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Holbrook happy after battling win

31st August 2019, 08:56 by Jack Ogalbe

Justin Holbrook hailed the spirit of his St Helens side after they battled to a 4-0 win over Castleford on Friday.

It has been a week of soul searching at the Totally Wicked Stadium with Holbrook and his staff picking through the pieces of last weekend's shock 18-4 Challenge Cup final defeat to Warrington.

The Wolves inevitably suffered a hangover in Thursday's 22-6 defeat at Salford and the Saints were also slow out of the traps in a tense game in front of their fans.

However, Regan Grace went over in the 33rd minute to break the deadlock and that's how it finished, 4-0, as the home side claimed the two points.

After a tough few days following their Wembley heartache, Holbrook admitted he was pleased with the way in which his side stuck to their task on Friday.

"It was obviously a hard week for us and to put in a display like that and show such character was terrific," he said.

"We worked really hard with some tired bodies out there. It was hard to get the players up for the game after the disappointment of not winning the Challenge Cup but the Super League is our main focus.

"The players kept turning up and we needed that. The fans knew how tough it was for us and the way we hung on there was terrific.

"To be the most consistent side after 29 rounds is a huge accomplishment. To play consistently is very hard to do."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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