Justin Holbrook was undoubtedly pleased with Saints 46-6 win over Castleford on Friday night.
“The boys were fantastic tonight and we got off to a great start,” he said. “Everyone will get better as the year moves on and I’m sure Castleford will be disappointed. But from our end we couldn’t have asked for any more.
“We didn’t expect to win with that scoreline of course. You’re always confident with your pre-season but when round one comes you know you have to perform and tonight we did.”
He continued: “Ben (Barba) was really good, especially when we were down to 12 men and he came up with that big tackle. Then, on the very next set he scores a try too. Special players produce special plays and he did two in two minutes. He was fantastic.
“I didn’t predict he would have such a good night but I always said he would produce some of the things he would do. He has had a good pre-season and came back two-and-a-half weeks earlier too. If you do those sort of things you get the rewards don’t you?
“Jonny (Lomax) was outstanding in that first half. He got that left edge firing and then slotted in nicely when we lost Ryan Morgan at half time. Theo Fages didn’t miss a beat either.
“It was tough to leave Matty Smith out and couple of other goo dplayers but the 17 delivered for us. It was tough to do that; Matty is a competitor and wants to play. He has a great attitude and I’m sure he will keep rocking on.”