Wilkin: Saints must adapt

16 August 2017 21:49:42 GMTPlus11

St Helens captain Jon Wilkin admits that the team must learn to adapt to compete in more arduous encounters, and poorer weather conditions.

Saints were beaten at home by Hull FC last Friday, but remain on course for a top-four finish.

They return to action on Friday, when they travel to Headingley to face Leeds Rhinos.

"We had the best of it in that first half but we weren't clinical enough. I thought we looked more threatening than Hull with the ball but ultimately we didn't hold the ball long enough to really expose them," said Wilkin, who is Saints' longest-serving current player.

"When it's wet it's more difficult to hold the ball. We didn't adapt quickly enough and that's the lesson for us. I thought the game was really tough and physical, but we didn't adapt to the intelligence side of the game and the skill side of the game quickly enough."

Saints have enjoyed a significant resurgence under head coach Justin Holbrook, and Wilkin is confident that the team can challenge for a place at Old Trafford, and then win the trophy.

"Grand Final night is quite often a wet night. We want to be there and if we want to be there we're going to have to play in conditions like that," he added.

"We've been training hard, we've been pushed hard in training and that will help us going forward. We'll bounce back."

St Helens are 5.50 to win the Grand Final, while Hull can be backed at 4.50 and Leeds at 2.50.

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