No excuses, says Woolf

Kristian Woolf insists the off-field uncertainty about the Rugby League season was no justification for St Helens’ third defeat in six league games, as he called on the authorities to make a strong decision about what happens next for the sport.
Saints were beaten 28-14 at Castleford on Sunday, in what could well be the final Super League game to be played in front of a crowd for several weeks.
Clubs will meet today (Monday) to determine whether to either play games behind closed doors or defer the season, and Woolf said: “I wouldn’t have a clue (what happens next).
“I’m assuming that something is going to happen in terms of the competition, whether it’s paused or we go behind closed doors. We just need a really good strong decision; we can’t go week to week, and we can all crack on and figure out what we’re doing.”
Woolf also insisted that the Saints could not use the uncertainty as an excuse for another below-par display, as their stop-start opening to the new season continued in West Yorkshire.
He said: “That was no reason for our performance. We knew all week we were playing the game and we spoke about being the only thing we could control was that we had a game.
“There’s uncertainty about what happens next, but that was no reason for us not being where we needed to be.”
Woolf also lamented his side’s ill-discipline throughout the game, losing Matty Lees and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook to sin-binning during the contest.
“For the second week in row we’ve been really disappointing,” he said.
“It’s frustrating; we’re far too ill-disciplined with and without the ball and we’re not giving ourselves a chance in those early exchanges because of that. We’ve got to fix things up and we’ve got to do it fairly quickly.”