Woolf: Lussick brings new dimension, Hurrell adds X-Factor
FOUR of the Saints’ new boys made their senior debuts in Thursday night’s win over the Catalans Dragons – and the foursome all showed what they would bring to the table.
Two of them – Konrad Hurrell and Joey Lussick – walked through the whitewash, both making an immediate impression on the house faithful.
The West Stand chanted Lussick’s name as the team took the lap of honor at the end, a dream start for the man set to take on James Roby’s boots.
Coach Kristian Woolf was pleased with how the newcomers settled in.
He talked about the new dimension that Lussick will bring.
He said: “Joey Lussick scored a great little try. When you think about why you want to sign a guy like Joey Lussick, it’s exactly for those times.
“Right before that he kicked really well from position on the pitch as we were stuck on our line.
“That’s what he’s going to bring; a different dimension of Robes.
“Robes was Robes – he could have played 80 if we had let him and played some positions tonight.
“Joey was great to see him have that influence.”
Hurrell made an immediate impression, bumping the line with his runs and setting up a first-half try for Roby.
And he capped that off with a late interception as he lurked on the wing.
Woolf, who was instrumental in the Tongan center’s decision to cross to the Pennines, said: “Koni was outstanding.
“When we signed him, I said if we could get him into shape and make him happy and confident, we would get a real performance out of him.
“It’s the first round – we can’t get too excited because he has to come out and back this up next week.
“But we did a very good performance.
“He was great out of range, defended really well and his little offloads gave us that X-factor.
“And a few tries followed. I’m really happy for him.”
Will Hopoate, who signed as center, played on the wing in Regan Grace’s absence.
And he was faultless under high balls, worked hard in yardage and was a mature, confident presence on the flank.
“Will Hopoate was exactly what he was going to be, really stable and ready to do his job every game,” he said.
“He took a bit of a hit there and had to play hard to get out of it.”
Second row Curtis Sironen, who missed the friendly, had to bide his time but entered the fray when Sione Mata’utia received a knock.
“It was nice to have Curtis Sironen for a few minutes,” Woolf said.
“He hadn’t raced much in training because he was stuck in Italy after Christmas.
“It’s the first blow for the team and it looks like he’s going to fit in very well. He’s going to give us a lot in the future.”