St Helens boss Kristian Woolf calls Huddersfield clash ‘toughest challenge yet’
Table-topping St Helens face what head coach Kristian Woolf describes as 'potentially our toughest challenge of the season so far' when they travel to Huddersfield tomorrow night (Thursday).
Saints go into the cross-Pennines showdown boasting a 100 per cent start to the 2021 campaign and will want to build on their early success.
But Woolf will be taking nothing for granted and reads little into the fact that the West Yorkshire outfit are still searching for their first league win.
He said: ''Across the board, they are a quality and classy side with plenty of experience in their ranks and while without a league win in 2021 will want to show real steel and turn things around.
''On the flipside, we have confidence in our own ability and also the same kind of steel when it matters and we are all looking forward to what will be another tough test.''
Since the beginning of the new season, Woolf has had to ring the changes due to injuries in the camp and this has given some of his youngsters an opportunity to shine.
Teenager Jake Wingfield was the latest to be given a chance against Wakefield Trinity last Friday and didn't let anyone down despite it being only his second first team game.
Woolf said: ''The biggest compliment I can pay Jake is that he looked so comfortable with the ball and in defence, adding something extra to our game when he came on as a sub. He looked a real Super League player.''
So, too, did the versatile Jack Welsby, who has been an ever-present this season after his never-to-be-forgotten exploits in the 2020 Grand Final against Wigan Warriors.
''I've been impressed by Jack since I first came through the door. He can play a variety of positions but in the near future we will need to sit down and talk about what he thinks his best spot is,'' said the head coach.