NATHAN Brown was pleased with the overall effort and commitment but bemoaned his side’s opening 20 minute display as they went down 28-16 at Wigan.
Three first half tries had the Warriors 18-0 to the good before Saints mounted a spirited fightback.
“I thought offensively we weren’t very smart in the first 20 minutes and defensively we let ourselves down,” he said. “But the last 60 minutes with the ball I thought we caused a very good team a lot of trouble.
“We got back into the contest and they scrambled very well. I was really pleased with the effort of commitment to cope with that early adversity. I’m sure if we tidy up in a couple of key areas things will be ok.”
Saints were missing Jonny Lomax, James Roby and Lance Hohaia heading into the match and lost Ade Gardner, Anthony Walker and Willie Manu as it played out.
“We’ve had a tough run this year,” Brown added. “We have some good players in key positions not playing but we let ourselves down with our defence really. When we defended well we got going because of good defence. We scored enough points and created other chances and they defended well.
“We will dust ourselves off and fight another day.”
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“I’ll be expecting another good effort,” Brown concluded. “There are a number of young players who have played this year and whoever slots in they will be expected to perform to the same level of effort and commitment. It will be a good game.”