Rugby League - Hohaia happy with young Saints

St Helens' New Zealand international Lance Hohaia insists his club are in a promising position as they prepare for the visit of Catalan Dragons to Langtree Park.

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Rugby League - Hohaia happy with young Saints

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Lance Hohaia insists St Helens are 'a work in progress'

Saints have experienced a difficult start under new coach Nathan Brown, with a host of senior players missing games through injury, and they are out of Super League's top four after losing two of their three matches over Easter.

"We're still a work in progress," Hohaia said. "We've had a lot of key players out for the last three or four weeks and the young guys who have come in have done really well."

He went on: "To be sitting fourth equal after Easter is not a bad place to be.

"I think we've used 30 players already, whereas last year we only used 28 all season.

"There's a great development programme at the Saints and the kids know what it takes to be premier league side players."

The Catalans have been equally inconsistent and coach Laurent Frayssinous can see similarities between the two teams.

"I think they are like us," he said. "They have some talented players like (Sia) Soliola and (Willie) Manu but they don't perform consistently, just like us.

"They've also got some key players injured in (James) Roby and (Jonny) Lomax so there are two teams in the same boat."

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