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Holbrook Still Seeking Improvement

Saints head into Sunday’s clash with Wakefield top of the Betfred Super League but Justin Holbrook says there is much more to come from his squad.

Easter wins over Wigan, Widnes and Hull FC have them four points clear at the summit ahead of the game at Mobile Rocket Stadium.

“We know we can get better and are still working towards that,” Holbrook said. “The playing group is really level headed here and are training well. We know we have hard games coming up but every time we run out on to the field I feel confident in what we have done during the week, and that is all you can ask for.

“We set high standards here, they live to those and that continued this week. We gave them four days off and when you come back in it can take some time to get back into it.

“But it was the opposite, we had to pull them back a bit and it’s this that gives me confidence every week.

“Although we are happy with where we are at, we have another tough opponent coming up on Sunday.

“Wakefield have been pipped three games in a row so we know it will be hard.

“They haven’t been far off in most weeks and are a dangerous side. They are playing well and have been consistent.

“It is a good place to play too. We had a real nail biter there last time, and six weeks before that we had a good game there so it is one we are looking forward to.”

Saints will be without James Roby for Sunday’s game – and that is likely to see a promoted role for Matty Smith.

“Robes won’t play. He has rib cartilage damage so will be out this week, possibly next. Ben Barba is fit to play; he had a virus last week and we nearly could have played him but it was better that he got himself right.

“We have options at nine and it will be good for Matty Smith to be involved again. He has been good all along. He may not have had many games but has been fantastic all the way through. He will be in this week.

“Alex Walmsley is also on the mend. He won’t have a scan until the end of May now but is doing well.”

Tickets for Sunday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.

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