KC: Complete Performance

KEIRON Cunningham is seeking a complete performance from his charges this Friday.

Fresh from a lethargic win over Widnes they face Wakefield at Langtree Park who pushed Wigan all the way last week.

“We looked a little tired and jaded against the Vikings,” he said. “We had come off the back of the Easter programme and two massive games against Huddersfield and Leeds.

“Leeds probably felt that bite in their home game against Warrington too although the Wolves were really good.

“You have to give my players credit for battling through it. We looked nervous and perhaps the fear of a loss got the better of them on a couple of occasions.

“Widnes came to play and it was an entertaining game. We’re thankful of the two points and we move on from that.

“We came through ok and are reasonably healthy.”

He continued: “I thought Luke Walsh was outstanding as was Jon Wilkin too. He dropped back into the second row and did 80 minutes standing on his head. His performance was outstanding.

“It was good to see Mark Percival too; he is a different calibre of player. We’ve not had him in there for a while and we saw what we have been missing.”

Cunningham says of Saints’ long term absentees Matty Dawson is likely to be the one that returns first – although he is a number of weeks away.

Both Joe Greenwood and Atelea Vea are progressing well whilst Paul Wellens has had hip surgery that will need to settle down before he is considered for action.

Meanwhile, Keiron is also pleased with the contributions of Tommy Makinson and Andre Savelio.

“Tommy is a great athlete and certainly attacked well at the weekend,” he added. “As he matures he will be a more complete player and is doing a great job for us.

“Andre has been outstanding and certainly one of our best forwards in the last two or three weeks. He has really come of age; I set him a challenge at the beginning of the season to be the leader of our juniors. He has took that on really well and has come a long way.

“There’s lots of improvement in him too and that is the really scary thing.”

Saints face Wakefield this Friday aiming to record back-to-back wins for the first time since mid-March.

“We’re looking for a complete performance. We weren’t that far away against Widnes but we looked tired. When we put our foot down we looked a different class to the opposition.

“Wakefield can certainly play and were outstanding at the beginning of the season with a full squad. They have lost players but they are starting to come back.

“We owe ourselves a complete performance. If we come with the wrong attitude then it is going to be a hell of a game for us.”

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