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Cunningham: Fages already a “top player”


St Helens boss Keiron Cunningham praised Theo Fages after the French star created the game-winning try at Catalan Dragons on Saturday.

Saints looked to be heading for their fourth defeat in a row, but Fages spared their blushes by setting up Jack Owens to score the winner eight minutes from time.

The former Salford half-back joined Saints last year for an undisclosed fee and Cunningham is delighted with the impact he’s having.

“Theo has been brilliant since he came to the club – you forget how young he is, he still has lots of learning to do but he’s already a top player for us,” said Cunningham.

“Not only does he set up the match-winning try for us, but he scrambles at the end to make a defensive play and saves a try.”

Adam Swift, Mark Percival, Ryan Morgan and Adam Walker also bagged tries as the Saints recorded a 28-24 win to move up to eighth in the table.

Cunningham hailed his team’s outstanding effort during the game and said it was a well-earned two points.

“I thought we were the better team, and if we had not have won the game I think that would have been undeserved,” he said.

“We had plenty of opportunities, we took some and wasted a few and I’m glad we saw the game through in the end. It was a true gritty performance from us.”

“We knew it was going to be tough, it has not been a happy hunting ground for us over here in France over the past few years.

“We had a lot stacked up against us with a couple of losses in recent weeks and I’m proud of what the players did and I really think they deserved the win.”

1 Comment
  1. jeff

    You feel tempted to say we have turned the corner,but this is Saints,so you cannot say that.Theo’s pass was top drawer,but in fairness the whole team had a good game.They passed well linked up well and showed team spirit with the back slapping and support.For once they avoided the usual,boring down the middle play and passed the ball out to the flanks.Well done,long may it last.

    19th March 2017 at 6:43 PM - Reply

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