Rush: Defence on Top

MIKE Rush was understandably pleased after Saints beat Castleford 44-12 last night.

Whilst his side scored eight points he was more impressed with the defensive display.

“We were defensively a lot more like it,” he said. “We only conceded one try from a tap and that frustrated me because we didn’t get set and get to the line ready. Maybe that was a kick up the backside we needed. Their last try was a kick but you have to be happy they didn’t break our line on too many occasions. It was a lot better.

“I thought Tommy Makinson was very good. Sometimes young players need a little kick up the backside or the feel of feet behind him. Sometimes they need to know that nothing is god given. He was excellent.

“Paul Wellens was my man of the match. He scored one and lay on another and to be fair he made another when he came around the corner and Jonny got a kick away.

“He is a good captain who leads from the front. He said a lot of things about how we needed to finish this season well and it certainly showed how much it mattered to him.”

Anthony Laffranchi suffered a head injury early in the game and didn’t return, but is expected to be fine.

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