SAINTS face Widnes and Castleford in important friendlies over the next two weeks with their eyes set firmly on the Betfred Super League opener with Leeds.
Keiron Cunningham’s men will lock horns with the Rhinos on Thursday February 9 – and it’s a clash the head coach is looking forward to.
“At this time of year it is all about us and making sure we are heading in the right direction on and off the field,” he said. “There’s only so much you can take out of pre-season and Leeds will be in a similar position. What we do know is that they will be fit after having lots of injuries last year.
“But we aren’t a bad side ourselves and with the recruits we have brought in we are a better side than last season.
“We wouldn’t want a better opening to the season. We want to sink our teeth into the comp from round one and therefore there isn’t a juicer tie than Leeds at the Totally Wicked Stadium.”
Cunningham is expected to run with a large squad for Sunday’s clash before whittling it down to around 21 or 22 for the game with Castleford.
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