SAINTS have ended a block of four high-profile games with a four-point cushion at the Super League summit.

But now they face a quite different challenge in taking on a string of desperate teams - starting with relegation-threatened Wakefield Trinity at Belle Vue on Sunday.

Trinity dropped to the foot of the table on points difference following Toulouse’s win over Leeds on Saturday - and that will sharpen their minds for Saints’ visit with eight games left to play.

After this week Saints will be taking on teams like Castleford, Salford, Hull KR and Hull FC who are all battling to secure a spot in the top six.

Saints coach Kristian Woolf is aware that this presents a different challenge.

He said: “We are playing desperate teams.

“Teams that are trying to avoid relegation and teams that want to cement a spot in the top six.

“We are preparing to put ourselves in the frame for the big games and give ourselves an opportunity to play in the final at the end of the year.

“Our desperation, desire and excitement to make sure we are motivated to play at our best needs to exceed the opposition’s motivation to try and avoid relegation or get into the six.

“As long as we do that, we know we have got the quality to make sure the results go our way.”