Match Reaction…

KEIRON Cunningham spoke about Saints creating a legacy at Langtree Park following an outstanding 18-14 win over Wigan Warriors.

He paid tribute to his players – and the noise of the crowd – following the victory.

“The boys played really well,” he said. “We weren’t great with the ball at times but we defended like troopers. We kept hanging on in there and finding a way. That is team spirit you can’t manufacture. You have to have that fight and want and we have. We are finding a way of doing things.

“As soon as we get that combination of attack and defence together we will be a fair side.

“Wigan are a good side and throw a lot at you. They challenge you on every play. I thought we got some really stiff calls at times – the forward pass is one I’m not sure of. Then, they went down the other end and Tommy Makinson made that amazing try saving tackle.

“It was a special night, especially when you see players fighting for each other.”

He continued: “In big close games you always get a chance to win it and we got a chance and took it. I am really pleased for the lads. There has been a lot of stuff said about certain individuals over recent weeks – let’s see what they say this week.

“The Leeds performance encouraged us then to go to Cas and scrap for that win was massive – especially when you see what they did to Leeds last night. Winning becomes a habit, as does losing, and we don’t want to break this circle.

“It was a semi final game at times – quick and physical – and definitely a classic Saints v Wigan match.

“The place was rocking – we are creating legacies at this place. We are creating memories for kids and spectators in this fantastic stadium.”

Keiron said Atelea Vea did well on his return and Mose Masoe was superb after what has been “a mini pre-season for him” over the last couple of weeks.

“The halves were great and Jon Wilkin was superb too. I can’t praise him enough – he epitomises what St Helens is about for me,” he added.

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