Rush: Roby is simply the best
Acting coach Mike Rush labelled James Roby "the best player in Super League" after his St Helens side crushed Wakefield 38-12.
Chris Flannery scored a hat-trick of tries and Sia Soliola crossed twice with other touchdowns from Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson and a long-range interception from James Roby seeing off the Wildcats.
Lomax spared Wakefield a bigger defeat by kicking only three of his eight goals.
But Rush, whose side visit Wigan in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals next Saturday, picked out Roby for special praise.
He said: "The forwards may have scored five of our eight tries because we have somebody as quick as James Roby at dummy-half.
"He creates space for others and although I may be biased reckon he has to be contender for Man of Steel.
"He's the best player in Super League, week in and week out.
"But we also had a fair bit of joy through the middle and are gaining a bit of form and playing the way we want to play.
"If little Jonny had kicked the goals it would have been a bigger win.
"But we conceded two tries and can do better."
Away from Roby, Rush saluted Soliola's performance and added: "Sol is big, fast and aggressive and the complete player at the minute.
"He is causing plenty of problems for opponents."
Wakefield have now won only nine of 33 Super League clashes against Saints and coach Richard Agar said: "We started okay and competed well in the first 20 or 25 minutes.
"Then they got a roll on and picked up the tempo. We then struggled to win the collisions and contact in the middle.
"I thought the game could really have got away from us at one stage but we kept plugging away and that was pleasing.
"They scored tries either side of half-time and we lacked quality on our last plays and there was some confusion at dummy half."