Repeat Sets Told

SAINTS boss Royce Simmons said the key to victory on Friday night was “repeat sets” and the “weight of possession”.

He was talking after he watched his side run in 52 points over Wakefield to keep hot on the heels of Huddersfield at the top of the Engage Super League.

And whilst the win came at a price, he was pleased with how Saints performed.

“It was really good I thought,” he said. “Wakefield were good for 25 minutes but our weight of possession told. We got a number of repeat sets and goal line dropouts and we burned up a lot of their energy.

“They came with a lot of desire and they did a lot of work to get of their lines. But we ground them down and our halves turned them around.

“On the back of that Tony Puletua and Shaun Magennis played well as did Louie Mc too. We only had 13 players at the end and they kept on going. In the end we only made nine changes in total as in the last 15 we had no subs left.

“James Roby ended up in the halves and Tony Puletua played 60 minutes. Sia was fantastic too as he played the full 80 and never stopped going forward.

“Gary Wheeler too… he showed a lot of energy. Jamie Foster is getting better – he’s a quality finisher and so often turns four into six, but we sometimes forget about the guy on the other wing too. Ade carries the ball a lot of yards and has been in tremendous form over the last couple of weeks.

“Tommy Makinson is a confident kid and that try will help!”

Depsite the win, Saints have injury concerns heading into the Easter programme.

Lee Gaskell has “probably fractured his ankle or something along those lines” according to Simmons, whilst Chris Flannery has a torn hamstring.

James Graham has damaged his sternum all three are not expected to play next weekend.

Shaun Magennis will have a finger injury assessed during the week.


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