“THIS will go down for me as one of the greatest wins,”
That was the thought of Assistant Coach Keiron Cunningham after Saints beat Leeds 14-10… with nine first team players missing.
“It was a special win,” he said. “For as long as I have been here, that was really special. To dig yourself out of a hole like that and hang on in there.
“It was great spectacle tonight and watching stuff like that can make you understand why this is the greatest game in the world.”
Saints Academy system came to the fore in the contest with Andre Savelio making his debut and 11 players coming through the ranks.
“We knew last year’s pain would be worthwhile,” Keiron added. “We have built a great squad and we will continue to that. The foundations of the club are very secure. We have always had a good youth structure here and have good people in charge. The pain of last year paid off and to stand up against a great Leeds side was fantastic.
“We have a great back three and it is scary where they can go. They have a good coach in Jamahl Lolesi and are improving every week. I think they are the best in the comp.”
Keiron also paid tribute to Paul Wellens, Lance Hohaia and the Langtree Park faithful after the win.
“Wello is a true warrior. He has played full back for about 1000 years and comes back, plays wherever we want him, and he competes at the highest level. He is one of our best middle defenders and he has never done it in his life.
“He is a leader and role model. He leads the work ethic at this club and we are enjoying our moment in the sun.
“Lance has fantastic too. He does what he always does and led from the front.
“The fans were fantastic tonight. It was always going to get a few seasons to create an atmosphere and a legacy and I’m not saying we have done that, but we are on our way to it. They were buzzing tonight and so are we.
“We will bounce into next week now and are looking forward to it.”