Soliola is making a big impact

Saints Sia Soliola is tackled in the game against Salford City Reds at Langtree Park.
Saints Sia Soliola is tackled in the game against Salford City Reds at Langtree Park.
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POWERHOUSE second rower Sia Soliola says his big hitting approach to defence is worth the risk.

The 25-year-old, who became the first Saint to score a Super League try at Langtree Park against Salford last Friday, has won fans for his high workrate.

But he is the first admit his big hitting defensive work carries with it a risk.

“Those hits are instinctive and you have to get the timing right; they are one of those things,” he told the club’s website.

“Adrian Morley does it too; you have to see the opportunity. Of course there is a risk to it.

“If you miss, they could break through.”

Soliola also spoken of the impact the atmosphere made by the club’s fans had on the players.

“It was a crazy atmosphere, unbelievable really,” he said. “The crowd were vocal and on top of us.

“I didn’t think it would be that intense and it was like a Grand Final.

“You could feel everyone roaring to go.”

n EX-Saint Vinnie Anderson was forced to wear protective tights when his Salford side took on Widnes on Sunday.

Salford boss Phil Veivers gave special permission for his players after complaints about cuts and grazes caused by the Vikings’ new i-Pitch.