Saints coach Kristian Woolf looking for positive response after first defeat
Saints' supremo Kristian Woolf insists that tonight's (Friday) Super League showdown with Hull FC at the Totally Wicked Stadium will have little, or no real bearing on the following week's Challenge Cup semi-final tie between the two clubs at Leigh Sports Village.
Woolf, who quickly learned in his first season at the club in 2020 what a trip to Wembley means to the players and fans of the 12- times winner of the iconic trophy, said: ''They are two contrasting competitions in which teams play a little differently and there's more riding on the line in the cup. If you lose, you're out.
“The fact is, if we take our eyes off this weekend, then that’s when injuries happen and that’s when form slumps so we’ve got to make sure we’re ready to go on Friday night.”
But all the focus initially will be to pick up two points against the Humbersiders and erasing the memory of Saturday's defeat to the Catalans Dragons in the south of France but that won't be an easy task against a side who have been travelling well and lost only two games to date.
At the same time, Woolf declares: ''There is no better game to play in terms of coming off the back of a disappointing performance in France than facing another strong team and to get a good response from the players.
“We were a long way off our standards. We have looked at a few things we can do better.
“Good teams respond really positively after a disappointment like that and I have got no doubt whatsoever that we will respond really well.”
St Helens will also have to keep a close eye on the Airlie Birds' experienced and versatile Aussie Josh Reynolds.
Woolf said of his fellow countryman: ''Josh has been a good signing for Hull. He has a competitive streak and this seems to have rubbed off on his new team-mates.''
Last ten meetings:
Hull FC 18, St Helens 32 (SLR3, 16/2/20)
Hull FC 6, St Helens 22 (SLR29, 13/9/19)
Hull FC 12, St Helens 40 (SLR21, 5/7/19)
St Helens 62, Hull FC 16 (SLR12, 22/4/19)
St Helens 38, Hull FC 12 (SLS8-R5, 14/9/18)
Hull FC 18, St Helens 34 (SLR21, 13/7/18)
St Helens 25, Hull FC 22 (CCQF, 3/6/18)
St Helens 26, Hull FC 12 (SLR10, 6/4/18)
St Helens 6, Hull FC 8 (SLS8-R2, 11/8/17)
St Helens 19, Hull FC 12 (SLR21, 7/7/17)
Super League summary
St Helens won 36 (includes wins in 2006 Grand Final & 2001 and 2006 play-offs)
Hull FC won 17
St Helens highest score: 74-16 (H, 1999) (also widest margin)
Hull FC highest score: 44-6 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)