Justin Holbrook happy with St Helens win at Castleford

Drew Darbyshire

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook said every single one of his players performed well in their win at Castleford.

The Saints ran in eight tries to ease past the Tigers 40-18 at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Thursday night and they extended their lead at the top of the Super League table.

England international Jonny Lomax put in a man of the match performance for Saints, but Holbrook admitted that he was happy with every one of his players.

He said: “Jonny was fantastic tonight and as well as a number of other individuals, everyone played well.

“The backs are the Ferraris and the forwards are charging up through the middle and that’s the way the game is, but our forwards are doing a great job.

“You have got to give Cas credit, they threw the ball around at the end and got lucky with a few tries. It wasn’t great defence from us but it is what it is and I’m happy to get the win.

“We knew it was going to be a hard game like we did two weeks ago. We knew Cas would be better but we knew we could be better as well and I think we was, so I’m really happy.”

St Helens now have a 10-day turnaround before their Challenge Cup quarter-final clash against Hull FC next Sunday (3:30pm).

And Holbrook admitted that he is glad his team will get some well-needed rest after a hectic recent schedule.

He added: “It’s a long season and every game is hard.

“We have a long turnaround now and that’s the beauty of winning (at Castleford), we can have a bit of a rest and be ready to go next week.

“We are enjoying playing and every game is hard. We just want to keep going the way we are.”

Ben Barba left the field during their game and didn’t return, but Holbrook revealed that he will be fit to face Hull FC next weekend.