SAINTS boss Justin Holbrook was delighted with his right edge after seeing Fiji World Cup skipper Kevin Naiqama and Golden Boot Tommy Makinson grab hat-tricks in the 42-26 win at Hull KR.

It is Naiqama's second hat-trick in three games following on from the four he bagged on Easter Monday.

It was a crucial contribution in a game in which Saints had to battle to come out on top to preserve their four-point lead at the top of Super League.

Holbrook said: “I thought Kevin Naiqama was outstanding and obviously Tommy Makinson did some quality things and Jonny Lomax on the other edge, I thought his defence late in that game was outstanding for us and it needed to be. Those three were our best.

"Naiqama's last four to six weeks is what we have wanted from him. He is building into the team nicely."

It was a tricky game for Saints, who came into the game after a rest period following on from Easter - and were caught cold early on when they trailed to two early tries.

But they had enough strike to outscore the Robins.

Holbrook said: “I was just happy we got the win today.

"Obviously we played well over that Easter period had a great turnaround and had the luxury of giving a few of the boys the day off and I thought we played that way today.

“Hull KR played like they were really urgent, really desperate and full credit to them.

"They started the better of us, but to give our boys a wrap, it was a real good effort to turn it around. We easily could have been down a lot more and we swung it around in our favour to lead at half-time which was really important.

"I could be really hard on my players in that area, but if you look at the other side of it, full credit for them for swinging it around.

"We had a really hard second half that I thought we were going to kick away, but could not quite do that.

full credit to Hull KR who kept fighting all the way until the end and I was just happy to get the win.

"They gave it their best from the start of the game to get the two points,”