Boof: Back To Basics

ANTHONY Laffranchi says got back to basics on Sunday and reaped the rewards.

The forward was one of Saints outstanding forwards in the 46-6 win over Leeds – the team’s first win in six attempts.

“It was a great performance and much overdue,” he explained. “For morale and confidence it was a great time to do it and especially against a team like Leeds.

“We knew were not far away and just needed to get back to basics, simplify our rugby and work to our strengths.

“There have been periods in our previous matches where we have played for 40 minutes and then had a disappointing 30 minutes or so where we give away silly penalties. We thought if we can build pressure and get rid of those penalties and errors then we could come up with the result.

“We looked at the experience of our side beforehand and that gave us confidence. Nearly all the guys in the 13 are internationals or have played pretty high rep level. So it was pleasing that everyone went out and did their job.”

Sunday’s match is history though now and Saints have to back-up with a trip to Warrington – a team they haven’t beaten since 2010.

And for Boof it will be a reunion as he comes face-to-face with a few of his NRL colleagues.

He played for Wests Tigers and Gold Coast Titans before making the trip to the UK.

“I played a bit with Joel Monaghan and we were roommates for seven weeks with the Kangaroos in the 2008 World Cup and I have obviously played against Adrian Morley during his time at the Roosters.

“Brett Hodgson is a close mate of mine too. When I played at Wests with Brett we could never fathom how he could get bashed about, thrown around and then just get up. He just keeps turning up and his support play is dangerous.

“They have strike right across the park and we have to be on our game to match that.”

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