Holbrook keeps Saints grounded

09 August 2017 00:54:17 GMTPlus10

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook says the team will continue to take one game at a time in their bid to make the end of season playoffs.

Saints caused something of a shock in their opening game of the Super 8s, winning away at runaway Super League leaders Castleford Tigers.

We want to be in our own control and are in that position now.

Justin Holbrook

It means that, in the race for a top four place and the end of season playoffs, Saints are fourth, a point ahead of Salford and Wakefield.

After overcoming last week's challenge at the home of the Tigers, they have another stiff test on Friday when they host a Hull FC side who sit third.

The Saints start to the Super 8s and their form generally, having won their last four league games including a win over Hull FC, leaves Holbrook happy with their progress.

He told the club's official website: "We want to be in our own control and are in that position now.

"We have to keep it that way. It may be a cliché but nothing has changed since I first came in. We are taking it one week at time. We wanted to get better and we have done that.

"We are happy with how we are playing. Our decision making in defence has been really strong and we are going pretty well with the ball too. It is a good mix but we have to keep it up."

Saints are 1.36 to win on Friday night with Lee Radford's side 3.20.

Holbrook will have to make changes with Luke Douglas out with a knee injury though Danny Richardson is expected to be fit again.

Hull FC, as well as their Super League ambitions, are at Wembley at the end of the month, taking on Wigan Warriors in this year's Challenge Cup final.

They are current holders of the trophy and are 2.10 to win again this year with Wigan priced at 1.72.

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