St Helens not giving up on top four

St Helens coach Keiron Cunningham says his team is picking up some momentum as they try to force their way into the top four.

Saints have won their past three in a row and sit just two points behind fourth-placed Catalans on the table with 24 points.

“Yeah we’ve obviously gained a little momentum in what were doing and we’ve clawed back a bit of that dead ground again,” Cunningham said.

“Does it change things? No it doesn’t change anything from what we do, Catalans have dropped a couple of points and I’m sure they’ll get back on the horse soon enough.

“If we can stay close to that top four for when we get the breakaway then we get a good shot at everyone again and thats your most important thing.
“[But] you just never say never. If we can do a good job this week, I’m not sure who Catalans play, and we do a good job the week after then you never know you just never know.”

St Helens travel to Huddersfield on Sunday and Cunningham says his team owes the Giants after they rolled them in Newcastle.

“We probably owe Huddersfield one after that Magic Weekend, they put us to the sword,” he admitted.

“We weren’t in a great place collectively as a club, we are stinging from that last performance and we want to go out and try right a few wrongs.”

Huddersfield have appointed Rick Stone as their new coach and Cunningham described the 49-year as a “good fella” and a “good coach”.

“He comes with a bit of NRL pedigree, you’ve got to have something about you to coach an NRL side,” he said.

“I’ve heard lots of good things about him, he’s coached some players who I know and they rate him highly.

“So he’s going to come over and he’s going to set some standards at the club which probably will be good for them.

“Coincidently it’s the week we play against them so they’re all going to be playing for the new coach and for contracts and whats going to happen next year.

“It’s interesting but we’re not a bad side ourselves and I keep saying that.

“All we can take care of is what we can take care of and we can’t worry about what Huddersfield are going to do.

“We’ve just got to worry about what we do and we’ve got as much to play for as they have.”


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