Consistency Is Key

NATHAN Brown says Saints need to be more consistent if they are to build on recent performances.

A win over Widnes and a home point against Hull have given the club a solid start to the campaign – but there is still much improvement to come.

“We played ok against Hull and at one point it looked like we would win easy,” he said. “But through their good work, some of our mistakes and misfortune, I suppose we may have been lucky in the last five minutes to get a draw.

“Our commitment and effort were really good and we have to keep looking at improving and tidying up in a few areas.”

Saints travel to Bradford on Saturday (2pm) and face a team in good form with two wins from three.

“They have played well and from a pure attacking point of view their halves are quick and dangerous,” Brown continued. “Jarrod Sammut and Brett Kearney are fliers that can threaten the line as good as any combination in the comp. They also have that resolve they created last season.

“For us though we just have to keep on improving. There were signs of that in our last game, but we need to do things consistently well for long periods. When we do that we will be hard to beat.

“We are continuing to learn as a team and as a coaching staff too. The more we play and the tighter the situations we get in then the more we learn about the type of personnel we have here.

“We have picked up three points from the last four – that is good – and we know it could have been worse and better too. The past three weeks have been a real learning curve.”

Saints will head into the match without the services of Paul Wellens who will miss the next three to four weeks with a calf injury.

He joins Lance Hohaia and Josh Perry on the sidelines but Gary Wheeler will be in the coach’s thoughts this weekend.

“Gary had a couple of mishaps in preseason which delayed his progression,” Nathan added. “But he has been training well. He contributed well for Rochdale in Sunday’s match against Oldham and is training well. He is always a player that will be in contention for the first team.

“If he plays consistently then people are aware of what a talent he is. He is adaptable and can play in a number of positions as he has awareness of the game and speed too. But he needs luck with injury.”

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