After a bit of a blip recently, St Helens have bounced back massively in the last two weeks with 98 points scored to 18 in wins over the two Hull FC side.
It’s no surprise that 80 of those points came when Will Hopoate was on the field as his return seemed to spark a refresh in the Champions’ attack which had blunted against the likes of Wakefield recently.
Hopoate seems like the ideal player for the fullback role at Saints with Lewis Dodd injured for the rest of the year and Jack Welsby playing in the halves, but unfortunately the versatile back continues to pick up injuries which have seen him miss a huge chunk of the season very rarely playing the centre role you’d expect him to given his number three jersey.
Frustratingly for the Saints, Hopoate has again picked up another problem struggling to move at the end of the first half of their win over Hull KR and subsequently being taken off.
After the game, boss Kristian Woolf gave an update on one of the men he brought in ahead of this season.
Woolf told Saints TV: “He’s had some tightness in the hamstring and he’s obviously had some issues there before so we took him off at halftime as a precaution. I think everyone can see how key a player is and how good a player is. I think he showed his class last week and in that first 40 minutes again tonight.
“We need to make sure we look after him and he’s ready for the big games.”
🗣️ The boss on victory over Hull KR and an update on the condition of Will Hopoate.#COYS
— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) August 19, 2022
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