Drop-goal hero Lance Hohaia vows that Saints’ fearsome forward pack are ready to “fight fire with fire” against Warrington tomorrow night as they bid to secure the League Leader’s shield.
The Kiwi, 31, who has consistently produced his best form in the red vee this year, admits Saints came off second best in every department against the Wolves at the Magic Weekend.
But he says Saints’ switch to the use of brute force following the season-ending injuries to playmakers Luke Walsh, Jon Wilkin and Jonny Lomax could help them secure top spot at the first time of asking.
He said: “The forwards are probably more important than the likes of me in the next few games. We’ve got a few big ball carriers - even in defence they all work extremely hard.
“They’re a great forward pack and great bunch of guys - hopefully they can get us on the front foot in the big games we’ve got to come.
“Warrington got really stuck into us at the Magic Weekend and it rattled us a bit. We know they’re going to come out pumped up again so we’ve got to match fire with fire and take the game by the scruff of the neck from the first whistle.”
Hohaia, who knocked over a nerveless match-winning drop-goal against Leeds last week, says the players have spoken about the possibility of securing the League Leader’s shield in training this week.
But he admitted that, although they were all excited at the prospect of winning a piece of silverware, they’re also focused on going all the way in the play-offs.
Hohaia was also happy to report that he felt no ill-effects from the nagging foot injury which had previously sidelined him for several weeks.
He added: “It would be nice to secure the League Leader’s shield in front of our own fans - but it’s not our main focus. We’ve got a lot of big games coming up so to come through tight games like the one against Leeds is a real confidence boost.
“I understand I’m playing a key role in the team now but I don’t think too much about it. It’s nice to get my hands on the ball more often.
“We all need to stay fit now, but if injuries happen we’ll just have to deal with it. Touch-wood we’ve had all our injuries for the year.”