Match Reaction…

MIKE Rush said Saints wanted to steamroll Bradford from the off on Friday and that contributed to a comprehensive 54-0 win.

Although the Bulls were depleted, Saints started with a big pack and it did its job in the early stages.

“We started with a big pack as we wanted to steamroll them and that is what happened,” he said. “I thought we were good from the off and we owed it to ourselves to attack a little better than we did last week.

“I think defensively we aimed up again and that is important for us as we had an off day a few weeks back and took a lot of criticism as a result. We are starting to remove that from us and I am really pleased with how we performed.

“We used the ball well even though the conditions were bad but to be fair you have to give credit to the groundstaff on producing such a good pitch to play on despite the rain. It is a firm surface and it isn’t the conditions that affect how you play, it’s your footwork. If you look back to that game at Odsal we played in ankle deep mud and struggled. The pitch at Langtree Park is excellent.”

Josh Jones grabbed a hat-trick in the match to celebrate a new three-year deal he signed on Thursday.

He added: “Josh Jones played well didn’t he? He’s stronger than cider and takes on the line well. We’ve never really struggled with juniors here… we’re lucky we have a production line and a number of the juniors when they are given the challenge and an opportunity to perform they can.

“This was Josh’s ninth game today and I can’t remember him making more than one error in all that time. He is a real good player and hopefully he keeps his feet on the floor. He has a new deal and is certainly one for the future.”

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