Holbrook hails “outstanding” Saints defence

St Helens boss Justin Holbrook said the desperation of his side’s defence in their win over Wakefield was the ultimate difference between the two sides.

Saints started fast, as they had in round one, but Wakefield battled back to tie the game at 18 all late on.

After repelling multiple sets on their own line, the Red V found a last gasp score to Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook to secure consecutive wins, and Holbrook praised his players in particular for their efforts without the ball.

“In the second half we defended our line outstandingly, for four or five sets and that is what won us the game in the end,” Holbrook said.

“It is always a hard place to come. The minute you think you are in control something happens and it flips on its head and we are camped on our own try line for 10 minutes.

“In the end, to the players’ credit we kept working and came up with a good win in the end” he added.



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