Wakefield Match Is Do Or Die

Justin Holbrook knows Thursday’s game at Wakefield is ‘do or die’ and is excited about seeing his side respond.

Three defeats have left Saints in last chance saloon but the club’s head coach is confident they can do well at Trinity.

“We haven’t got time to dwell on the loss to Wigan, we are definitely disappointed, there’s no shying away from that, but we have to focus on a must win game on Thursday against Wakefield.

“I said to the playing group on Saturday in our review, it is perform now or we are gone. There’s no extra week where we can talk about missed opportunities or improving, we have to get it right on Thursday. I’m excited about that, as it is a do or die game, and that is the beauty of the Super 8s.

“I am contemplating changes as I know I have to get it right this week. It is a crunch game, Theo (Fages) will come into my thoughts, Danny Richardson has been going well as has Matty Lees too.

“Ryan Morgan should be ok. He has to do a number of tests to be cleared but he came into training this week feeling ok.”

A win over Wakefield would leave Saints a point behind Thursday’s opponents – and the last time the two sides met Holbrook’s men won 41-16.

Trinity have risen into the top four since then – and head into this week’s game on the back of a 43-18 victory over Salford.

“Wakefield are going well,” Holbrook continued. “Chris Chester and John Kear are doing a good job with that side. Jacob Millar and Tyler Randell are good players and Tyler seems to have fitted in nicely.

“I am confident in our side and looking forward to seeing how we respond on Thursday.

“We have to get better in all areas. Defensively we were poor against Wigan, we gave them too much time to play.

“I thought we were ok in attack. We had last pass issues twice in the first half and that could have changed things at half time.

“Benny (Barba) went well too. To play 80 minutes first game back and being 12-0 down after five minutes is tough on anyone – especially when they are being asked to create things.

“He did well in his first game and will be better for the run.”

Saints travel to Wakefield (8pm) on Thursday. Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.

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