KC Seeks Improvement

KEIRON Cunningham is hoping Saints’ improvement continues this Friday when they face Wakefield Wildcats at Langtree Park.

His side sit fourth in the First Utility Super League following two wins on the bounce – the latest two-pointer coming after a 28-22 decision over Castleford last week.

“I thought that was a good solid victory against a very capable and well drilled side,” he said. “I am more than happy with what we did. We played well and pulled away nicely but the soft try at the end was a bit of a killer and put us under pressure we didn’t need.

“In the end we controlled the game for large portions and were dominant with the ball. The halves kicked the ball well and that was the difference between the two sides for large periods of the game.

“We have won three from four and are showing improvement. We are picking up victories – the one at Hull KR and then one against one of the form sides in Castleford. It isn’t about hitting your straps in February, March or April – it is about picking up points and then being ready for the Challenge Cup rounds and beyond. That is when you have to be firing.

“We are improving all the time. The back three – Shannon (pictured), Tommy and Adam – haven’t done a pre-season with us and I cannot stress how important the off-season is in terms of building combinations. They were sat on the sidelines in pre-season but have come back and are now improving every week. Jonny Lomax isn’t far off too.

“I am excited about what is coming. I know we are firing at around 65 to 70 per cent at the moment – it is scary to think where we could get to as a team.”

Saints face a Wakefield side this Friday that like Hull KR a couple of weeks back, have just undergone a significant coaching change.

Brian Smith resigned from the Wildcats earlier in the week.

“I thought Brian had done a great job there and had them playing well,” Keiron continued. “So yet again we face a club with a bit of adversity and they will come here fired up.

“Wakefield are strong and like to throw the ball around. Against Warrington they were unlucky with a final pass here and there and against Catalan they showed their spirit to come back. The scorelines aren’t reflecting the type of rugby they are playing. They are a different animal this year.

“But I’m sure if we do the right things and prepare well then we can have a good night.”

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