NATHAN Brown says Saints will have to display the right attitude when they take on London Broncos at Langtree Park this Thursday.
Even though Tony Rea’s side are yet to win a Super League match they are improving and a lack of preparation or focus from their hosts could see them pick up points.
“London had a difficult start to the season but have made a lot of improvements,” Brown said. “They led Wigan and Warrington for a while in their matches, and nearly beat Catalan too.
“Their players turn up with the attitude to do their best and when you’re hungry like that you give yourselves a good shot. It’s a game where we will need turn up with the same attitude as if we’re playing a Leeds or Wigan. If we don’t we will get ourselves in trouble.”
Saints head into the match without a win in the last three but Brown says confidence is still high.
“Confidence in the camp is still good,” he continued. “We were the best side in the comp for five weeks and then we toughed out some wins without playing as well as we know we can. We haven’t regained that momentum yet.
“People can see it as excuses but it is reality too that we’ve had a number of players returning from layoffs as well as personnel changes and that has affected the flow of our team. We know what we are capable of but have to improve and do things consistently well.
“We just haven’t been good enough to beat Wigan and Leeds in two very good games. On Saturday we were 20-12 down but just not quite good enough to close the gap. We were close at half time with Wigan too, but the fact is we aren’t going quite as well as Wigan and Leeds at the moment and we have to improve in a couple of areas.
“We do a lot of good stuff in defence but there are some minor issues. It isn’t one individual, we have some brain snaps. When you leak a couple of early tries against good sides you lose service and are chasing hard to break back.
“We have to start the game better. We are all responsible for it – the coaches, staff and playing group – and we are looking at how we can do it better.”
Nathan confirmed that prop Kyle Amor will be out for an extended period after suffering knee damage in the loss to Leeds whilst Jordan Turner broke his foot.
He also passed comment on the omission of Lance Hohaia at Headingley.
“It’s unfortunate as Kyle has been sensational for us. Jordan damaged his foot in the first half and played on. We should know more about timescales later in the week. Luke Walsh is ok though, he jarred his elbow in the game but it’s nothing serious.
“Lance has been playing good footy and it’s good to see the fans giving him some credit because he’s had some hard times. That is a positive to me that they’re talking about him and asking why he hasn’t been playing.
“The role Jon Wilkin plays at left back row is similar to what he does at 6 and we decided thought to go with some bigger people would have been a better option against a bigger team.”
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