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Saints Hit Form

MIKE Rush said Saints have finally hit a bit of form and are playing the way they want to after seeing his side record a 38-12 win over Wakefield.

It was the club’s seventh win in eight and took them up to fifth in the table.

“We’re happy with the result, but even with the two tries conceded we can do better,” he said. “We can still improve. We could have been further ahead with a few more conversions too. We are getting in a bit of form, playing the way we want to and it is going alright.

“The penalty count was 10-3 against us in the second half but we had 19 sets and still scored tries. It was good. We didn’t make a mistake in that half.

“James Roby was good tonight and is a smart footballer. He must be a contender for Man of Steel and for me he is the best player in Super League.

“He created space for others and our forwards did well off the back of it – Flanno for one.”

Saints took Sia Soliola and Michael Shenton off as a precaution as they took knocks in the second half but both are expected to be fine for next week’s match with Wigan.

“We love those games don’t we,” Mike added, “and we are looking forward to it. We are one-nil down in the series and we have something to prove. We need to aim up and do the things we didn’t do right last time and mentally it will be a big battle for both teams.

“You have to enjoy Saints v Wigan don’t you and it is extra special because it is a knock out competition.

“We took the two lads off as a precaution and it was a shame as Sia was great in the first half. He is a big bloke, fast, aggressive and is just what you need in a back rower.

“Jon Wilkin is not far off and was touch and go for tonight. We’ll see how he goes during the week. Gary Wheeler did well in the 20s but I think next week’s match will come a week too soon for Ade Gardner.”

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