Kristian Woolf gives his take on Wigan Warriors red card and singles out one man for praise

St Helens surely now have one hand on the League Leaders’ Shield which has evaded them since 2019 despite their dominance.

The Saints opened up a four-point gap between themselves and Wigan at the top by defeating the Warriors in a classic game at the Magic Weekend.

After the match, Saints boss Kristian Woolf emphasised his pride: “I was really proud of our guys today. I thought we played a good game of footy.

“It was a high quality game of footy between two teams who will be playing finals and it had a sort of finals feel to it in the ground and everything.

“It was great from that point of view.”

He also singled out Joe Batchelor for praise who could be considered the match winner.

He got Saints’ first try to get them ticking as they trailed 12-2 before coming up the match winning assist.

“He kept his head and did a really good job for two tries,” Woolf said of the backrower, “The temptation I’m sure for the first try would be to try and run over the top of Jai Field but the presence of mind to put in a kick for himself and score that way was probably not something Jai was expecting from a backrower.

“His presence of mind at the back end there, there’s so much space and options sometimes that can confuse you. It shows his class.”

There was of course a huge moment when Brad Singleton was sent off for making contact with Curtis Sironen’s head late on in the game which gave the Champions the edge.

Firstly Woolf confirmed that Sironen “should be fine for next week” after passing his HIA. He then went on to give his view of the decision: “In terms of the cards, it’s good to see that there’s a little bit of consistency there. Obviously some things were missed last week and it certainly looked like they got some things right there from the sidelines.”

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