Vea happy for quick turnaround

St Helens forward Atelea Vea is happy that St Helens have a quick turnaround to their game against Salford Red Devils this weekend following their Challenge Cup exit to Hull FC

The Saints were beaten 47-18 on Sunday afternoon as they exited the Challenge Cup at the first attempt, with Jon Wilkin and head coach Keiron Cunningham being vocal in their criticisms of their side following the game.

Vea says that whilst a short turnaround to their next game against Salford is usually seen as an inconvenience, Vea says it could be a blessing in disguise for the Saints this weekend.

“The short turnaround is good as it means we can get back into the game,” Vea told the Liverpool Echo.

“We can’t afford to take too long thinking about it. We have to restore some pride in the team. Personally, I want to get back out there and have another go.

“It’s a steep hill and you can quickly fall down it once you are in bad form. Once you get it and get a hold of it, it can put you in good place heading into the back end of the season.”

Vea has also spoke out about the challenge they face against Salford Red Devils this week, who are also hurting from their Challenge Cup exit at the hands of Castleford Tigers but admits he is just happy to be back playing.

“They will be hurting too after the weekend,” he said.

“I’m feeling fit and happy I’m back from injury, It’s mentally challenging coming through an injury and I feel for those boys who are through it now. 

“Now I want to hit some form and keep that going into the season.”

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