Rush: First Class Attitude

MIKE Rush praised Saints’ mental toughness and attitude after they hung on to beat Castleford 18-12 on Easter Monday.

His side lost three players during the match and had to defend their line for a number of repeat sets but came up with the win.

“I thought out attitude and determination were first class,” he said. “We were all disappointed with the Good Friday match as it was a big game for us. It means a lot if you’re from St Helens and to get beat by your arch rivals is hard. Personally, I struggled with it on Saturday too. For the players to back up and do what they did defensively today and keep banging in with the shoulder, that was great.

“I think three times we defended 18 tackles and on the last one it was 24 or more. We were mentally very strong and our determination was fantastic.”

The win came at a cost with Tony Puletua, Ade Gardner and Gary Wheeler all coming off the field.

“TP is a shoulder injury so we will get him assessed as soon as we can, but with Ade we’re not too sure at present. Wheels pulled up and it could be his hamstring but it’s probably something and nothing.


“We are stil pretty healthy though. It is very rarely you have 1 to 17 on the field and I’m sure that is the same for other clubs too. We prepare for it and plan for it.”

Saints should also find out the nature of the injuries to Jonny Lomax and Jon Wilkin tomorrow.

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