Saints Set Template

JON Wilkin says Saints have now set a template for the rest of the season following their win over Wigan.

Man of the match in the 16-12 victory, the back rower told Sky Sports the commitment and effort displayed now has to be replicated in every match.

And he thanked the fans too.

“We had a point to prove,” he said. “We have been soft against Wigan over the last couple of years and we wanted to come here and aggressively blow them away.

“We lost Luke Walsh but we dug in and our commitment for each other has to be our template going forward.

“We have to show that every week – we can’t go losing 42-0 away at Catalan. We are a champion team and have to start showing that.”

He continued: “The adversity last year probably equipped us with a skillset to close a game out so losing Luke Walsh wasn’t a disaster even though he is a world class half back. It’s not ideal, but between four or five of us we have the flexibility to change the way we play.

“Paul Wellens at full back releases a lot of pressure on the halves and I thought our big men were outstanding too.

“We have been up and down this year and this win was a big thank you to our fans.

“We wanted to put on a performance and this was for them.”

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