Match Reaction

MIKE Rush said Friday night’s win over Hull KR was probably good for the paying spectator but not for his health.

It took a late Tony Puletua try to seal a 34-28 victory even though Saints led 26-0 after half an hour.

“At 26-0 a few people probably wanted a more competitive game and whoever wished for it, got it,” he said. “I want to meet them though as they’ve done me no favours and probably took three weeks off my life!

“It was certainly a rollercoaster ride. We were 26 points up and probably playing the best we’ve played since we took over. We were on a par with that first 30 against Leeds. Mentally perhaps we switched off and made a couple of errors. For sure one of their tries we gifted them the ball and their wingers did the job.

“We will need to watch the video and fix it up. Other than at the Magic Weekend, the 14 or so games we have played we have defended well in most of them and tonight we didn’t.”

He continued: “We showed resilience at the end and I think that shows where we are as a team. We are confident, believe in ourselves and knew we could win. We were never going to give up and showed if we needed to get to that next level, we would get it from somewhere.

“That’s really pleasing as you get into the business end of the season. You can mentally and physically do what is needed.”

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