St Helens boss Justin Holbrook aims to ‘lock up’ Leeds Rhinos

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ST HELENS will travel to Headingley tomorrow on a high after one of Super League’s most remarkable comebacks.

Five days ago they trailed Salford Red Devils 24-8 with less than 10 minutes remaining, but three tries and two conversions leveled the scores and Matty Smith landed a winning drop goal after the hooter had sounded.

St Helens match-winner, Matty Smith.

St Helens match-winner, Matty Smith.

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“It was a fantastic finish to a game,” coach Justin Holbrook said of the fourth win of his six-match reign.

“At full-time the atmosphere was electric and so it should be after a finish like that. To win like that off the final play of the game doesn’t happen too often. I don’t want to play it down, it was fantastic and it is definitely going to help us, but in saying that we can’t rely on those get-out-of-jail-type finishes too often.

“While I thought we played okay in the first half, Salford dominated the second half until the last seven or eight minutes.

“We can’t afford to put ourselves in that position too many more times, but it’s great to know that no matter what’s happening out there we can still be good enough to win.”

Tonight will be the first time Holbrook, who moved to England last month to succeed previous boss Keiron Cunningham, has coached against Leeds.

Saints won 6-4 when the sides met in the opening game of the season and Holbrook predicted: “It’s going to be a tough game.

“Leeds are going well – they are sitting fourth and they are in a Challenge Cup semi-final so they are having a great season.

“We need to play well to beat them, but we just have to worry about our own game. Obviously we worry about opposition threats and they are a dangerous team, they have a lot of second phase play and they are a good support play team.

“We have to defend well, but the main thing for us is to keep improving with the ball. We are showing signs of it, but we need to do it for longer periods. That is our main focus.”

Adam Milner on the Elland Road pitch.

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