Written by John Davidson
St Helens coach Kristian Woolf has taken aim at his under-performing side after they were beaten by Castleford.
Saints went down 28-14 to the Tigers on Sunday, their fourth defeat of 2020. Last weekend they were pipped by two points by Huddersfield.
Super League’s defending champions had two players yellow-carded during the Castleford game, both for high tackles.
“For the second week in a row we were very disappointing,” Woolf said.
“We’re fairly ill-disciplined with and without the ball at the minute. We’re not giving ourselves a hell of a chance in those early stages because of that.
“There’s some things we have to fix up and we have to do that pretty quickly. A lot of our problems started from in the middle.
“We weren’t working hard in the ruck when we were defending or attacking. We were not good enough defensively today.”
Woolf declined to comment on the sin-binnings dished out to Matty Lees and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
“I’d have to have a look at both incidents on video,” he said after the match.
“It’s hard when you’re sitting in the grandstand, things happen pretty quickly to see exactly what happens. Obviously nowadays players try and make it look as bad as they possibly can.
Woolf refused to blame the uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus for his team’s poor performance against the Tigers.
“It’s certainly not a reason for our performance,” he said.
“We planned all week and knew all week we were playing a game today. We spoke about it being the only thing we could control and the only thing we did know was we had a game today.
“Obviously there’s a little bit of uncertainty what happens next, but it was certainly no reason for us not being where we needed to be today.”
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Woolf has called on Super League and the Rugby Football League to make a clear decision on whether the competition will be postponed or shut down because of the Coronavirus.
While most professional sporting competitions in the UK have been cancelled because of the disease, rugby league has yet to follow suit.
A meeting of Super League clubs is planned for Monday and Woolf believes the powerbrokers need to decide how to move forward to end the uncertainty.
“We just need a really good, strong decision,” he said.
“We can’t go week to week wondering what’s going on. We need a really good, strong decision and then we can all crack on and figure out what we have to do with it.
“I wouldn’t have a clue what’s going to happen, to be honest. I’m presuming that something’s going to happen there in terms of the competition, whether it’s paused or we go behind closed doors.