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Holbrook Happy After “Good Win”

Justin Holbrook was happy as Saints recorded their third win in eight days to go six points clear at the top of the Betfred Super League.

Zeb Taia scored a brace as they beat Hull 26-12.

“I thought we played really well and it was a good win,” he said. “When you play your third game in eight days, you need everyone to play well and I thought they did that. All our forwards were really strong. To ask them to do what they have done already and do it in the fashion they did, was fantastic.

“It was a good sign from our boys that after a tough Friday they wanted to back up on Monday and then come through one more tough assignment tonight.

“I’m proud of them.

“Hull are a very dangerous side and they never went away. They have real strike. They scored against the run of play when we could have dropped on the ball – but a bit of NFL, then Tom Brady threw the pass…. but we held on in there.”

He continued: “James Roby is sore – it could be a rib or rib cartilage, which is always painful. It’s too early to tell but it would be a big ask to back up next week, although we do have a nine-day turnaround. Matty Smith was excited to get the opportunity and I thought he went well for us.

“He only found out he would play after lunch today. Ben (Barba) was ill and could have played but it was a good sign for the rest of the team to play as well as they did with the disruption.

“That is real credit to the players.”

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