Yates’ verdict: Saints adopting to weather conditions

Kieron Cunningham
Kieron Cunningham
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A team capable of adapting to all seasons is the key to Super League success according to Saints' boss Keiron Cunningham.

Spring, summer or winter weather brings differing challenges and conditions and how players finely tune their game to cope with the vagaries of the British climate could separate the eventual champions from the also-rans.

Saints' head coach Keiron Cunningham said: “You are normally faced with wet, cold and tricky conditions during the early stage of the campaign and try to pick up as many points as you can in the circumstances.

“Then comes the middle section when the weather dries up and you can play some nice entertaining rugby before the rain often comes down on Grand Final night!

“In other word you're faced with three seasons in one and have to adapt accordingly.”

Despite the setback at Salford, Saints have picked up three wins in four matches in trying and testing conditions, the latest coming against a Castleford side which went into Friday night's encounter at Langtree Park boasting an unbeaten record.

Cunningham said: “My halves kicked the ball well and allowed us to control the game for large periods.

“There was a foot of snow on the pitch earlier in the day and then came the rain and it was always going to suit the team that kept hold of the ball and were more disciplined in defence.

“It was also one of the best repeat set games we've had and the type you need to play in these conditions.”

He added: “There is still room for improvement for sure. We are working extremely hard in training and getting better in attack, but you can only play what's in front of you and the conditions.

“At the same time we are beginning to pick up some nice points along the way.”

Two more against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, who visit Langtree Park on Friday night, will be top of Saints' agenda.