Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook has provided a candid assessment of his own faltering form during Saints’ torrid Easter.
The versatile forward, 28, admitted both he and the rest of the side need to cut out the errors after Saints’ unbeaten start to the season ended with a whimper with three successive defeats - two in Super League and one in the Challenge Cup.
He admitted: “My form has been a bit up and down this year. I started okay but have dipped a bit really and my performances haven’t quite been up to my standard recently.
“Hopefully I can carry on grinding, carry on training hard and get back into a better vein of form. With the competition there is in the pack it’s vital that you play well or you’ll find yourself out of the side.
“We need to get over Easter quickly and get back on the bike. Obviously Leeds are a top side but we were disappointed to go out of the cup because, as a group of players, we’re determined to win things. Hopefully we can get to Wembley again in the future.
“The confidence in the dressing room has taken a blow - nobody wants to lose three games on the bounce - but the best way to get that confidence back is to get back out on the field and win a few games.”
McCarthy-Scarsbrook, a Londoner, will see a few familiar faces in the opposition when Saints line up against London Broncos tomorrow night - having come through the ranks under its previous Harlequins RL guise.
But, while he hopes the Broncos are able to stave off the threat of relegation to the Championship, he’s determined to help Saints get back on track.
He said: “London is going to be a hard test. Their squad is full of young kids with lots of enthusiasm - they’ve got some really good players down there. Hopefully we’ll come away with the two points and put in a really good performance, which we need to do.
“We need to cut out the errors. If we do that it will go a long way to keeping the ball in our hands out of the hands of the opposition - as well as giving them less chance to have a go at our line.
“I know I’m biased but I think it would be a big loss if there was no London club in Super League. I would love them to stay up but if they do go down and regroup and blood the youngsters with a tough season in the Championship then it might end up being a good thing.”
On a lighter note, McCarthy-Scarsbrook also distanced himself from responsibility for the parody “Boring Mark Flanagan” Twitter account which popped up earlier this month, insisting the posts were “too smart” to have come from him!
He said: “I think it’s one of his celebrity mates because he likes hanging around in those circles. Knowing Mark, it could be anyone - he likes hanging around with all the A-listers.
“There’s been a few rumours at training. People seem to think it might be Wilko or Wello, but I’ve got no idea. It’s too smart to be me!”