St Helens Head Coach Kristian Woolf is expecting a difficult game from Salford on Monday and praised their recent performances.
Salford, who are headed by Woolf’s former assistant Richard Marshall, have won just one of their opening five matches. One of those defeats came at the hands of Saints on the first night of the season.
Despite this, Woolf said they have been putting in good performances, and expects that to continue on Monday.
He said: “We always look at results, and everyone gets judged on results in this game. But they have played some tough games and have come up with good performances as well.
“We know what game we are going to get, we got it Round One. It was a tough game, very physical, and it took us about 60 minutes to get on top.
“I watched them at the weekend and they competed really hard for 80 minutes. It took until extra time for someone to get on top in that game.
“That is what Rich Marshall has brought to that team. He has a real understanding of how we play and what we value. It’s all based on hard work and I have no doubt he has taken that to Salford.”