KEIRON Cunningham has issued a stark warning to his St Helens players as they look to get their play-off race back on track.
The coach hopes the champions don’t ‘leave it too late’ to secure their place in the top four after consecutive Super 8s losses to Catalans and Hull FC.
Saints are still third and very much in the driving seat to secure a shot at reaching October’s Grand Final but Cunningham wants the players to address their recent slump sharply.
“I just don’t want the players to leave it too late and then realise they’re in a play-off situation and try and do something about it,” he said.
“In pre-season when you’re running up those hills sweating blood and tears – this is what you’re doing it for – your final two months and that’s what we’re in now.”
Saints need to beat Huddersfield on Thursday to wedge a four-point gap between themselves and the fourth-placed Giants, but Cunningham also wants his players to get back into the habit of playing well for more than just points.
In pre-season when you’re running up those hills sweating blood and tears – this is what you’re doing it forKeiron Cunningham
“We want a real good crack at this now,” he explained.
“If you want to make that top four and have a good shot of playing in a Grand Final you have to start playing well and we have to start doing the little things really well. I’m confident the boys will respond.