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St Helens' Carl Forster back in Whitehaven's ranks

Promising packman Carl Forster returns to Whitehaven’s ranks for tomorrow’s Championship visit of in-form Doncaster – fresh from helping St Helens enjoy a crushing Super League win last week.

Carl Forster photo
Carl Forster

Forster missed Haven’s impressive 30-10 win at Batley as he was called up for Saints’ 48-18 demolition of London Broncos.

But he steps in again for Haven tomorrow (3pm) as prop Samir Tahraoui will miss out with a knock he picked up against the Bulldogs. And Dave Woods is sure the Saints prospect will be fully focused on toppling the visitors.

“His attitude is spot-on and he enjoys playing for us,” said the coach, who watched Forster’s performance off the bench against Super League strugglers London.

“Even when he hasn’t played for us he has sent good luck messages to the blokes, and he’s first on the text after a game to say, well done. It’s the same with Jordan Hand. They take an interest.”

Back-rower Larsen Marabe, who has struggled with a knee problem over recent weeks, trained on Thursday night and Woods is keeping an open mind over his participation.

“We just need to get some consistency – the boys have spoken about that,” added Woods. “There’s an opportunity on Sunday to have a big game, and we have more home games coming up that are really important and we need to target.”

Doncaster have enjoyed a great start to the season and lie second in the division, and Woods warned that Haven must nullify player-coach Paul Cooke, as they did last year at the Recre, when winning 24-14.

“Everything goes through him, and he does all the talking and kicking,” Woods said.

“They also have some big forwards who do a good job with Paul Cooke pulling the strings.

“They seem to be happy and are working well together.”



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