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Holbrook: Performance A Pleasure To Watch

Justin Holbrook was understandably delighted with his side’s performance as they beat Salford 60-10 on the road last night.

Saints ran in 11 tries to stretch their lead at the top of the Betfred Super League table … and give their points difference a healthy boost too.

Ben Barba grabbed a hat-trick in the rout too but left the field on a stretcher late in the game.

“I’m obviously not 100 per cent sure on Benny’s injury, but we are hoping it is just precautionary and the doctors are playing on the safe side,” Holbrook said. “He looked like he fell awkwardly and at first I thought it was a collarbone type thing.

“Our doctor was checking his neck to see what feeling he had and we’re hopeful it is a burner or a stinger.

“Ben was brilliant tonight. He is enjoying playing and is a leader in our team for what he does not just on the ball but off it too. It is hard to single any one out in a performance like that but as we are talking about him, he has been in great form. 

“He played a couple of games last year unfit as we took a chance; in pre-season he came back two weeks earlier than anyone else and as I have said before, when you do those things you get the rewards.

“He has been fantastic for us and he was again tonight.”

He continued: “When you come off a win like the one we had last week, you know you cannot just continue and expect it to happen again. The players knew that, created chances early and did so well with 12 men.

“It is hard for me to comment about Matty Lees’ sending off as he is on my team but I thought it was harsh. I only saw a few replays and I thought he hit the shoulder first.

“It is what it is though and I couldn’t be happier with how they responded at half time. Not one of the players wanted to take what happened as an excuse and they saw it as a challenge.

“It was a pleasure to watch them go about it.”

Saints are next in action when they host Catalans Dragons on Thursday May 3 (7.45pm). Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.

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