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“It was our own doing” – Kristian Woolf reflects on St Helens’ shock defeat to Toulouse

Last night, the unthinkable happened. The unbeaten Champions St Helens lost to bottom club Toulouse who went into the game without a win.

It was a brilliant game complete with eight tries as Toulouse showed the attacking flair which took them to Super League in the first place and last night it guided them to a first Super League win in their history at the expense of the Champions who had been tipped by some to go the season unbeaten.

Naturally, St Helens’ coach Kristian Woolf was pretty disappointed with his side’s performance. Having been so perfect in the opening five rounds conceding just 28 points all season, it was something of a shock to see the Saints conceding 22 points.

“We were obviously well off the mark,” Woolf said after the game, “Well off the mark where we’ve been over the last five weeks. It wasn’t something we’ve seen coming, we trained pretty well this week.

“But quite obviously, you look at the start. We were a bit too casual in a lot of things at the start and that really hurt us.

“I think the biggest indication is we had 28 points scored against us in five games against some of the leading teams in the comp and we let in 22 tonight. That shows we weren’t quite as committed.

“I think it was our own doing. We usually play with discipline, we usually play with really good intensity. Defence is something we pride ourselves on and we didn’t have that about us tonight.”

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