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Kristian Woolf explains why Mark Percival was taken off

St Helens head coach Kristian Woolf revealed they came into the game against Huddersfield with a plan regarding centre Mark Percival.

The England international came back into the side after injury and scored before he was taken off in the 55th minute of Saints’ 18-10 win at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Speaking on this situation, Woolf said: “Mark Percival is 100% fine. We came into this game with a plan that he was going to play 50-55 minutes.

“Obviously, he is coming back from a small injury but we wanted to make sure not to create a bigger problem because of his history.

“The advice we were given was that if he played 50-55 minutes this week, then we can build on that and get him back playing the full 80 and that is the best way to bring him back.”

The match itself was a game of two halves which saw St Helens dominate territory in the first 40 minutes, building a 12-0 lead, with the Giants coming back in the second period.

Saints would eventually prevail 18-10 but Woolf admitted after the game there are elements of his team’s performance that must improve.

“I was a bit disappointed with the two tries we conceded,“ he added. “I thought we defended for really long periods and then allowed fairly easy tries in.

“The only reason we allowed them in is that we did not get our numbers right at all for both of those.

“That is something we need to look at and improve. We put ourselves in a position where we had to do too much defending on our line, particularly at the start of that second half, just with our own errors and some indiscipline.

“There was some uncharacteristic stuff like kicking out on the floor as well. All in all though, I am very happy with what we are doing.”

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