teams in the competition. We will need to make sure we are at our very best.

Michael Dobson, Ben Galea and Craig Hall are all playing well for them and even though they have lost Kris Welham and Rhys Lovegrove they are still a class side.

“The eight will be tight right up until the end of the season and it is up to us to keep winning, stay in there and not get dragged into a battle for fifth to eighth.”