Match Reaction…

ROYCE Simmons said Saints had hit “rock bottom” after their defeat to Hull FC on Friday.

Being second best in so many areas brought a 22-10 loss; Saints’ third in a row.

“We were reasonable in the first half and poor in the second,” he said. “There was no communication out there whatsoever and we didn’t seem to know what we were doing. I am the coach and I didn’t know what we were doing out there as it wasn’t what we planned to do.

“We ran the ball on the last tackle two or three times, hit lead runners and you don’t do that on the last. Our kicking game was poor in the second half too. Quite simply we were poor and we have gradually played ourselves into a bit of poor form.

“We played sideline to sideline and didn’t go forward and at some points we had front rowers as first receivers and halves standing back. It wasn’t good and it comes down to communication.

“We’ve had a couple of close losses and all of a sudden that bit of doubt has crept in. You lose form over a few games but we’ve hit rock bottom tonight. We need hard work and need to stick together. We know it will take a few weeks to get that form back.

“I think we think we are a top two or three side and we aren’t playing like that. It’s finally hit home that everyone needs to get on top of their game. We are training really hard, doing everything we need to, but individually when we go home we need to be get ready to play and be prepared to talk.”

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