Holbrook pleased with Saints’ control

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook was pleased with his side’s control despite the close scoreline in their Challenge Cup win over Huddersfield.

The Giants took the lead at 10-6 before St Helens forged ahead to a 22-16 win and Holbrook was delighted to see his team back themselves to victory.

“Even though the game was tight, we were still in control and didn’t need to panic and come up with something special,” said Holbrook.

“In the end, it’s just about being confident and backing ourselves to play the way we want to.

“The beauty about this comp is that anyone can win on the day – you don’t have to be consistent throughout the year and Catalans proved that last year.

“The ruck was the slowest I’ve ever seen which makes it hard work. The pleasing thing was that, although we couldn’t finish them off and were only six points ahead, we controlled the game.