LANCE Hohaia is looking forward to getting more game time as he returns from injury.The Kiwi missed the last couple of weeks but made his comeback at Hull KR on Sunday.And despite the result, he was pretty happy with his appearance.“It was good to be back out there,” he said. “I’ve had a stop start season so far but injuries are part and parcel of the game. I felt a little rusty and off my best, but once I get more game time and train regularly then I can play some more consistent football.“Wilko (Jon Wilkin) has done well under the circumstances – he hasn’t played at half back for a while he hasn’t had the back up with other half backs. Paul Wellens has done well there; I’m hoping to come in and take the pressure off him and benefit the team.”He continues: “As a squad we have done pretty well with the setbacks, but it isn’t ideal not to have your 1, 6, 7 and 9 not together for the season. Hopefully I can get back and play well and then Jonny Lomax will be back soon too.“It will be a big test on Friday and we are looking forward to it. They are a dangerous side who are a genuine top four or five team. They came to Langtree Park last year and put in a good performance to win the points.“We know it isn’t going to be an easy task but we will continue to work hard in training and know we have to up our game.”Saints take on Catalan this Friday with a 8pm kick off.You can buy your tickets from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052. Turnstiles will also be open on matchnight.
Shaun Wane’s team were downed by Hull FC in the Wembley showpiece but Saints’ Head Coach expects them to be fully firing when they come to the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday.“The last time we played Wigan the atmosphere was fantastic and it was a cracking game,” he said. “I’m expecting a similar one this time around. It wouldn’t have mattered if Wigan won the Challenge Cup by 50, drew, or lost by the same amount. It’s a derby and they are going to be up for it.“I don’t think they need any motivation and we know they will be ready to play and hard to beat.“Both teams will come in at their best and both are going for the top four. I don’t think the cup loss will have any bearing.“Since I have been here we’ve had five losses, three by two points and one by four. We’re coming off two tight losses which is hard but it shows we are thereabouts every game and a consistent side. That is better than the alternative which is getting blown off the park.“It is an important game for us.”Holbrook will give Ben Barba his Saints’ bow at full back on Friday – and admits he’ll be pleased to finally see him in the Red V.“He has been training for a long time and it will be great to see him finally play instead of us just talking about him,” he added. “Everyone knows what he can do with the ball and his running ability, but he also has the skills of a half too. He also has experience and knowledge of the game.“There aren’t enough players in today’s game who have the vision to play what they see. He is a complete player. I’m looking forward to seeing him play.“It’s come around nicely to see him play his first game against Wigan too.“There is pressure in every game no matter who you are. There is pressure every time you take to the field. He is a classy player and is playing in a big derby game but everyone is under pressure in those games.“He should be fine to do the full 80. There isn’t any pressure on him to do that; there is no clear cut plan that he has to play 80. We are just looking forward to him playing. There’s no point him sitting on the bench to ease his way in.“He has played the game long enough so he should get out there and get amongst it I reckon!”As part of Barba’s introduction, Jonny Lomax will move to ‘6’.“He is ok with it,” Holbrook added. “I spoke to him first of all about him moving and he is fine. All his junior career was in the halves so it isn’t foreign to him. He only moved to full back over the last few years. He is open to it and is looking forward to probably getting the ball more when he wants it.“As a full back you tend to run around and not get it; in the halves you get it a lot more and he is looking forward to that opportunity.”Tickets for the clash remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.
WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG10733.jpg” alt=”center_img” /> FILE PHOTO: German Health Minister Jens Spahn attends a strategy meeting of Germany’s governing Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party in Potsdam, Germany, January 14, 2019. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: German Health Minister Jens Spahn attends a strategy meeting of Germany’s governing Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party in Potsdam, Germany, January 14, 2019. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt/File Photo German Health Minister Jens Spahn has drawn up draft legislation to oblige parents to get their children vaccinated against measles or else face fines and their exclusion from daycare.Spahn’s initiative comes amid a highly charged debate in Germany about whether the measles vaccine should be obligatory, and as the number of cases of the once-eradicated disease in the United States hit the highest levels since 2000.“I want to eradicate measles,” Spahn told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.“Anyone going to a kindergarten or school should be vaccinated against measles,” said Spahn, setting out his plans, which would oblige parents to show proof of vaccination.“Whoever does not get their child vaccinated, faces up to 2,500 euros in fines,” he added.Spahn believes he has broad support for his draft law in the ruling coalition of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, to which he belongs, and the left-leaning Social Democrats (SPD).SPD health policy expert Karl Lauterbach spoke of a “very good basis” for a joint discussion. “It will not work without fines,” he told the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper.