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Kristian Woolf praises his side for playing their style in the snow and gives injury update

It certainly wasn’t the ideal day for rugby in Hull today.

With snow and sleet pouring down, things were certainly tough for both Hull FC and St Helens. However, unsurprisingly, the Champions handled it better with a professional and dominant display which saw the Saints come away with a 38-6 win.

The Saints were helped on their way by fantastic tries from Jack Welsby and Lewis Dodd as well as a reckless red card from Hull FC skipper Luke Gale. However, Saints still had to nail basics on a tough afternoon and certainly did securing a comprehensive win which pleased Head Coach Kristian Woolf.

When speaking to Channel 4 after the win, Woolf said: “It’s really tough conditions. I was really happy with our blokes, I thought we played some great footy, I thought we defended really well and in really tough conditions I thought we played some good footy.”

He also spoke about the difficult task of playing their style of play in the tumultuous conditions at the MKM Stadium today: “We didn’t change the game plan but obviously you’ve got to be a bit different in how you play but it’s certainly not about changing your game plan. We want to play our style of footy and just play a bit earlier and play to the conditions and use our kicking game really well.

“We’re all about effort, that’s what wins big games.”

Woolf also gave a brief injury update. The Saints were unable to field Will Hopoate today due to a rib injury with replacement Josh Simm crossing for a brace in his absence.

Woolf was pleased to report that there were no new injury concerns from the game apart from some bruises: “Everyone’s come through pretty well, we’ve got a few bumps and bruises. We’ll worry about Wakefield in a couple day, it’s important we enjoy the win today.

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