SAINTS Assistant Coach Jamal Lolesi has been fined £500 after the RFL found him guilty of using foul and abusive language towards a match official during a Super League fixture against Salford City Reds on March 22, 2013.Lolesi, who pleaded guilty to the charge, was deemed to be in breach of Operational Rule D1.8 (c) (Prejudicial Conduct) and the RFL Respect Policy.Lolesi was instructed to pay £250 immediately with a further £250 suspended until the end of the 2014 season.
JORDAN Turner won’t let his personal Magic Weekend hoodoo get in the way of overcoming Warrington Wolves this Sunday at St James’ Park in Newcastle.The centre, who has previously played for Salford Red Devils and Hull FC, hasn’t been on a winning side in a Magic Weekend match during his nine-year career.But he is confident that the First Utility Super League champions can clinch their first win at the two-day event since 2010.“I’m aware that I haven’t personally won a Magic Weekend game, but I don’t really think about that,” he said. “It’s not really about that I’ve never won at a Magic Weekend fixture, that doesn’t worry me at all. I’m pretty confident that we can get the job done no matter where we play whether it’s at Langtree Park or at an away ground or Newcastle.“We’re a confident bunch so we’ll be looking to put in a good performance on Sunday.”Saints are currently three points behind Leeds and Turner isn’t fazed by the pressure that comes with being champions.“We thrive on the pressure of being champions,” he continued. “It’s a good pressure to have to be champions and that everyone wants to beat you.“In another sense, last year’s gone so we’re not really thinking about that, we’re just focused on this year and trying our best to win it again this year.“I think the occasion’s fantastic. I’ve played in some magnificent stadiums such as the Etihad, Millennium Stadium and Murrayfield, so I’ve been quite privileged to have gone on to do that and it’s different from your weekly game, there’s a carnival atmosphere which only comes round once a year.“I really do enjoy the weekend and it’ll be better if we can get a win.”
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The game will be played on Sunday August 5 at 12:30pm with ticket details to be announced shortly.Conducting the draw was Belle Voci, the UK’s fresh and exciting opera duo, who are set to perform ‘Abide with Me’ at this year’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 25.The semi-finals will be played for the first time as a double header event at the Macron Stadium in Bolton on Sunday.Warrington will take on Leeds in the other semi final.