ROYCE Simmons paid tribute to a “courageous effort” as Saints came from 16-0 down to draw with Wigan Warriors on Saturday.
Tries from Jon Wilkin, Tony Puletua and Francis Meli gave his side a share of the spoils in their first hit out of the new season.
“We showed a lot of determination in those dying stages but we didn’t play too smart either,” Simmons said. “We didn’t get the right field position and missed a lot of opportunities. In fact at times I was unsure what particular plan we were playing to!
“But we hung on in there. Before the game we had to make a few changes. Gary Wheeler has been training in pre-season in the centres and Kyle hasn’t had a lot of time on the training pitch. Lee Gaskell and Leon Pryce have had the time on the field but both are injured.
“Kyle had 80 mins and will get better from this run out. We didn’t break down in courageous area though and that is a good sign.”
He continued: “We were held up over line in first half on a number of occasions on that was playing on the boys’ confidence a little bit. At half-time I just asked them to play things a little simpler and play off our hookers more. That’s what we did and it probably jagged us a point.
“James Roby was fantastic and kept us going and I thought Scott Moore was good too.”
Both sides had opportunities to win it at the end as Sam Tomkins was wide with a drop-goal effort has was Saints’ Kyle Eastmond.
Royce though, was pleased with a point.
“Their defence was fantastic but our attack wasn’t what it should have been.
“I was happy with the point and we’ll build from there.”