Kristian Woolf has his say on controversial moment

There was one particular moment that stood out in St Helens’ victory over Hull FC in the Challenge Cup semi-final.

Josh Griffin went to ground with a serious looking injury, only to drop the ball with no one around him. Theo Fages picked up and scored, much to the chagrin of the Hull fans.

Saints boss, Kristian Woolf, however believed that the French halfback was right in doing so.

“It’s play on and if that had have happened to one of us I would have expected it to be play on too.

“It’s a terrible injury for young Josh Griffin and it takes a long time to come from back – nobody wants to see that but it’s play on.”

Woolf was full of praise for the way his side handled the adversity.

“It was a very tough second-half and to Hull’s credit they kept coming and chanced their hand a bit.

“We made it a little bit difficult for ourselves and we needed to be a bit smarter. What good teams do and what we did is find a way to win, but we know we can be better.

“We just stopped building pressure like we did most of the game and they kept coming.”

The Saints boss believed his side were “nervous” in the opening exchanges.

“I thought we started a little bit nervous and it’s something that we learnt the cup can do to you.

“Hull started with a lot of emotion and energy and they had a lot more intent about them and they came after us.

“We stuck with them and weathered that early and clawed it back and got them on the first opportunity.”

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