Brad Singleton: Stopping Saints would be best thing ever

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If Wigan could stop St Helens winning trophies this season it would be “one of the best things ever” according to Warriors prop Brad Singleton.

Champions Saints are setting the pace again and won a bruising derby against Wigan on Good Friday. The rivals will meet again in the Challenge Cup semi-finals.

And Singleton says his side are inspired to do whether they can to stop the Saints machine.

“I love the games against Saints, we are their closest rivals and if we can go and chase them and prevent them from doing the treble or winning any sort of trophy I think it would be one of the best things ever,” he told Love Rugby League.

“Justin Holbrook’s side in 2019 blew it out of the water and they got so much belief from that season.

“Saints now need to prove they are like Bradford and Leeds teams gone and go and win the treble this year to prove they are the greatest.”

Brad Singleton on comparisons between Leeds 2015 & current St Helens


Jon Wilkin recently hailed the current St Helens crop as the best side Super League has ever seen.

Bhaving won the Grand Final with Leeds in 2015 and 2017, Singleton sees it differently.

“It’s a difficult comparison,” he tells this week’s Love Rugby League Podcast.

“That Saints side is a machine that churns out the wins. But our 2015 team at Leeds, if you put a problem in front of us, we would solve it. So if this Saints team came up against us I would say we would have adapted and got the win. We would understand the problem in front of us and hopefully overturn them.

“Saints have been a force for a long time and Holbrook has started this machine. They are very fit, resilient with high line speed that makes the other team sabotage themselves. I feel they are an incredible side and it helps being our closest rivals. 

“In 2020 we got close to them and beat them in my first game. There was a blueprint there to beat them but we showed our hand too early and they beat us in the Grand Final. 

“2021 we were nowhere near and this year I’d like to say if there was a team to catch them it would be us.”

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