St. Helens got off to an incredible start to the 2022 Betfred Super League season with the Warrington Walls on Friday in the Derby race. Watch live on Sky Sports Arena from 7.30pm (8pm kick-off).
By Mark Beazley
Last Updated: 22/03/11 7:49
Will Hospot is not surprised by the quality he has set in St. Helens since he joined the club that has dominated the Betfred Super League for the past three seasons.
What surprises the off-season signing of the Canterbury Bulldogs on the NRL side, however, is that their new teammates still share with the successes they have enjoyed in recent years.
Indeed, it is a pity that Hippot has received the right runs from captain James Robbie, a man who will undoubtedly be one of the greatest players of all time at the Senate and the Super League, to give the youngsters their first steps at elite level.
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“I was definitely expecting diligence and professionalism, and obviously you get that when you’re playing in an elite competition,” said Hippot. “But I think I’m even more surprised at how talented and humble the boys are.
“Someone like James Ruby, who has played for 19 years, has done everything in the game, and he’s the kind of person you can chat with.
“He’s a good block to talk to and talk to, and it’s just an example of the kind of club race of players and people, and that’s something I felt good about.”
Although limited to only two appearances for St. Helens this time around, after taking a rib injury in a season-opening win over the Catalans Dragons, Hippot has also brought plenty to the table.
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One of Tonga International’s biggest assets is his ability to play as a quarterback, three-quarter or fullback, as well as being included in the halves throughout his career.
For now, two of his starts have been on the wing, though a one-match suspension of Conrad Hurley means he could enter one of the center’s roles when the Saints host Warrington Walls’ Friday derby clash, Live On. Ski sportsGeneral Chat Chat Lounge
“It was his real strength and the reason we wanted to bring him in,” Head Coach Christine Wolf said before the Showdown with Warrington.
“He’s a class football player, he knows how to win, and he has a real skill about him and the skill of the class.
“He knows how to play in the big games, so he’ll enjoy this type of environment and whether he’s on the wing or in the center, we know he can get the job done.”
For now, St. Helens continue to be where they were in 2021, losing four of their four matches this season.
They will clash with Warrington, whose unbeaten start to the round ended in the hands of the Catalans in Round 4, also to Hull Kingston Rovers on a dominant 42-8 lead.
The early start of the campaign sees the talent hotspot in the group and there is no doubt that his new club will also be among the NRL candidates.
I certainly had the desire for dedication and professionalism, and obviously you get it when you are playing in an elite competition. But I suppose I’m even more surprised at how talented and humble the boys are.
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“They’re right there,” Hippot said. “You just look at the number of players selected in the England squad and it shows the talent in this game group.
“From the first day I feel that boys work so hard and I think they have found the right balance in terms of fun and when they need to be done.
“It’s a great system and structure, and I’m really glad I came into this organization.”
Friday’s match will also be held at Totally Wake Stadium, with St. Helens conducting activities around the start of their club Tonga, which is why they support reconstruction efforts in the Pacific nation following a recent volcano and tsunami. Landed on
St. Helens star Conrad Hurrell admits he is disappointed not to lose Friday’s match against Warrington due to suspension, but Tongan International is happy with the way he settles in the club and the area.
And as one of the three Tonga international players playing for the club alongside Hurley and Agnetis – Wolf also made his role at St. Helens as the head coach of Tonga – Hippot is especially pleased with the way he has played. Supporters of the Senate have come together to put the cause behind the way.
“It’s overwhelming the amount of support, especially for those who are back in Tonga to see and receive the goods that are sent there,” said Hippot.
“Obviously with ourselves, the support of the club has shown and the boys have also appreciated us, and for some things we are very grateful.
“We’re sending a lot of rugby league stuff out there to put a smile on people’s faces. When we get back there the kids love the Tongan Rugby League team and love the game.
“If it’s a small token we can do with this gear to put a smile on kids’ faces – and there’s some beautiful gear too! – So that’s pretty cool.