Holbrook adamant Saints will get better after thumping Cas

Justin Holbrook has warned that Saints still have improvement in them after pulverising Castleford.

The Saints head coach was delighted with his side’s eight-try romp against the Tigers, with their victory moving them four points clear at the top of Super League.

But despite admitting he was satisfied with their efforts on the evening, Holbrook sent a grave message out to the rest of the competition by claiming they will continue to get better as the season progresses.

“We’re a good side but there’s plenty of good sides in the comp,” he said.

“So I’m not putting us above anybody else. Even though we won here two weeks ago we could still see ways of playing better and I think we did that tonight. That’s what the playing group want to do and that’s why we keep working hard for that reason.

“I said earlier in the year that every team will get better as the year goes on and we’re no different, even though we’re travelling well and winning some games we want to keep getting better.”

Jonny Lomax came in for particular praise from Holbrook after he scored one and set several further scores up in a superb individual display.

The arrival of Ben Barba last year left many believing Lomax would be on the outer at the club, but Holbrook insisted he always had faith he could make the jump into the halves, and backed him to do the same for England.

“I said to him from the start I think he’s equally as good at six or at one and good players can do that.

“I’ve said a few times it’s up to the selectors, but I think Gareth Widdop showed it in the World Cup, he played some games in at fullback and some in the halves. I think Jonny is that type of player. Because they’re equally as good it’s not like they need a full pre-season to train in that position. Jonny can adapt to either so the luxury for England is that for England.”

Meanwhile, Holbrook confirmed Ben Barba was fine after leaving the field through injury late in the game, and praised the fullback for his stunning individual try.

“He’s fine, he’s a few bumps and bruises but he’s fine.

“I thought Swifty knocked it backwards and it bounced forward so it was fine. For Benny to do what he does is great. Good players back themselves, don’t they? Plenty of players take the safety first option, but I encourage him as much as I can. He’s the player that he is for a reason and it was a great try.”