KC: Build On Performance

KEIRON Cunningham is hoping his charges can build on their performance at Hull FC when they face Warrington Wolves at Langtree Park.

The two sides lock horns for the second time this season on Friday – Saints producing their best display of the season to win the first fixture at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

“I thought we righted a few wrongs with the performance at Hull FC on Saturday and bar a few poor decisions and tough calls from the man in the middle we should have come away with it,” he said. “For large portions of the game we were the better side but we came away with nothing other than a little polish on our pride.

“We had lots of opportunities even though we lost our half back in the first minute. That meant we had to juggle the whole side around and that isn’t an easy thing to do. It also hurts our rotation. But every one to a man did themselves proud.

“We started slowly but built into the game and scored some nice tries. We then had those chances but we got hurt and fell short. That said, it was a good performance.

“Now we have to build on that into this Friday’s game.”

Cunningham indicated he would likely select the same half-back combination that played 79 minutes at Hull FC now it has been confirmed Luke Walsh will miss the next few weeks.

The scrum half has a lower leg injury which isn’t serious. 

Keiron added: “Walshy and Theo (Fages) were going well – Jon Wilkin came in and did a good job on Saturday. He is a good leader for this club and to have his influence in the middle will help us.

“These derbies are always good ones no matter what form the teams are in. It will be great for the fans. We got loud support at Hull FC last week and at Magic too. Hopefully, they will turn out in their droves to support us and we can get back to winning ways.

“We know where we have to head and hard work will take us there. We are working exceptionally hard and Saturday turned the corner for a lot of the players, but we didn’t get the spoils.

“We have to work hard on individual performances and from that the collective will be better.”

Tickets for Friday’s mouth-watering tie are on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.

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