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Woolf praises powerful St Helens win

05 Mar 22, 10:16AM 0 Comments

Written by John Davidson

Photo by St Helens R.F.C

St Helens coach Kristian Woolf has heaped praise on his undefeated team and their character after they put Hull KR to the sword 42-8 at Sewell Group Craven Park.

Tommy Makinson picked up a hat-trick and Lewis Dodd and Sione Mata’utia scored two tries each in the impressive win.

Defending champions Saints remain unbeaten in round four of Super League after inflicting an eight-try demolition on Rovers.

“I’m really happy,” Woolf said.

“It’s a tough trip to come on the day, and some tough conditions as well. We had a great attitude as well.

“There was some tough periods early on as well, but we showed great intensity. Overall I thought our defence was terrific.

“They’ve got a great attitude at the moment, they’re turning up for each other.”

Makinson bagged three tries, and kicked five goals, while second-rower Mata’utia and half-back Dodd each finished with braces.

Woolf praised the trio.

“Tommy had an exceptional game,” he said.

“Some of his carries early on really got us on the front foot. He’s always had a terrific ability to find the tryline.”

Australian Mata’utia scored St Helens’ opener and set up one of Makinson’s four-pointers.

“I thought Sione was terrific. He’s been our best over the opening rounds, he’s been really consistent.

“He’s doing a great job with and without the ball. He’s in a really good place.”

Earlier this week Dodd was named in England’s training squad for the World Cup.

The 20-year-old continues to win admirers with his talent and try-scoring ability in the Red V.

“Lewis has got a great kicking game, he’s getting better and better in how he manages the game,” Woolf said.

“I love the way Lewis is backing himself, and I love the way he’s defending too. He’s only going to get better.”

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