St Helens Chief Executive remains calm after unbeaten run continues

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St Helens remain unbeaten in the Super League, after a 34-2 victory over Salford Red Devils.

But Mike Rush, St Helens Chief Executive told UCLanLive that the Saints still have a long way to go. He said: “Obviously it’s a long, long season with 32 rounds. Its a long season.

“At the start of the season we don’t want to get carried away with teams winning four in a row.There have been plenty of sides that have set out like a house on fire, going onto win five or six.”

The match was scheduled to be played on Friday night, but was postponed until Sunday afternoon due to the adverse weather.

Ben Barba stole the show, his experience and power proved too much for the struggling Red Devils.

The ex-NRL star was at the heart of most of the Saint’s attacks, setting up the first try with a great kick to winger Tommy Makinson and finished off a well- worked try after a great offload from Alex Walmsley.

The visitors’ only points on the board came after 17 minutes, when a Gareth O’Brien penalty broke the deadlock. After that, Salford showed very little going forward, and failed to build on their first win of the season last week.

The game was finely poised going in to half time at 8-2, with Saints clocking up two unconverted tries.

The hosts started the second half strongly, with Barba crossing the white wash to double his tally for the game. Ian Watson’s side struggled to cope with the Saints, and the league leaders showed their depth in attack as forwards Luke Thomson and Luis McCarthy-Scarsbrook went over with tries, as well as full back Jonny Lomax.

Despite the convincing victory, Rush warned that the club needs to continue the form if they want success:

He said: “A couple of years ago Widnes won maybe eight on the bounce but they then struggled to make the top eight, look nobody is getting carried away.

“It’s four games and it’s nothing that amounts to anything, and we shouldn’t bank yourself on being in a grand final or winning a trophy.”

The Saints will look to continue their impressive start with a derby away against Warrington Wolves on Friday.

Here is the Mike Rush interview in full: