Justin Holbrook insists Leeds are still the team to catch despite Saints being top of the Betfred Super League.
His side are five from five whilst the Rhinos have only dropped one game this season.
But the head coach says last season’s premiers are still the team to watch.
“They are the defending champions,” he said. “They are the ones everyone has to chase. They are a good quality side and it will be a hard game.
“They are a hard-working team and pop up everywhere in defence. They also play some good second phase type rugby and they have strong outside backs.
“They are a strong side and continue to show that. They’ve only lost one game this year so we know it will be a tough game. But it is one we are looking forward to.”
Saints have been receiving the plaudits for their unbeaten start to the season – and Holbrook says there is more to come.
“Every team will improve and although we are winning, we will get better,” he added. “We’re picking things up in our video sessions and the players agree with them. We’ll definitely keep on getting better.
“The players are working hard and are getting their rewards.
“We’re enjoying our start but are remaining level headed. We set high standards here and are training and playing well. We need to continue to do that and we will work hard to do so.”
Saints welcome Jon Wilkin back on Friday but will be without Alex Walmsley who came off the field against Warrington with a neck problem.
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