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Holbrook: Don’t Drop Standards

Justin Holbrook says Saints cannot afford to let their standards slip when they host Widnes on Friday.

Although the Vikings sit at the foot of the Betfred Super League table they pushed Hull FC all the way at the weekend.

“They aren’t far off at all,” Saints Head Coach said. “They played well on the road and made a strong Hull side work hard. They obviously haven’t been winning but they are trying hard and I’m sure a win is coming.

“We have to make sure we don’t drop our game because if we do then we could be in trouble.”

Saints head into the match on the back of an exciting win over Wakefield that ebbed and flowed.

Trinity scored four tries in 20 minutes to overturn a 20-6 half time deficit only for Holbrook’s side to reply with three in seven to take the spoils.

“In the first half we really dominated and they came up with a high risk play,” Justin added. “If the pass had been right we would have gone the length of the field and been 30-0 up.

“In the second half we did a lot of things we wouldn’t normally do. We kicked out a couple of times, dropped the ball and gave away a lot of penalties too.

“As a result we didn’t see the ball for a lot of the time. They are a big side and a good attacking team and took advantage.

“But we scored three quick tries to get back in front and I was really happy with that. We were unlucky at the end too – Percy is half a touch away from getting that strip and scoring.”

Holbrook says he will leave it until later in the week to decide on the fitness of Ben Barba whilst Ryan Morgan will need an assessment on the knock to his head he suffered in Friday’s match.

“Tommy Makinson also has a bump on his knee,” Justin added. “We will check on all these players as the week goes on, but we do have options there.”

Tickets for Friday’s game, which kicks off at 8pm, remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.

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