After a run of disappointing defeats, a well-deserved win for St Helens, against the Catalan Dragons, moves them to within touching distance of the top 8.
A gritty win, their first since the opening day defeat of Leeds, came in testing circumstances. It’s their first win in Perpignan since 2013 and provides a timely boost after a poor start to the season. Any win in Perpignan is always a rarity for any team.
They were 22-12 up, but then almost let it slip as the Catalans took back control and the lead until Jack Owens scored a try with 8 minutes remaining, to win a gripping game 28-24.
Kieran Cunningham will be delighted with the win, but is he the man for the job? The fans still seem to think it’s come too early for him and he should have started his managerial career at a lower level, either the academy or a Championship club.
You can’t fault his bravery at taking the job though, this win will have bought him some time and maybe this is the turning point for him. He’s a club legend and deserves the fans patience.
Warrington are next for St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium this Friday. Another win for St Helens would give them hope of chasing a spot in the top four. A defeat would undo all their hard work in France. It’s a big game that could make or break their season.
The Wolves are breaking all the wrong kinds of records this season. The latest being a first defeat by Leigh Centurions in 29 years.
Another unwanted milestone is looming for Warrington – a win for St Helens on Friday would mean defeat in their first six games of the season for the first time in their entire history.