More needed to reach potential

Saints head coach Keiron Cunningham
Saints head coach Keiron Cunningham

Keiron Cunningham was pleased overall with his players’ effort for their 44-4 win over Wakefield last week.

But he still thinks his side need to concentrate for the full game, and says there were periods in the first half 
which could have been 
better.

“For us the biggest thing was a good mental attitude and a good mental preparation for the game,” he said.

“I think we were a bit shy at the start of the game. There were times when we were just doing enough - this is no disrespect to Wakefield.”

Saints led 20-4 at the break before going on to make up more ground on Leeds Rhinos at the top of table, who only managed a draw against Huddersfield.

And the boss was pleased Saints didn’t fall victim to switching off when the game was in the bag - ensuring they didn’t let the Wildcats run in tries. “The response we got after half-time was outstanding and that’s what you get with 
a good group of senior 
players who want to do well for 
you,” Cunningham explained.

“The response was really good but the start of the first half wasn’t good enough for that situation.”

Cunningham also revealed his side came through the match with no fresh injury concerns, although Luke Walsh has missed some training sessions this week.

But the Australian is fit to face Catalans Dragons this weekend.

“Walshy’s legs grumbling a little bit – he’s missed a couple of sessions but he’ll travel and play,” said Cunningham.

“To string three games together without injury is good for us and if we can string some combinations together it will work well for us.”