St Helens 2016 Season Review
It was a strange season for Saints and the relationship between the coaching staff and fans of the club remained strained throughout.
When Saints were on form they were very good but when they struggled, they look slow and poor, it is perhaps those inconstancies that stopped the club from enjoying success and trophies in 2016.
The regular season was one of struggle for St Helens, with many poor performances in the early rounds and an uneasy relationship between the fans and management that led to the team been booed off of the field in matches. This seemingly led to the players losing confidence which in turn led to the players playing a ‘safe’ style of rugby that just isn’t in the DNA of St Helens RFC.
In the latter weeks of the season everything started to change and their big-name players started to show the talent that they had all of which led Saints to finishing the season as the form team in Super League.
That good end of season form continued in the Super 8’s were Saints actually finished top of the table with 6 wins and 1 loss from their 7 matches against the other top 7 best teams in Super League.
That just highlight how good Saints could be when full of confidence but due to their early season performances it was only enough for a 4th place finish in the league overall.
That set up a playoff semi-final against Warrington in Warrington and just a month after winning at the Halliwell Jones, Saints form dip and they lost 18-10 to end their season.
The early season performances of Saints and there Super 8’s match at Wigan which they lost 25-0) were stand out disappointments.
Reasons to be Positive
The clubs late season performances and especially there Super 8 performances where they dominated against the best teams in the country.
Overall you have to say it was a good season for Saints aside from a few bad performances but their early season performances simply were not good enough.
Next year the team need to show much more consistency and they have to start better.