THE key to unbeaten Saints’ latest victory against Leeds was as simple as 8, 9, 10.

The international front row of Alex Walmsley, James Roby and Luke Thompson led from the front in a second half rally which preserved their perfect start.

Walmsley grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck with his hard carries, and was rewarded with a brace of tries, while Thompson carried on from where he left off with a dancing, stepping run providing the match-winner.

Off the back of them, Roby was constantly probing and sniping- and tacked on a one-pointer to wrap up the scoring.

Coach Justin Holbrook said: “They were outstanding. The way big Al came up with the tries and then Tommo with that great footwork for a big guy.

“And we know what Robes does, those three had a big part to play in winning that game.

“Tommo is so light on his feet for a big bloke - and he must be great on the dancefloor.”

Holbrook paid tribute to a player who is learning and adding strings to his bow every year.

“Tommo is such a great guy to coach,” Holbrook said.

“Originally he would just run as hard as he can, and you don’t want to lose that.

“There are other parts of his game that he has brought in now – he can pass, he can support and run off other forwards as well now. There is lots of improvement in him.

“Matty Lees has shown improvement too in running off forwards and into some space.

“He reminds me of Tommo when I first came over here – in that he just wanted to simply run over people.

“Now he is getting a bit smarter how he plays.

“Our forwards are playing really well for us – we always want their aggression but we want them to play smarter too and they are doing that.”

Walmsley secured the maximum points in the Steve Prescott Man of Steel voting.