NATHAN Brown says Saints need to be hard on themselves after making their Magic clash “too easy” for Warrington.
The Wolves landed a 48-22 win at the Etihad leaving Saints eighth in Super League.
“We had some good stuff in the second half but it was more disappointing that we didn’t make the game hard for them at all,” he said. “In the first half our middle wasn’t good at all. Even though they carved us up on the right edge, our middle wasn’t so flash. When it isn’t good against Warrington you can make it hard for yourself and we didn’t make it hard for them. You have to physically be in the contest and make it hard for them but we made it easier than we should have.
“We need to be harder on ourselves. Collectively our effort wasn’t good enough tonight.”
He continues: “When we were fighting hard and got in the contest, if they got one (try) they would get another and we couldn’t give ourselves the momentum. We didn’t give ourselves a chance. At 30-22 a repeat set would have been the smart play but we didn’t get it.
“We had momentum for 15 to 20 minutes, scored two tries to none but in the next nine minutes they scored three tries. We need to be doing better than that.”
Saints lost try-scorer Lance Hohaia in the match to a dead leg and Anthony Laffranchi but Brown revealed that the game came a little too early for Paul Wellens who picked up a knock in the win over Leeds.