Simmons’ Praise

SAINTS head coach Royce Simmons took time out to praise the determination of his players following their 22-16 win over Catalans.

A number of the squad were injured in the match and that meant everyone had to step up.

Leon Pryce limped off early in the match and Scott Moore was knocked out – leaving Saints with effectively 15 players – whilst Chris Flannery [stomach bug] and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook [shoulder] played on.

“It is very hard to come over here and win,” he said. “It is a massive trip and for some of the players would have been an eight or nine hour trip.

“Then we lost Leon early in the game and then lose Scott Moore… we also had to leave Chris Flannery out there, and Louie with his shoulder. We were down to 15 men and two of them were busted.

“So all in all it was a real gutsy win and you build your season off the back of wins like that.

“You have to give it to Catalan too though. They are a tough side at home and their fans are fantastic. They have improved a lot from their first couple of games and I thought their kick and chase was good. They didn’t give us many chances down on their line.”

He continued: “The lads were disappointed with the Warrington defeat and they felt they let a lot of people down. They worked hard through the week and the benefit of that came through.”

Leon Pryce looks set to be out of action for up to six weeks as Simmons urges caution with his groin injury.

“He stretched it out in the game and it looks like, once the scans are confirmed, he could be out for six weeks.

“It makes it tough for us of course and the squad will be tested. It is a big week for us with a short turnaround and we also have six players away with England too.

“The only time we will train together is Thursday and that isn’t ideal when we are facing a Quins side in good form.”

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