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Nathan Brown proud of Saints' effort despite defeat at Leeds Rhinos
NATHAN Brown may have been disappointed with his team’s late exit from the play-offs but he was proud of Saints’ effort at Headingley on Friday night.
In the end, only a Danny McGuire drop goal separated the sides after two Willie Manu tries had got Saints back on level terms.
Brown said: “When you lose and your season is over it is very disappointing.
“We can't come back next week.
"I am proud of our guys, and Leeds' too, the effort was super. I think you saw what proper semi final football is all about."
Brown explained the decision not to go for goal from the half way line after Kevin Sinfield had put the restart kick into touch.
"To kick a goal from half way... well that is a big kick," Brown said.
"Our number one kicker Jonny Lomax isn't kicking because of a hamstring injury so we took the chance to put it into touch.
“When it's there you have a good chance of scoring or setting up for a field goal.
“Miss the kick and you might not even get the ball back. We took the safest option with what we are working with at the moment.
"It has been a tough season and we effectively began to rebuild the squad during the season.
“We have made some big changes. For a long time at this club Francis Meli was on the wing with Ade Gardner and Paul Wellens at full back.
“We now have two young wingers and Jonny Lomax back there. That has added speed.
“Jon Wilkin has played half which will change next year. The culture of the club is terrific and its effort and commitment is sensational.
"The youth system has provided the path to make the rebuild quite quick too. We haven't achieved what we would have liked, but we have achieved in moving forward."