Holbrook previews Giants test

Saints Head Coach Justin Holbrook believes Huddersfield Giants will be full of confidence following their win over Wigan Warriors, but is confident if the players perform how they have in the five rounds so far, Saints can pick up another two points.

The Giants were impressive in the in 14-6 win over the Warriors at the DW Stadium in what was their first triumph of the Super League season. The Saints boss believes Simon Woolford’s improving side will be a test, but is sure that if the Red Vee can show the level of consistency we have shown in the first five rounds, Saints can pick up the win.

“Huddersfield had a good win over Wigan at the weekend which will give them some confidence. They have got a big strong pack of forwards and some powerful outside backs so they carry the ball strongly and it is up to us to keep going the way we are, he said. “For us we have to continue playing the way we are and we are looking forward to the game.

“Our last two wins have been fantastic and against London we were unlucky not to score another four or five tries and I am really happy with the last two weeks. If we can keep playing that way we will get some more wins up.

“It’s easy to say, ‘keep playing the way we are playing’, but it’s hard to do and our players are doing that and that is probably why we are the only side who haven’t lost yet because we are consistent and that’s a credit to the playing group and we have to continue.”

Saints kept the Broncos scoreless in the win at the Totally Wicked on Friday and Holbrook has put down the impressive defensive showings to hard work on the training field.

“We probably had one bad half of defending against Leeds and outside of that we have defended really well this year and we are hoping we continue,” he continued.

“It’s down to simple hard work. They are a great bunch of guys that listen and learn a lot and they are working really hard and that shows.”

Theo Fages picked up the Man of the Match award in the victory over the capital rivals and Holbrook is pleased with how the Frenchman has started the season, whilst he also reserved special praise for Aaron Smith who was a late inclusion following the injury to James Roby and the pair were both named in the 19 man squad for the trip to Yorkshire tomorrow.

“Theo has always been a good player and he has really settled in the team nicely. He has been getting better every week and is controlling the side really well and he had a fantastic game for us against London. We had to play with a lot of pace as a team as London were defending really well and we stayed patient and a lot of that goes to Theo, Jonny [Lomax] and Lachlan [Coote]. He is kicking the ball well as well and he is getting better every week.

“I also thought Aaron [Smith] played terrific for us. Robes could have potentially played, but he had a niggling injury and we chose not to play him. We have a lot of confidence in Aaron, he is a great young player who has shown he is up to a start when called upon.”

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