Rush: Benchmark

MIKE Rush said Saints had got back to something of a “benchmark performance” following their 62-0 win over Widnes.

His side were rampant as they ran in 11 tries to defeat the Vikings.

“It was better wasn’t it?” he said. “We defended better and that was probably the goal at the beginning of the game, to have a better effort than in the last seven or eight minutes of last week.

“We didn’t need to say anything as a coaching staff after last week, the amount of pride our players have, they knew that wasn’t their benchmark.

“We produced something tonight that was a benchmark performance from us. Last week we were pleased to get through, but not in a way we wanted to play. Tonight was about doing better and I thought defensively and offensively we were better. It was something like at the level we were at against Leeds and Warrington as well as Castleford. That determination to defend our line, it was there tonight. We now want to continue to build this momentum and take it into next week.”

He continued: “Adam Swift did really well. He’s had some tough times in the last seven days. Harold was a big part of Rugby League in this town, and I’m sure all his family are proud of what he achieved today.”

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