In-form Taia credits Holbrook for his own personal resurgence

St Helens forward Zeb Taia believes he’s enjoying some of the best form of his career ahead of the visit of former side Catalans.

Taia has scored six tries in 12 appearances this season and played an important role in Saints’ dominant start to the campaign.

At the age of 33, Taia’s career shows no signs of winding down after some eye-catching performances in the red vee, and he paid credit to head coach Justin Holbrook for getting the best out of him.

“I’d say it would be up there,” he said on his current form.

“I’m getting on a bit but I’m enjoying my Rugby League at the minute and enjoying playing in this team. If you look at our team 1-17 there’s strike all over the park and that’s a good team to be a part of.

“This is probably the first time in my career I’ve felt like this and I want to have this feeling for the rest of the year.

“Justin is just one of those ones where he keeps the players honest, he always has the right thing to say to keep us motivated and I credit him for the way I’ve been going. He’s a smart coach.”

Saints scored 60 points past Salford last week and enter the match as huge favourites, but Taia insists getting carried away would have an adverse effect on their performance.

“That’s the scary thing, we can’t think about what other people are thinking.

“People are probably thinking we’ll put 60 on this team as well but those games where we worked hard and flowed really well for us is because we’re a team that rocks up with the right attitude and everyone does their job. It’s no different this week, it’s going to be heard, they’ve got a big forward pack and it will be a tough test for us.”