SAINTS boss Kristian Woolf gave his rugby league thoughts to the Star’s Mike Critchley.

MC: Quite a professional performance after a disrupted week?

KW: I was really impressed with how they professionally they handled last week, particularly on the back of the week before so we had two disrupted weeks with different challenges. Chopping and changing your team on a Thursday night before a Friday game and then rocking up as late as we did for the game.

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MC: And Lewis Dodd has to continue waiting?

KW: We’ll find a way of getting him his debut. He is a half back but he can play multiple positions and he is going to play plenty of footy for us this year.

The sooner we can get him his debut out of the way then the more he is going to be equipped for the rest of the year and that is important.

He has a really good confidence in himself without being any arrogance, with that confidence he has is a reflection of him knowing he is up to the level and will not too burdened by expectation.

MC: James Roby is fit, but would you consider resting him or any of the seniors ahead of the cup game?

KW: At moment we have been back five weeks with a break in between there as well. With exception of last week, most games have been on a seven-day turnaround.

We need to get into that routine of playing footy every week and getting that bit of hardness in your body that you get from playing every week.

At some stage we will have to rest blokes and rotate them but the time is not right just yet.

St Helens Star:

MC: Jonny Lomax never really gets a fanfare, but that was another important contribution from him stepping back into the 7 role?

KW: He is a real class player. With players like Jonny you get so used to expecting big plays that his performances can go under the radar. What he does for our team is certainly not lost on us.

He is a terrific player and a real key for us in attack and defence – we are really happy with what he is doing.

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MC: Regan Grace is loving playing at Headingley?

KW: He’s a very good player and brilliant to watch when he is open space, because he is so quick on his feet. I was happy with a lot of the little things he did really well at the weekend and has shown really what he is capable of and what we want to see going forward.

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MC: You mentioned Louie and Kyle earlier - how important is their contribution and what is it you specifically want from your bench?

KW: Nowadays it is a 17 man performance and bench is as important as the starters. You can see that Louie and Kyle really like playing together and they have done so for a long time and have a bit of understanding how to utilise each other.

They enjoy doing that.

We ask them to bring plenty of enthusiasm and lift the tempo of the game and that is something they are doing really well. and Bernard Platt