KC: It Wasn’t Pretty

KEIRON Cunningham says the win over Catalans wasn’t the prettiest to watch – but it was good to get two points under their belts.

Saints got their title defence underway with an 18-7 victory at Langtree Park on Friday.

“It wasn’t pretty,” he said. “It’s disappointing for me that all these rugby league fans who have been waiting for this season to start, to see the sport they love… that after two TV games all people are talking about is how many refereeing decisions are made in the game. We want to just play Rugby League.

“The side hung on in there and their resilience and effort defensively was good – they keep showing that to me because they are making themselves defend a lot. We defended 30 tackles in a row and then went up the other end and should have scored. That changes the whole aspect of the game – our skill was off tonight.

“We looked a little nervous; we looked like we were playing on TV for the first game of the season. When we got into our rhythms though we looked undefendable – we threatened them every time.

“Catalans showed immense resilience for what they have gone through. They lost Tonga, didn’t have half backs and were without middle men. I thought they were great and will be up there this year.”

Keiron revealed after the game that Luke Walsh is in light training with the team now and is an outside chance for the World Club Challenge.

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