KC Pleased With Friendly Hit Out

KEIRON Cunningham was pleased with his side’s first hit out of the year as they beat Widnes 16-0.

Saints ran in three tries to regain the Karalius Cup and gave their entire squad a run out in the process.

“Today wasn’t about the result, it was seeing where we are at and looking at combinations,” Cunningham said. “For large periods with the top squad on things looked really good for us.

“We did the right things for large periods and the second half was also very promising.

“We had a picture on the pitch the other day with 24 players in our squad who had come through the academy system. Two or three of them couldn’t play today through injury but the rest did really well.

“They are a credit to the club and you could see that with how resilient they were in the second half. That is the Saints way. I wouldn’t be worried about playing any of them this year.”

Keiron added: “Danny Richardson did well. He hasn’t been far away. Only a fool tries to hold something back and I’m not a fool. If he makes the team better we will filter him through and make sure it is the right thing for him and the team.

“Ryan (Morgan) is a top of the ground player and showed how quick and agile he is. He has a lovely catch pass and great feet and is always looking to promote the ball. It was a good hit out for him.

“Theo (Fages) looked good too. He has trained well all pre-season and the pressure was on him when Matty went off. He and Danny went well together. He looked a lot more composed and we just have to keep working with him and pushing him in the right direction.”

KC confirmed that Matty Smith is having a check on a leg injury.

“We don’t know at the moment but we don’t think it is going to be good,” he said.

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