St Helens could’ve wrapped up the League Leaders’ Shield last night but a surprisingly under par performance from the Champions saw them comprehensively beaten by their rivals Wigan who maintained their unbeaten record at home with some brilliant breakaway tries.
A minor setback for the Champions, but they should still wrap up the trophy in the next two rounds with games against Wakefield and Toulouse.
Thus, despite the defeat to their rivals, coach Kristian Woolf wasn’t too concerned and was pleased with the effort put in.
“I was proud of the effort we put in,” Woolf said on Saints TV, “I thought we tried really hard. There were really long periods there where we were doing a great job.
“The fact of the matter is when we had those positions we made too many errors and come up with a few defensive errors particularly in the first half, I don’t mean the couple of runaways at the end, that can happen, but a couple of those tries in the first half were below our standards and we’ll look at that.
“A couple of lessons that particularly the young boys will benefit from that.”
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He also gave an update on how he plans to rotate his side ahead of the Wakefield clash admitting he expects it to be tough with a third of the squad absent: “We don’t have an awful lot to bring in to be honest. Of a squad of 30, a third of them are unavailable at the minute.
“What we’re going to do at the moment, we’ll come in tomorrow and see where we’re at with injuries.”
You can watch the full presser here.