Cunningham’s delight at taming of Tigers

Atelea Vea is halted by the Castleford defence
Atelea Vea is halted by the Castleford defence

St Helens coach Keiron Cunningham was delighted his side managed to back up their close-fought win over Leeds by defeating Castleford Tigers 30-20 to stay in touch with leaders Warrington.

Saints twice came from behind to secure an exciting win over a depleted but brave Castleford at the Jungle

”The best thing to come out of the game was the way we got out to a lead towards the end and defended it,” Cunningham said.

“We were our own worst enemy at times - after every try we seemed to cough up some soft possession to let Cas back into the game.

“The worst thing to happen to us was Cas losing by that score last week. I knew it was going to be a physical encounter regardless of who was or wasn’t playing for them.

“It’s always tough coming to this place and getting the result whichever way you go about it is the aim and we’ve done that.

“We can be better but we’ve gone two in a row and it’s something to really build on.”

Jonny Lomax, once more switching between full-back and wing on his return from a second knee reconstruction, followed up his two-try performance on his comeback against Leeds with Saints’ final try to put the seal on the win for Cunningham’s men.

“We’d have been happy pinching it by four points but Jonny comes up with a great play, as he always does,” Cunningham said. “He was really tired out there but he’s a game-breaker.”

Second rower Joe Greenwood scored Saints’ opening try and he went over in the second half to take his tally for the season to nine.

“That’s why I chucked him back out there,” Cunningham added. “We needed points and Joe gets points.”