Hard Work Continues

SAINTS have knuckled down and will learn from the errors that dogged their performance against Quins according to Royce Simmons.

The Club’s head coach said everyone was working hard to put things right and have looked deep in to why they lost the match.

“We’ve talked about knuckling down and playing smart,” he said, “as well as handling disappointments during a match in a better way.

“Last week we made too many unforced errors, didn’t back up the play and didn’t get the ball wide. We were flat in the first half and we need to sort that out. It wasn’t good enough and we know we need to play better and I have to coach better.

“We were better in the second half so we can take something out of that. We scored three tries to one in the second half, but that’s not ideal.”

Two positives from Friday night’s match were the debut of Josh Perry alongside the continuing work ethic of Lee Gaskell; and Royce expects them both to get better as time goes on.

“I thought Josh did ok and carried the ball well. He also put on some plays too, ran good lines and offloaded. Sometimes we have a tendency to run one out and not support and Josh gave us the chance to do something different.

“He completed two 15 minute stints and got an extra five at the back end. He’s also come through a full training session and that will do him good. His foot is a little sore but we expected that.”

He continued: “Lee Gaskell is trying hard every time and I will be sticking with him. He’s done well as at the start of the year there were three or four halves in front of him. He made some good plays on Friday and is continuing to learn. He is also doing things at pace and that’s important.”

Saints have the chance to get back to winning ways when they travel to Leeds on Saturday night.

“Their strength is their speed and ability to score length of the field tries,” Simmons added. “They are a good side and have been for a number of years.

“They have some issues in the front row and we have some in the back row. It should be a good game.”


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