Justin Holbrook admits that Saints Challenge Cup Semi Final defeat will sting for a long time – but Friday’s game comes at a good time to begin the healing process.
His side will line up against Huddersfield in the first round of the Super 8s.
“It still hurts,” he said. “It is disappointing to think we were miles apart from where we should have been. We made too many errors and Catalans took advantage. We tried to fight back in the second half but it was too big a task.
“The players are doing it tough as they should and I do want them to feel that way at the moment. I don’t want it to be brushed aside. They are all disappointed as all the staff are. It is what we have to accept and move forward.
“The only positive is we can get back on it this Friday. It is a good thing we get to play again but it is the only positive I can think of.
“I feel really sorry for the fans and I feel disappointed for everyone that works at our club from the CEO and Chairman, the people in the office, everyone involved at the club and the fans. I know how much it meant to them. I understand as do the players so it is disappointing.”
Saints will aim to start their Super 8s campaign on the front foot when the Giants come to town.
Simon Woolford’s side have only lost once in their last ten matches and will provide a formidable opening fixture.
“They have to win out to realistically reach the four,” Justin added. “We have drawn them first up so that is tough and makes it harder. We will have a couple of days to get over Sunday and the game will help the playing group.
“It will sit with us for a few weeks for sure but the best thing is we have a game to prepare for.
“We have to get to back to playing how we have all year. We have to dust ourselves off, get back on the field and come away with a win.”
Saints face Huddersfield Giants at 7:45pm on Friday at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
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