Brown: Better Second Half

NATHAN Brown was pleased with the end result tonight – but thought Saints didn’t help themselves in the first half.

James Roby scored a brace as they notched a 34-22 win over Hull FC at Langtree Park.

But it was far from perfect as the gaffer explains.

“To get the end result was pleasing, but I thought our first half wasn’t where it needed to be,” he said. “Our attitude wasn’t very good and when you play the good sides, the chances of being behind are high if you perform like that. Fortunately we weren’t that far behind at half time.

“It looked to me that we thought we could go out there after a good win and things would happen for us. If you don’t do the hard things early then you have a good chance of coming unstuck. Hull have shown that when they are on song, they are hard to handle.

“They were far better than us in the first half but we came out and dominated after that.”

He continued: “The players understood what they did in the first half and knew what they tossed up wasn’t good enough. We made it easy for a good side.

“For most of the players, not all, our second half was vastly different. Jon Wilkin had some important touches and as a leader he played well.

“Alex Walmsley was sensational and I thought Kyle Amor’s second stint was good too.

“In the end it was great to have an occasion like this in Steve Prescott’s honour. What he achieved under the circumstances and giving hope for other people is amazing.”

Saints next home game sees them play Hull FC’s neighbours Hull KR on March 7. You can buy your tickets here.

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