Wilkin wonder pass ‘like Andrew Johns’

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  • Saints boss praises skipper and makeshift scrum-half Jon Wilkin
  • Praises his wonder pass for Adam Swift’s try as having a ‘hint of Andrew Johns’
  • Cunningham confident more improvements are to come from his in-form side

Jon Wilkin’s stunning long pass to set up winger Adam Swift’s try against Warrington has seen him compared with an Aussie rugby league great.

The superb cut-out pass, which left Swift with the simple task of walking the ball over the line, had a hint of Andrew Johns about it - according to Saints coach Keiron Cunningham.

Not bad for a back-rower who has been forced into action at scrum-half so far this year while Luke Walsh is sidelined.

Cunningham said: “It was a brilliant pass for Swifty’s try wasn’t it? It had a bit of Andrew Johns about it. Jon almost looks like he’s been playing at half-back all his life!

“He’s such a good player and it’s great to have someone as versatile as him. He leads really well too.

“Jon brings a bit of aggression to our play and he always seems to do the right thing at the right time.

Jon Wilkin

Jon Wilkin

“His enthusiasm rubs off on everyone else.”

Cunningham is happy with his squad but he is not looking too far down the road, insisting the Good Friday clash with arch-rivals Wigan is not even at the back of his mind yet.

He told of the importance of focusing on this Friday’s Super League tie with Hull KR before turning his attention to Wigan.

He said: “The Wigan game isn’t even at the back of my mind. I’m preparing my team for Hull KR this week and I’ve not even started looking at Wigan yet.

“The Hull KR two points are as important to me as the Wigan two points. If we were to lose the Hull KR game and win the Wigan one I’d still see that as two points lost.

“If you look too far down the track you’ll get turned over.”

Cunningham also reckons that, despite sitting top of the pile after six games, there’s plenty more to come from his Saints side.

“I’d like to think there’s more to come,” he said.

“We’ve got a world-class half back ready to drop back into the team and Mark Percival and Jonny Lomax to come back in at some point.

“You’d like to think those players will make us a little bit sharper in attack.”