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Rudge hopes stronger Saints will challenge for silverware

St Helens Women’s captain Emily Rudge believes the recruitment done in the off-season has made Saints stronger.

Saints have already completed the signings of Gemma Walsh, Rudge’s wife, as well as England’s all-time top try scorer Amy Hardcastle.

She said: “At the end of the season, Gemma and a few of the other Wigan girls have also come and joined Saints, which is going to strengthen us massively.

“For me personally, I am made up Gemma is there. I think she is still going to have such an impact on our team, she has so much experience and done amazing things internationally, as well as in the Super League.

“Then there is Amy Hardcastle as well. Another really strong player, who has done amazing things internationally. The signings have really strengthened the squad.

Saints came really close in both competitions, losing in the semi-finals of both the Challenge Cup and the Super League to Leeds Rhinos.

Rudge adds Saints will be targeting silverware when the competition gets back underway.

She said: “Last year, we fell short and I feel it was our own doing. Leeds beat us in both semi-finals, but then we turned over them in the league, and we beat Cas at the end of the season as well.

“We are definitely capable of beating those two top teams. I just don’t think we handled ourselves great in the pressure of a semi-final.

“This year, we definitely want to go one better and challenge for silverware. I think it’s great they are still trying to plan and have a Challenge Cup as well as a Grand Final, which gives us a chance to hopefully win something this year.”

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