SAINTS boss Justin Holbrook was delighted with the way his team showed resilience in coping when things went against them on Friday.

There was no signs of them reacting badly to knock ons, errors and 50:50 calls - traits that have afflicted them at times this season.

That was a major factor in Saints being able to withstand what was thrown at them, before they came up with late killer plays.

Holbrook said: “We dominated long periods but then all of a sudden it was 14-12.

“Then they kicked a 40/20 and we are defending our line.

“Even though that happened I thought we were strong.

“There is some really good self-belief instilled in the side and that is through their own doing, which is great.

“They were not dwelling on anything that had occurred during the game, like they may have done in the past, and that is an encouraging sign from my point of view.

“No matter what happens we are sticking at it and confident that we can get the win.”

Although plenty of plaudits were handed to the half backs and match winner Mark Percival, there were other big contributors on Friday.

And one player who has impressed this past two weeks has been Dom Peyroux in the second row.

Holbrook added: “Dom has been outstanding.

“I was tough on him when I came over as he was the one that was left out of the side.

“It took him six weeks to get a run but he never dropped his bundle or sulked.

“He just kept training hard.

“He said ‘when you give me a shot I am ready’ and he showed that against Leeds and Hull.

“I was pleased for him and that is a reward for keeping working when you get left out and play reserves.

“If you don’t you are not going to get an opportunity.”

Overall Holbrook is pleased with the way the pack as a unit is playing, and they are now operating more effectively.

“I am pleased with the way the forwards are playing together as a pack, rather than playing as individuals, and they building some quite good combinations.

“We have to carry on working hard on that and get better at it,” he said.

Looking at the league table he feels that his team are still in with a good crack at the top four, but there is no margin for error.

“After Leeds people were saying we were gone but I knew we were not.

“I knew how we had played and we had had so many things go out against us, the Smith injury and Wilkin sin-binning.

“Last week showed we can still be counted “We are getting ourselves back in the mix but it is important that we continue on with that,” he said.

He was delighted with the way the team signed off with the Mark Percival try.

“You could see how slippery the conditions and the ball was. For Percy to get it down was magnificent.

"Only special players can do that and he is definitely that,” he said.