Holbrook aims to end recent hoodoo

14 June 2018 04:51:39 EST

St Helens head coach Justin Holbrook is eager for his team to buck the trend of recent results against Leeds Rhinos, when the two teams meet on Friday evening.

Leeds have won the last three meetings between the sides, but it is the Saints who are in top form heading into this week's contest at Headingley.

"They have had some good results against us, but that is for us to change. They have their joy out of us recently and it is up to us to end that and go out and do what it takes to defuse their threats and get the win," said Holbrook, whose side have won their last eight matches in all competitions.

Saints excellent campaign so far has been rewarded with the selection of five players in the England squad for the mid-season test against New Zealand in Denver.

James Roby, Johnny Lomax, Mark Percival, Luke Thompson and Tommy Makinson have all earned call-ups to Wayne Bennett's squad.

"I am thrilled for the boys - all five of them - and I think it is a sign of where we sit as a club. The boys are playing well and they pick the team on form. When you play well, you deserve to make the rep teams. I am pleased for them," said Holbrook.

"Roby is there, Johnny has been fine and it's great to see Percy back in the team. And then the last two, Thompson and Makinson - I am really happy for those two. They work so hard and you see the way they play each week."

Saints are 1/5 to defeat Leeds, are 4/9 to score first at Headingley and 4/9 to score the first try of the game.

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