St Helens responded to their Challenge Cup heartache with a Betfred Super League win on Friday.

St Helens boss Justin Holbrook admitted it was good for his side to put their Challenge Cup heartache behind them by grinding out a 4-0 win against Castleford on Friday (St Helens 8/11 – Betfred Super League Grand Final Winner).

With the League Leader’s Shield in the bank, Saints arrived at Wembley hoping to continue their bid to emulate Leeds Rhinos’ 2015 exploits of winning the treble but fell short at Wembley.

Having headed into the final as the 4/7 favourites to lift the trophy for the first time since 2006, they failed to ignite in the capital, eventually going down 18-4 to Warrington (Warrington 7/2 – Betfred Super League Grand Final Winner).

After being the dominant force for all of 2019, doubts are sure to have crept into the side’s psyche and Holbrook conceded after Friday’s success that there had been some soul searching over the last few days at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Regan Grace scored the only try of the match after 33 minutes but while the performance was far from perfect, the boss was pleased to see his side bounce back.

“It was obviously a hard week for us and to put in a display like that and show such character was terrific,” he said.

“We worked really hard with some tired bodies out there. It was hard to get the players up for the game after the disappointment of not winning the Challenge Cup but the Super League is our main focus.

“The players kept turning up and we needed that. The fans knew how tough it was for us and the way we hung on there was terrific.

“To be the most consistent side after 29 rounds is a huge accomplishment. To play consistently is very hard to do.”

In Friday’s other Betfred Super League encounter, Huddersfield took a considerable step towards survival with a 22-12 win at Hull FC.

Late tries from Louis Senior and Matt Frawley saw Simon Woolford’s men move two points clear of the bottom two, as the Airlie Birds themselves missed out on a chance to boost their play-off hopes.

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