Luke Walsh was the main talking point amongst both coaches after St Helens kicked off their Super League XXI campaign with a victory against Huddersfield.
Walsh ran the show as the Saints won 30-16 against the Giants, and Saints boss Keiron Cunningham was quick to praise the former Penrith half-back after the game.
“I have never seen anyone as focused in pre-season as Luke Walsh and he took the bull by the horns,” said Cunningham.
“The halves were brilliant and Luke Thompson changed the game when he came on. He was phenomenal.
“Atelea Vea also played the full 80 minutes straight and I’m pleased all over.
“Defensively we were very good and we played the conditions really well.”
Huddersfield boss Paul Anderson was equally complimentary of Walsh, saying: “The difference was Luke Walsh’s kicking game and he played as though he was in a dinner jacket.
“The first half was very even although the scoreline may show otherwise.”