SEAN Long praised the Saints after their 26-22 win over league leading Castleford on Monday.
“I’m really pleased with the effort and energy considering we backed up after Good Friday when we only played with 12 men,” he said. “That sapped the energy but the boys turned up after a short turnaround and played with bags of energy.
“We didn’t make it easy for ourselves as we coughed up a bit too much ball but we just kept on turning up for each other and found a way to win.
“Cas are a class team so to beat them was pleasing. I still think we could handle games a little bit better. We could close them out a little bit easier and probably our game management was a little off, but the guys’ effort was unreal.
“I am really chuffed for them that they got the two points.”
He continued: “Regan Grace was good again. He has been working really hard in the 19s system. He has pace to burn but still has a lot to learn. We aren’t getting carried away and neither is he. He is grounded and wants to work week in week out and that is a the sign of a good player.
“Every young kid coming through thinks they are ready. It is pleasing that the kids have took their chance – now it is up to them to keep their jerseys.”
Saints next home game at the Totally Wicked Stadium is against Leigh on April 28.
Tickets for that match, and our away trip to Widnes this Friday, are on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.