Last August, Maximus Real Estate Partners sued the Jang family — the owners of the site — alleging that the family was trying to sell the land to another developer after millions of dollars in investment from Maximus. That suit was settled “on mutually agreeable terms” on June 3, according to a spokesperson for Maximus.Still, the project faces heated opposition by activists who have vowed to derail the development.“We’ve been saying all along and we’re going to keep saying as we’re moving forward that we want 100 percent affordable housing,” said Chirag Bhakta, a member of the Plaza 16 Coalition that was formed in 2013 to oppose the project. “If anyone wants to build at Plaza 16, they will have to build a 100 percent affordable housing site.”Market-Rate MarketplaceAs it is proposed now, the project is split into three buildings: One on Mission Street would replace the Walgreens there with a 6–10 story residential tower, another on 16th Street would demolish a Burger King, the Hwa Lei Market, the Mission Hunan Restaurant, and the City Club dive bar for another 7–10 story residential building, and the last on Capp Street would clear out a parking lot and replace it with a lower 4–5 story residential complex.The site would host 290 market-rate rental units, 41 condo units for middle-income residents, and 49 rental units of affordable housing for low-income tenants. That makes the project 24 percent affordable with the addition of the middle-income units or 13 percent affordable without those units.Some 64,000 square feet of ground-floor retail is planned for the site — including the construction of a market hall for food and other vendors — as well as 163 parking spaces, 22 of them for commercial tenants. The developer would also enlarge the Bart plaza by 40 percent.The 7-10 story building on 16th Street Street as seen from 16th and Mission.New Atmosphere of AffordabilityBut times have changed for large housing projects in San Francisco.When approved with 41 percent affordable housing last week, the Bryant Street project joined other large projects — namely 5M in the SoMa and Mission Rock in Mission Bay — in defining a new benchmark of near 40 percent below-market-rate housing for large projects in San Francisco.Asked whether affordability levels in other projects would change the project, Joe Arellano, a spokesperson for Maximus, said that it will go forward “as envisioned” but that he understood things are different now than they were last summer.“We want to be cognizant of the fact that we are in a different environment,” he said.Concessions from the developer may not be enough at 16th and Mission, however, where opponents want to project scrapped altogether. They say nothing but fully affordable housing should go on the transit corner, though they have not yet identified the public subsidies that would likely be required to finance such an endeavour.“We don’t know yet,” said Bhakta when questioned about the funding. “As this process moves forward, we will be looking towards funding sources to ensure that our proposal is not just something on a piece of paper but is also backed by money.”Fully affordable housing projects are built by non-profit developers with heavy financing from the city. For the site to become 100 percent affordable, the developer would have to sell the site to the city and the city would need to have the funds to construct housing on-site.That happened last year at 490 South Van Ness Ave., when the city bought a corner lot just two blocks from 16th and Mission for $18.5 million. The developer had only paid $2.5 million for the 72-unit site, however, and the deal was criticized for being expensive — at $250,000 per door — and conferring so much profit to the developer.Mock-up of the 4-5 story building on Capp Street.Schools, Shadows, and HeightBut even if the developer of 1979 Mission St. agreed to sell the land to the city and the city could purchase and develop the site, it’s unclear that the affordable project would be able to rise very high. Activists have said for years that they want to prevent the casting of shadows on the nearby Marshall Elementary School, something the 10-story building would do.“We’re hoping for a significant number of units there, but the thing is the shadow matters,” Bhakta said. “We’re not going to sacrifice daylight that kids have to play in for a few feet [of height].”Bhakta said it was wrong to think of a trade-off between affordable housing and shadows. More affordable housing developments are required city-wide, he said, and one project in the Mission District will not solve the housing crisis by building up.“We don’t need to have a 10, 15, or 20 story tower in the Mission, thinking that this is going to solve everything,” he said, envisioning a 5–7 story building instead. “For us it’s not a zero-sum game. Families need deeply affordable housing, but their kids also need open space and sun to play in.”Parents at the school — located at 15th and Capp, around the block from 16th and Mission — have long opposed the project, even after its developer agreed in 2014 to elevate the school’s playground by 15 feet to mitigate the shadow effect.A community meeting held earlier this year saw a popular proposal for cutting down the project to as little as 150 units at four stories.Sonja Trauss, the founder of the San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation, a pro-development advocacy group, said it was illogical to oppose a project on both affordability and height.“Only one of those can be a valid argument,” Trauss said. “If you’re happy with an 8–12 story building if it were affordable, then you can’t be bothered by the shadows, and if you’re bothered by shadows, then your problem isn’t that it’s market-rate, it’s that it creates shadows.”Trauss pointed to stern opposition to a nine-story, fully affordable housing building at Shotwell and Cesar Chavez as evidence that activists claim to be pro-affordability but are really anti-height. She said such opposition runs the danger of delaying the project to death, and said people could already be housed there if the developer had been able to proceed without backlash.“In a functioning city, people could be living there today, including however many below-market-rate [tenants],” she said. “Every single one of those units — that’s like 700 people that could’ve not been displaced from the Mission.”Tim Colen, the executive director of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, said the transit corner was the ideal place for a high-rise. He said many urbanists would call for a 200 or 300 foot tall building at the site rather than the 105-foot height the parcel is zoned for.“Where else would you put housing and height other than that location?” Colen said. “We don’t agree that ‘Oh, it’s too tall.’ If we’re too timid to stand up and say we should build housing at this location, then woe unto us.”The project will go before the Planning Commission on Thursday for a review of its draft environmental impact report, after which it will likely face months of hearings. Activists are planning a press conference at City Hall to present an alternative plan for the site at 1 p.m. on Thursday.A model created to test the effects of the building on wind in the surrounding areas. An environmental review report found no significant wind effects. 0% The 16th Street Bart Plaza where Spanish-speaking preachers blare sermons from portable amps and plaza regulars spend their days on benches in front of Burger King and Walgreens may soon transform into a square of glass towers, market-rate apartments, and an expanded marketplace — if a recently-resurrected housing project can defeat community opposition.If it’s approved, the 10-story, 380-unit project at 16th and Mission would be the largest housing project built in the Mission District, just ahead of the 335-unit development at 2000–2070 Bryant St. that was approved by the Planning Commission last week and achieved a significant 41 percent of affordable housing.The controversial development at 1979 Mission St. — dubbed the “Monster in the Mission” by activists — will have the first of many public meetings on Thursday.The hearing at City Hall will come just days after a lawsuit between the developer and the owners of the site that delayed the project for months was settled for an undisclosed amount, clearing a major hurdle for the development. 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0% District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, whose district covers the western side of Valencia Street, showed his support for barriers between bike lanes and drivers by joining the activists standing on the painted lane divider. His first job, he said, was as a bike messenger — a knee injury keeps him off his bike these days, but he understands the safety concern. He and District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen have both called for protected bike lanes in the past.District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy joins bike safety advocates on Valencia Street. Photo by Laura WenusHe’s heard a number of proposals, including bike lanes in the center of the roads, or installing some kind of barrier between the vehicle and bicycle lanes.“It doesn’t matter to me which solution it is, but we do need a solution,” he said.But creating a barrier could get tricky when it comes to public opinion. As Kyle Grochmal, one of the cycling advocates out on the street Thursday, pointed out, a five-foot buffer requirement between parking and bike lanes would mean that a good portion of Valencia would have to have parking only on one side of the street, because the road simply isn’t wide enough to accommodate two parking lanes, two bike lanes and two driver lanes.But Sheehy said once the cycling community comes to a consensus and pushes for what form it really wants, he’d be supportive — even if there is a parking concern.“Safety’s more important than parking,” he said. “You’ve got to have a hierarchy.”The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency is looking at funding protected bike lanes, an action which would need approval from the agency’s Board of Directors as well as the Board of Supervisors. The yellow-shirted bicycle-safety activists were back on Valencia Street between 18th and 19th streets Thursday afternoon, carrying signs that read: “Protected lane.”Their aim is to get something built on Valencia that physically separates cyclists and drivers on the road to avoid collisions.As it stands, the street has painted bike lanes, but nothing stops drivers from rolling into them to make a “quick” stop — to dash into a restaurant and pick up a takeout order, to pick up a group of drunk ride-hail passengers, or to drop off a friend or delivery.That’s the source of much chagrin among cyclists, and in some cases, leads to collisions. Tags: bikes • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
SAINTS travel to Huddersfield on Sunday in the Fourth Round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.The Giants are seeking their first home Challenge Cup victory against the Saints since 1954 – and first ever at the John Smith’s Stadium.St Helens have emerged victorious from Cup visits to Huddersfield on three successive occasions since then.The Giants have won their last three home Super League fixtures against the Saints however – last tasting league defeat against Sunday’s opponents on 28 March, 2010 (24-6).Previous Challenge Cup Meetings:2009 (Semi-Final) Huddersfield 24 St Helens 14 (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)2006 (FINAL) Huddersfield 12 St Helens 42 (at Twickenham)2005 (Round 4) Huddersfield 22 St Helens 262004 (Semi-Final) Huddersfield 6 St Helens 46 (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)2001 (Quarter Final) St Helens 54 Huddersfield 161994 (Round 4) Huddersfield 16 St Helens 231981 (Round 1) Huddersfield 8 St Helens 101978 (Quarter Final) St Helens 31 Huddersfield 51972 (Round 2) St Helens 32 Huddersfield 91968 (Round 1) St Helens 0 Huddersfield 51962 (Round 2) St Helens 2 Huddersfield 131954 (Round 2) Huddersfield 12 St Helens 51953 (FINAL) Huddersfield 15 St Helens 10 (at Wembley Stadium)1937 (Round 1) St Helens 4 Huddersfield 111924 (Round 2) Huddersfield 24 St Helens 131915 (FINAL) Huddersfield 37 St Helens 3 (at Watersheddings, Oldham)1913 (Round 1) St Helens 0 Huddersfield 19Last Meeting:Huddersfield 25 St Helens 16 (SLR17, 3/6/13)Career Milestones:Paul Wellens needs one point to reach 1,000 for his career.He’s scored 953 points (218 tries, 40 goals, 1 field goal) for St Helens since 1998.He has also scored points for Great Britain (18 – 4 tries, 1 goal), England (16 – 4 tries) and Lancashire (12 – 3 tries).Challenge Cup Milestones:(Super League players reaching significant figures in Challenge Cup games only)Paul Wellens – 10 points away from 150 (140 for St Helens, 2001-2002, 2004-2007 & 2009-2013)Try-Scoring Runs:Tommy Makinson (1-2-1-2) has scored tries in their Saints’ last four games.Winning Runs:Saints and Leigh share the longest winning streak in the game, having both won their first seven matches of 2014.Consecutive Appearances:Castleford’s Craig Huby has the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 52. He last missed a Tigers game on 9 April, 2012 – an 18-12 home defeat to St Helens. His streak then started on 14 April, 2012 – a 23-16 Challenge Cup defeat at Featherstone.1 Craig Huby (Castleford Tigers) 522 Danny Houghton (Hull FC) 473 Josh Jones (St Helens) 414 Daryl Clark (Castleford Tigers) 375 Danny Addy (Bradford Bulls) 36First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Tommy Makinson (St Helens) 82 = Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers) 7Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings) 74 = Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 6Omari Caro (Hull Kingston Rovers) 6Goals:1 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 282 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 25Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 254 = Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 22Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 22Goals Percentage:1 Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 90.90 (20/22)2 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 90.32 (28/31)3 Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 89.28 (25/28)4 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (22/26)5 Jamie Foster (Bradford Bulls) 83.33 (15/18)Points:1 Luke Walsh (St Helens) 642 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 54Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 544 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 525 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 486 Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 457 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 418 Tom Makinson (St Helens) 38Cup Draw:Rugby League Hall of Fame members Alex Murphy and Garry Schofield will conduct the draw for the fifth round of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup live on BBC2 on Sunday (April 6).The 16 winners from this weekend’s fourth round ties will go into the draw, which takes place between 4.00pm and 4.30pm following the conclusion of the televised tie, Huddersfield Giants v St Helens.The fifth round ties will be played over the weekend of April 26 and 27 with one tie screened live on BBC1 on Saturday April 26 (2.30pm)
NATHAN Brown expects Lance Hohaia to return to the line-up this Friday when Saints take on Leeds Rhinos.The Kiwi injured his foot during July’s win in London but has recovered in time for the trip to Headingley.“The last couple of weeks have been good for us and importantly we went into it on the back of a win,” Brown said. “That has given us confidence ahead of this week. It’s a boost that Lance will come back too. He’s trained with us for the last fortnight and hasn’t been rushed in anyway.“It’s huge to have him back. Lance knows his way around and has had a good year for us.“There’s a lot at stake on Friday. Realistically, if we win two games then nothing can change on the ladder. We will go into all three games as underdogs and that isn’t a bad thing but probably right with the number of people we have missing.”Saints head into Friday’s game four points clear of Leeds who will be buoyed by their Challenge Cup win at the weekend.Historically, it can be difficult to back up the week after a Final appearance but Brown is expecting the usual tough match in Yorkshire.“Let’s be honest, it’s always hard playing Leeds,” he said. “They have been together for a long time and retained that nucleus of players. That has been the key cornerstone of their success.“If they go lose someone they replace with someone good or better. When Keith Senior moved on Kallum Watkins came in. They needed another centre so they brought in Joel Moon. That’s what Leeds do; they are well run at the top and whatever coach they bring in always seems to be right for the team.“I enjoy going to Headingley. It is a good field and you have to rise to the challenge. The players enjoy going there too and if you do well you deserve a pat on the back.“We know what they are capable of at their best, so all we can do is prepare for that.”Tickets for Friday’s match at Headingley (kick off 8pm) remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
SAINTS had a night to forget as they went down 32-22 at home to Hull FC.Despite being 18-6 up at half time the visitors ran in five second half tries to condemn the Champions to their third defeat in a row.Starting well has been a problem for Saints recently but two strong opening sets set their stall out for a solid if uninspiring first half.The home side turned Hull on their heels and put in some big D when it was needed – although FC were guilty of two forward passes in key positions.Adam Quinlan stopped a chasing Jamie Shaul on eight minutes and Mark Percival was unlucky not to open the scoring five minutes later following a mazy run.Matty Fleming atoned for a loose carry with a fantastic tackle on Jordan Abdull before Mark Flanagan was denied the opener because of a forward pass.Saints always looked the most likely – and once one of those passes stuck, it was try time.Walsh caught Flanagan on a strong line and the second rower produced a nice offload for Luke Thompson to cross for his third of the season.Within moments though, Hull were back in it. A loose pass deep inside their own half was scooped up and Curtis Naughton went over in the corner.Saints hit back through Swift – Walsh and Burns combining and a wonderful cut out ball finding the winger for his 17th of the campaign.And from the restart Roby broke down the right hand side, found Josh Jones who rounded his man and and duly sent it back inside for the hooker to finish what he started.Walsh three from three with the boot.Tom Lineham pulled Hull FC back into it three minutes into the second half as he polished off a fine move before the excellent Roby almost put Greenwood over.Both sides were giving the ball some air but lacking that attention to detail when it needed.But when Hull attacked Saints’ line on 54 minutes they profited – Joe Westerman being caught by a slightly dubious but quick pass to plunge over.Saints got into good positions following that try but couldn’t find a way over – then Hull scored from absolutely nothing.. although it was a piece of class.The defence was up quick and Sneyd kicked through to find Shaul at full tilt to collect the bouncing ball with the full back nowhere in sight.Saints should have made better use of Percival’s 60 yard break on 67 minutes and they were punished moments later.This time Matty Fleming knocked an innocuous kick and Naughton mopped up.Saints forced the ball on the last in the final stages and Naughton completed his hat-trick.Mark Percival scoring a scant consolation.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Thompson, Swift, Roby, PercivalGoals: Walsh (3 from 4)Hull FC:Tries: Naughton (3), Lineham, Westerman, ShaulGoals: Sneyd (4 from 6)Penalties:Saints: 4Hull FC: 3HT: 18-6FT: 22-32REF: James ChildATT: 10,203Teams:Saints:37. Adam Quinlan; 30. Matt Fleming, 17. Mark Percival, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh; 14. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 25. Andre Savelio, 15. Mark Flanagan, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Luke Thompson.Subs: 3. Jordan Turner, 8. Mose Masoe, 19. Greg Richards, 21. Joe Greenwood.Hull FC:1. Jamie Shaul; 20. Curtis Naughton, 5. Fetuli Talanoa, 3. Setaimata Sa, 2. Tom Lineham; 27. Jordan Abdull, 7. Marc Sneyd; 8. Mickey Paea, 9. Danny Houghton, 10. Liam Watts, 12. Mark Minichiello, 17. Dean Hadley, 13. Joe Westerman.Subs: 14. Iafeta Palea’aesina, 16. Jordan Thompson, 28. Brad Fash, 32. Jordan Rankin.
SAINTS will get their 2016 First Utility Super League campaign underway at home against Huddersfield Giants.The mouth-watering opener takes place at Langtree Park on Friday February 5 (8pm).Keiron Cunningham’s men will then travel to Salford Red Devils six days later before returning home to host Sydney Roosters in the World Club Series on February 19.The traditional Easter period will see Saints welcome Wigan on March 25 – and travelling to Widnes on Easter Monday.The best way to see your super Saints this season is with a 2016 Membership.Already fans are renewing in their thousands and taking advantage of the great offers alongside the fantastic price.To find out more click here.Saints 2016 Fixtures:Rd1: Friday Feb 5 (8pm) – Huddersfield Giants (H)Rd2: Thursday Feb 11 (8pm) – Salford Red Devils (A) – SKYWorld Club Series: Friday Feb 19 (8pm) – Sydney Roosters (H) – SKYRd3: Friday Feb 26 (8pm) – Hull KR (A) – SKYRd4: Friday Mar 4 (8pm) – Castleford Tigers (H)Rd5: Friday Mar 11 (8pm) – Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (H)Rd6: Friday Mar 18 (8pm) – Leeds Rhinos (A) – SKYRd7: Friday Mar 25 (TBC) – Wigan Warriors (H) – SKYRd8: Monday Mar 28 (3pm) – Widnes Vikings (A)Rd9: Friday Apr 1 (8pm) – Hull FC (H)Rd10: Friday Apr 8 (8pm) – Warrington Wolves (A) – SKYRd11: Thursday Apr 14 (8pm) – Catalans Dragons (H) – SKYRd12: Friday Apr 22 (8pm) – Leeds Rhinos (H) – SKYRd13: Friday Apr 29 (8pm) – Castleford Tigers (A)Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Round Six: Thursday May 5 – Sunday May 8Rd14: Friday May 13 (8pm) – Salford Red Devils (H)Rd15 (Magic Weekend): Sunday May 22 (3.15pm) – Huddersfield Giants @ St James’ Park – SKYRd16: Saturday May 28 (3pm) – Hull FC (A)Rd17: Friday Jun 3 (8pm) – Warrington Wolves (H)Rd18: Saturday Jun 11 (6pm) – Catalans Dragons (A) – SKYRd19: Friday Jun 17 (8pm) – Hull KR (H)Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Quarter Finals: Thursday June 23 – Sunday June 26Rd20: Sunday Jul 3 (3pm) – Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (A)Rd21: Friday Jul 8 (8pm) – Widnes Vikings (H)Rd22: Sunday Jul 17 (3pm) – Huddersfield Giants (A)Rd23: Friday Jul 22 (8pm) – Wigan Warriors (A)Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Semi Finals: Saturday July 30 – Sunday July 31Super 8s: Begin Thursday August 4 – Sunday August 7Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final: Saturday August 27First Utility Super League Semi Finals & Million Pound Game: Friday September 30 – Sunday October 2First Utility Super League Grand Final: Saturday October 8
CHALLENGE Cup winners Paul Wellens and Adrian Morley will be the guests conducting the draw for the fourth round of the 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup on Tuesday March 1.Joining the successful teams from this weekend’s third round fixtures will be all 12 Kingstone Press Championship clubs, including newly promoted Swinton Lions. This year marks 150 years since the club’s formation, and to celebrate, the fourth round draw will take place at the White Lion in Swinton, a place where the team moved their headquarters to in the 1870s and took on the Lions nickname, which is one of the oldest in British sport.Wellens, a one club man, made his debut for St Helens in 1998 and went on to lift the Challenge Cup an impressive five times and Lance Todd Trophy twice. In 2006 he was part of the side that won all three major domestic honours available – Challenge Cup, Super League and World Club Challenge. During that year Wellens was also named Man of Steel.Morley, who retired at the end of the 2015 season, is one of the most respected figures in the game, winning the Challenge Cup four times – once with Leeds Rhinos (1999) and three times with Warrington Wolves (2009, 2010, 2012). With over 500 appearances for club and country, Morley was also part of the Bradford Bulls team that were crowned Super League champions in 2005 and won the NRL Premiership with Sydney Roosters in 2002.The draw will be streamed exclusively live on the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup website from 7.00pm – Rugby League fans can watch by visiting www.rugby-league.com/challengecupFourth round ties will be played over the weekend of March 19-20.The full schedule of Ladbrokes Challenge Cup third round ties is as follows:Saturday February 27 – all games 2.00pm kick-off unless stated:Rochdale Mayfield v Rochdale HornetsSiddal v Newcastle ThunderKells v Hemel Stags (2.30)Pilkington Recs v London Skolars (2.30)Featherstone Lions v South Wales Scorpions (3.00)Wath Brow Hornets v Toulouse Olympique XIII (3.00)Sunday February 28 – all games 3.00pm kick-off unless stated:West Hull v Doncaster (2.00)Oxford v Lock Lane (2.30)Hunslet Hawks v Barrow RaidersYork City Knights v York AcornNorth Wales Crusaders v University of Gloucestershire All GoldsKeighley Cougars v Coventry Bears
THERE’S still time to grab your tickets for our special Fans Forum with Saints Past and Present.In aid of the 2017 Academy Tour of Australia, new signings Luke Douglas and Ryan Morgan will join Morgan Knowles and a past player to talk about the new season.It will take place on Tuesday January 24 (7.30pm) in the 1873 Suite at the stadium.Priced at £10 (with hotpot) and hosted by Allan Rooney, tickets will sell out fast!You can get yours from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling Geoff Cropper on 07780 504 724.
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Captain Tara Jones and Faye Gaskin both tallied braces in the victory that saw Mark Brennan’s team hit the 40-point mark for the third week in a row.But they were made to work hard for it by a Featherstone side that were always in the hunt.Naomi Williams opened the scoring for Saints – but two tries from Kayleigh Bulman rocked the hosts on their heels.Saints stuck at it though and after Gaskin’s kick-off brought an error from the Rovers, Tara Jones went over from dummy half to make it 10-10 at half time.She repeated the feat early in the second half, before Featherstone were reduced to 12 with influential standoff Andrea Dobson binned for persistent foul pay.By the time she returned, Saints had scored twice through Gaskin and Channy Crowl to take a commanding 18-point lead.Dobson reduced that deficit adding a try of her own but Saints weren’t going to be denied,Gaskin went over in the corner – and hit the conversion – before good hands saw Roxy Mura scorch home from 40 metres.After the game Brennan said he was happy with the win and especially the way his side fought back in that first half.“We were a little sloppy at first but kept on working to go in at 10-10,” he said. “We regained our focus at half time and then played much better in the second half.“We showed some nice things with the ball and muscled up well against a physical Featherstone pack.“t was a good win in front of a good home support too. We are really appreciative of the fans coming out to see us.”He continued: “We have a week off now and that will allow us to focus on our next game which will be a tough one away at Wigan.“But we know if we keep on improving and working hard then we will give ourselves a good chance.”Match Summary:Saints: Tries: N. Williams, Jones (2), Gaskin (2), Crowl, Mura Goals: Gaskin (6 from 7)Rovers: Tries: Bulman (2) Dobson Goals: Dobson (1 from 3)HT: 10-10 FT: 40-14Teams:Saints: Rotheram; Yeates, N Williams, K Williams, Burke; Marsh, Gaskin; Lovejoy, Jones, Whitfield, E Rudge, Mura, Crowl. Subs: Taylor, Richardson, Ward, Harris.Rovers: Senior; Lloyd, Daniels, Hazel, Bulman; Dobson, Hepton; Churm, Grenham, Bell, Powell, Harrowell, Teece. Subs: Key, Barford, Lowish, Mills.