Brown Pleased For Fans

NATHAN Brown was pleased to get “the monkey off the back” and finally record a home win in 2013.

Saints thrashed Wakefield 52-18 with Jonny Lomax grabbing a hat-trick at Langtree Park on Friday night.

And the Head Coach says the result was all down to doing what mattered when the time was right.

“When we thought it would be an easy night, I thought we started to think to do ok would be enough, but when it really mattered we did well. Just after half time they had 34 tackles on our try line and held them out and then they scored. We stepped up after that which was good as we lost a few blokes through injury. We had a number of young blokes out there together on the field and they did well. That was pleasing.

“I was happy for the fans that we got that win at home, it was good. I wasn’t worried about it though when things weren’t looking so good earlier in the season. Yes, I would have liked to have beaten Huddersfield and Leeds but we’ve had to make some adjustments to how we have played.

“Doing that in the run of a season takes a little time but I knew the guys would adapt and they are doing. There is still lots of improvement in us too.”

Brown revealed that Tony Puletua could have played in the match but the medical team didn’t want to ‘needle’ him up and take the risk.

He is likely to return next week along with Paul Wellens and Josh Perry but James Roby will be a doubt after limping off at half time.

“I don’t know how bad the problem is,” Brown added, “he will get a scan on his ankle tomorrow and we won’t know until then.”

On the plus side injuries will give Saints the chance to blood more youngsters with Jordan Hand making his debut tonight.

“I like coaching kids,” Brown continued. “We have a good junior set up here with Derek Traynor, Leo (Steve Leonard) and Tol (Ian Talbot) all bring through good players. If they play well in the lower grades and there is an opportunity we will give them a chance.

“Take Ant Walker for instance, he has been really impressive. If we played a big game tomorrow he would be in the team on form.”

Saints next home game is next Friday March 22 when they take on Salford City Reds. Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.

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