Morgan Knowles limps off, but Woolf praises “incredible” support

Kristian Woolf was particularly happy with his side’s defence as St Helens thrashed Salford 28-0.

“I’m happy, I thought we defended terrifically; we made it really hard for them to get out of their own end and then we worked hard to scramble at our end too,” Woolf said.

“I thought attack wise, when we put our sets together, we created some great opportunities, but we did lose a little bit of momentum sometimes.

“There were concentration errors around the ruck and we need to a bit better with our security, but I think if we do that we would have given our attacking players much better opportunities.

“We controlled the game through our defence and the energy and effort we put into that, but we have plenty of improvement in us and we’re only going to get better throughout the season.”

It was the first game in 429 days where fans could enjoy the play and Woolf could not hide his joy at welcoming supporters back.

As soon as the players ran out for the warm up and the reception they got, my hairs stood on end.

“It is incredible to have the atmosphere back, and to actually feel it again reminded us just how much we’ve missed it.”

There was one sour point for Saints though as Morgan Knowles exited the field only to fail to return in the second-half. Woolf, however, was not worried.

“I thought Morgan was great and really added to us and I thought he gave us a different dimension in attack.

“He’s one of the best players in the competition and I thought for as long as he had missed, he was superb.

“He just pulled up a little bit tight which is unsurprising considering how little he has done so we didn’t put him back out.”

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