Champions St Helens have lost the last two and now have to host league leaders Warrington Wolves on Thursday night.
The Champions are doing it tough in terms of injuries and Paul Wellens has explained why their absentees are so detrimental on Saints TV:
“Like most games there’s a few knocks and bump and bruises, they’ve all trained this afternoon. Obviously Jake with his head knock he’ll miss the week which is really unfortunate for Jake.
“If we’d have handled certain situations a little bit better then we could have given ourselves a chance at winning.
“What we’re missing at the moment is what you’d call our most potent ball-carriers in Alex Walsmley, Siona Mata’tuia and Curtis Sironen and players who can get you on the front foot through carries.”
These injuries even saw Jack Welsby move into the pack at loose-forward on Friday night.
On this Wellens said:
“With a player like Jack I think it’s easy, he’s a natural player who you don’t need to sit down and educate him on where he needs to stand.
“He minds of the kid at the park on a Sunday morning who just goes and gets the job done, he’s quite refreshing in that sense to work with a player like Jack.”
As they prepare to take on Warrington, Wellens was full of praise:
“I think you have to pay a huge amount of credit to Daryl Powell, you look at last year and you talk about doing it tough. Well he’s certainly done tat and now he’s brought n players he wanted and recruited well and he’s getting results off the back of it.
“He’s a coach who’s turned the situation around in fine style and he’s certainly getting the results.”