Match Reaction…

MIKE Rush echoed his comments of last week following another last gasp Stobart Super League win.

This time, unlike the win over Hull KR, Saints really pushed their luck time wise, taking home a 24-23 victory in the very last second.

“It is always good to win one at the death and I’m sure our fans will have enjoyed the experience,” he said. “But, let’s be honest, we could have put the game to bed earlier.

“We were defensively on top in the first half, but we weren’t under a lot of pressure. Then a ridiculous bounce on this iPitch allows Patrick Ah Van the opportunity to score. Tommy Makinson was scrambling and I’m sure if he had his time again he would dive on the ball or kick it dead.

“At half time we spoke about continuing the good work of the first half. Offensively we needed to calm down a bit and as a result we started the second half well. We got good shape and got back to the systems we needed to and then all of a sudden when we should have been 10 to 12 points ahead, Andy Dixon threw an intercept, unfortunately for him, and it was game on again.

“I thought when Phelps scored that was it but fair credit to the lads. They played for the full 80 and two points is better than none. Come September it won’t matter we scraped it today.

“Lee Gaskell’s kick off the touchline was really good.”

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