St Helens fans bemoaned their side’s 30-10 away defeat to Castleford Tigers at the weekend.

MerseySportLive reporter Andy Lott spoke to some fans after the match.

Poor performance

Despite their youthful side due to injury and resting of players, season ticket holder Matthew Nolan feels the changes affected the team massively.

“It was a spirited performance from the team but the matter of fact it is still the worst performance of the season.”

St Helens coach Kristian Woolf handed out seven debuts to young players who conceded six tries at Castleford.

Matthew (22) from Old Swan, Liverpool, did however praise the young players despite the defeat.

“My anger is mainly towards the senior players in the side.

“The youngsters were thrown into it and were never going to make as much of a difference but to still be in the game at 18-10 was still a massive plus.”

Woolf’s Thoughts

Coach Woolf also praised his youngsters for their performance.

“I was really proud of their efforts for the whole 80 minutes – it was so impressive,” Woolf stated on Sky Sports.

“At 18-10 we were playing well and if we had kept hold of that set just after the kick-off then we could have threatened.”

St Helens fan Keiran Barnes had sympathy for the young players but said that the result does not help their League shield charge.

“I do not think the youngsters should be blamed because they ran their heart out.

“Luckily we are still at the top of the table, yes it is only level on points with Wigan but we have to stay positive.”

Woolf also said that individual errors cost his side in the game.

“When we gave ourselves a good opportunity we showed we were really threatening. We probably just let ourselves down with basic errors.” He said in his post-match comments.

(Featured Image: Mascot – St Helens – creative commons licence by Gerard)