Game Of Two Halves

KEIRON Cunningham spoke of a game of two halves as Saints beat Warrington at the Magic Weekend.

His charges turned around a 16-8 half time deficit to win 20-16.

“I thought we were good and the second half outstanding,” he said. “It was certainly a game of two halves. We started with vigour and plenty of will, but we dropped away after 10 minutes and tried our best to lose the game.

“We couldn’t complete a set and the first one we did, Louie scored. There’s a moral in that tale.

“We had a chat at half time and they came out fighting. We knew if we completed our sets then we would get opportunities. We gave some silly penalties away and right at the end when Louie was pinged I thought it was in the stars we’d lose the game.

“But we showed real spirit and resilience to defend the game. That has happened two weeks in a row now. We backed our defence and it sealed the victory for us.

“You can’t fabricate that spirit, it happens over time. They fought to defend their line and were proud of what they did. It was good to get that monkey off our back, now we have to learn from that first half.”

One of the highlights of that steadfast defence was the wonder tackle from Tommy Makinson on Daryl Clark just seconds before the final whistle.

The winger flew out and smashed the Man of Steel to force a knock on.

“That was great wasn’t it,” Cunningham added. “He was one of the best players on the field for us and great on both sides of the ball.

“He is defensively turning into a complete player as are all our outside backs. Jamahl Lolesi works with these kids and they are coming a long way which is good to see.”

Saints face Salford this Friday (8pm) at Langtree Park and tickets are on sale now.

You can get them from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455052 or online here.

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