We can learn a lot from Wembley defeat, insists Makinson

St Helens and England winger Tommy Makinson is confident his side will learn from the bitter disappointment of losing at Wembley last month.

Saints picked up their second successive League Leaders Shield last Friday and sit 16 points clear at the top of Super League, but are still searching for what many perceive to be a major trophy after losing the Challenge Cup Final to Warrington.

Although happy to pick up the mantel of League Leaders again last Friday, Makinson is determined to right the wrongs from the Wembley defeat and secure more silverware in 2019.

“It is good to win this (the League Leaders’ Shield) but it is still not known as the big dance and we have one more we want to go for and put the disappointment of last week behind us,” he told St Helens Star.

“We need to play in the big games like we have all year – completing our sets, put teams in bad spots and do what we are good at.

“In the big game last week (in the Challenge Cup final) we went away from our game plan and we did the same last year. Teams are too good (if you do that).

“So we can learn a lot going into the big games.”