Barba won't give up on top four
St Helens half-back Ben Barba says the team has not given up on reaching the top four, despite the recent defeat to local rivals Wigan Warriors.
Saints must beat Wakefield Trinity when the two sides meet in West Yorkshire on Thursday if they are to stand a realistic chance of breaking into the Super League play-off places.
There are three games remaining and we have made it tough for ourselves, but we will give it everything.Ben Barba
But Barba insists that Saints are capable of beating Wakefield and breathing life into their hopes of making the top four, despite the short turnaround between matches.
"It is a shorter turnaround, but a lot of work goes on with our trainers and coaching staff so we are right and ready to do. It is easy for us as players as we are looked after at Saints, so there is no excuse," said Barba, who says he is eager to find his own top form during the weeks ahead.
"I have been working hard over the last few weeks and took my first step in this game. I'm hoping to build now and be a bit sharper and a bit better for the game on Friday and take it into the weeks that are ahead."
Barba made a belated debut for Saints in the defeat to Wigan, following a drugs ban, having arrived from the NRL ahead of the Magic Weekend in May.
"It was a good experience and an unbelievable game to play in, but we are disappointed we couldn't get the win," said the half-back.
"There are three games remaining and we have made it tough for ourselves, but we will give it everything."
Saints are currently 5.50 to win the Super League Grand Final, with Wigan priced at 501.00 and Leeds Rhinos 2.50.
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