SAINTS boss Justin Holbrook singled out the contribution of ace full-back Ben Barba in the 34-2 victory over Salford.

Barba scored two and was behind two others, including an audacious one after the hooter, as Saints maintained their perfect start to the year.

Holbrook said: "If there's someone who is going to complain about the snow and the weather conditions, it's Benny as he's from North Queensland.

"He been in the thick of it and saying to the lads, 'What are you complaining about? Let's get on with it'. He's in a good place at the moment, is playing well and it's good to have him here."

However, Holbrook admitted that despite the scoreline in their favour, the team had not been at their best.

He added: "It was a good win in the end but it was a bit of a scratchy performance. It took us a long time to settle down but in the end we found a good balance and got away with the win.

"It's good to keep them tryless and that's one thing that kept us together and going. It's been a difficult week as the game was off and on and you are training in snow.

"You are never going to be brilliant when you have a tough week and have poor conditions like that.

Salford head coach Ian Watson said ill-discipline and Barba were the main differences between the sides.

"To be fair we got what we deserved," added Watson.

"In the first half we were really good and in the second half we have given them too much ball and too many penalties.

"Also, Barba's class shone and he was the difference in the first half, as well as our discipline problems. We were giving away cheap penalties and not completing our sets.

"What we saw in the second half is that we were not resilient enough. There was effort but when things aren't going our way we have to fight. Discipline was the issue."