Flying wingers back on track after Souths blip

Tommy Makinson crashes over during Saints win over Castleford
Tommy Makinson crashes over during Saints win over Castleford
  • Cunningham praises wingers return to form
  • He admits outside backs were poor against South Sydney
  • KC believes Wakefield are threat to Saints 100 per cent league record

Saints’ outside backs may have struggled against South Sydney in the World Club Challenge - but they were back on song against Cas.

Adam Swift and Tommy Makinson both crossed the whitewash against the Tigers, with young centres Mark Percival and Josh Jones also touching down.

I thought the outside backs were quite poor against Souths - they would hold their hands up to that - but credit to them, they were good against Castleford and, in large portions of the game, they were very good

Saints boss Keiron Cunningham

Keiron Cunningham didn’t hold back in his criticism but praised the youngsters for showing plenty of character to bounceback against Cas.

He said: “I thought the outside backs were quite poor against Souths - they would hold their hands up to that - but credit to them, they were good against Castleford and, in large portions of the game, they were very good.

“It was a tough week. I knew the World Club Challenge would have some influence on us but I didn’t realise how much. We probably don’t even realise now how vital that Castleford win was.

“Warrington and Wigan both struggled after the World Club series. It probably had a bigger effect than we were expecting. Emotionally, it was a massive thing to build up towards. To then have your pride hurt like we did rocked the boys a little bit.

“But they showed a lot of character and showed how good they are as a team to get through that.

“Obviously it was good to get the two points but it was mainly about the performance - it was important to get back on the field and right a few wrongs. We weren’t as smart as we were in round one and two, but we ground out a good victory and deserved the points in the end.”

Cunningham admitted that he won’t be letting the players watch the video of this Friday’s opponents Wakefield’s heavy defeat by Widnes for fear of complacency.

And he reckons the Wildcats pose a completely different threat at home.

He said: “Wakefield have played really well so far this year - I’ve watched all their games. Even though they won away at Castleford, which is no mean feat, they’re a different proposition at home.

“We know what to expect. But we’re three from three and we’re keen to kick on and keep doing well.”