HULL FC’s win at Langtree Park will count for nothing on Friday according to Nathan Brown.
Peter Gentle’s side beat Saints 22-10 in Round Six last season but Saints’ new head coach isn’t concerned about past records.
“I don’t pay attention to things like that,” he said. “They have a lot of new recruits there and it will be a tough game. They have new signings in key positions; Daniel Holdsworth is in the halves and he has a fair bit of responsibility with kicking and the passing game whilst Benny Galea is going well too.
“I think they can only get better as well as their players gel. Like them, we are trying to make slight adjustments as we go along too and sometimes it can take a little time.
“I was pleased with the win on Sunday but we know we have a lot of work to do. It was a good tough game and at times in the second half we got on top and were winning the important battles. We had them pinned down but we let ourselves down with penalties.
“Our commitment and effort was great and our defence was good and that’s important.”
Saints will be missing Josh Perry and Lance Hohaia through injury but neither are expected to be long term.
“Josh has a knee problem and Lance a shoulder. At one point we were looking at 8 to 12 weeks with Perry so to be three to four weeks is a result. It is unfortunate, but it gives someone else a chance.
“Big Alex (Walmsley) is more than likely to come in for Josh and James Roby should be back on for Lance.
“Alex has done well – he has shown good form in the friendlies and John Kear has been happy with him too. He is ready to play and John said his attitude has been spot on.”
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