Boots 'n' All: Paul Wellens is desperate to win silverware with St Helens

Last Updated: 23/09/13 2:40pm

St Helens skipper Paul Wellens insists he has no qualms about cheering his side on from the bench against Leeds - as long as they progress in the play-offs on Friday night.

The 33-year-old former England international has been pushed on to the bench with Jonny Lomax taking the fullback shirt for St Helens.

"It is fair to say that we are probably playing the most consistent rugby that we have all season."

Paul Wellens

Wellens is again set to be left out of St Helens' starting line-up for their Super League play-off preliminary semi-final at Headingley after Lomax produced another strong display in St Helens' 46-10 victory over Hull KR last Saturday.

But Wellens, who is one point away from reaching 1000 career points, insists it is far more important to him that St Helens defeat Leeds and take one step closer to being crowned Super League champions than he plays in the game.

"I am 100% happy," he told Boots 'n' All. "I am at the stage in my career now where I am 33 years of age and I am desperate to win something.

"Jonny Lomax is a fantastic player and when Nathan (Brown) spoke to me before the season started, and again midway through the season, that he was going to play Jonny at fullback, I had no dramas with that.

"I just want to be part of a team and a successful team. Hopefully come Friday we can go one step further to achieving that."

Fantastic game

Despite Leeds' defeat to Warrington last weekend, Wellens is well aware of the threat posed the six-time Super League champions and the pedigree they have in the play-offs.

But he is confident St Helens can overcome the 2011 and 2012 champions, especially with some of Saints' star players hitting top form just at the right time.

"Leeds are a proven side when it comes to play-offs and Grand Finals and we know the challenge that lies ahead of us on Friday," he said. "It will be a fantastic game. Leeds is a great place to play rugby and it is a game we are really looking forward to."

He added: "It is fair to say that we are probably playing the most consistent rugby that we have all season.

"I don't think that it is any coincidence with having key personnel back in crucial positions with Jonny Lomax at one and a settled half-back pairing of Lance Hohaia and James Roby at nine. It is no secret when those guys are in the team then we play better as a team."