Preparation Must Be Right

KEIRON Cunningham says Saints are enjoying life at the top of the First Utility Super League table but they must continue to work hard on and off the field if they are to be successful.

His words came after the 32-24 win over Warrington last Thursday.

“We’re six from six and the players are enjoying their purple patch,” he said. “They are working hard off the field and are a great group of people too.

“The systems at this club are second to none. Players enjoy coming into training; they work hard, have a laugh at the right times and work hard at the right times too. That is showing on the field – we work hard for each other.

“When our lines are broken, we scramble, defend and do everything we possibly can to stop those tries. When they concede they are visibly upset.

“Warrington are a great side and they will compete for everything this year. They beat Leeds convincingly and I knew we had a real challenge on our hands. But I also knew we had the beating of them if we did the right things.

“The players handled it well but they made a couple of slack defensive decisions and were stinging from that.

“But the scoreline was a little flattering I thought. We got the two points but would have liked to have done it in a grander style.

“They got three barge overs and a charge down. They didn’t really earn the right to score – our systems and processes were really good, but we had a memory lapse and got burnt. The players are really hurting from that.

“You have to tip your hat to the Wolves though; they are a real attacking threat and took their opportunities.

“Having watched it again, across the board we were by far the better team.”

Saints head into this Friday’s game at Hull KR seeking their first win in eight games at that venue.

It’s a stat that’s alarming to some… but Keiron isn’t too fazed.

“Hull KR is always a tough place to go and we know our track record there isn’t the greatest,” he continued. “But we can’t change what has happened there, it is the past and it won’t even come into my thinking in our preparations this week.

“It is about what is happening this week and how you mentally prepare for that. I’d like to think we will fight for everything to get those two points. If we prepare well then we will be difficult to beat.

“It will be tough to pick a side though. There is a lot competition for places and I don’t just base it on how they play.

“It is how they are as a person and how they train. I like players who are the complete package, those who you would want to go to war with.”

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