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Nathan Brown not getting carried away with thumping of Warrington Wolves
9:25am Friday 14th February 2014 in Sport
SAINTS boss Nathan Brown was not getting carried away after seeing his side wallop back-to-back Grand Final losers Warrington.
He was, however, pleased with the emphatic margin of the win and the display of debutant Luke Walsh.
The club's star scrum half scored an interception try and kicked a perfect seven from seven in an eye-catching display.
Brown declared: "It was pleasing to come to Warrington and get the result we did against a wonderful coach and successful team.
"It was a good start and now our job is to play well on a consistent basis. Next week we play Hull and they are a tough side to beat.
"We will have to play better next week to beat them as we know there was a lot of stuff in the second half tonight we can improve on.
"We're really rapped with what the guys did, but we can't get carried away with ourselves."
Key to most things was Walsh's input, with his 40/20 also leading directly to another Saints try.
He gave the team real direction and leadership and moved his players like a chess master would move his bishops and knights.
Brown added: "Luke Walsh had a good game and some of that was down to the good stuff from the forwards.
" It's there to see what Walshy can bring to the team. We knew what we needed and the fact we have a supportive chairman really helped to bring him in.
"It's allowed Jon Wilkin to go back to his favoured spot and Luke's style of play suits Gary Wheeler. Walsh is an on the ball 7 whilst Wheels is more of a free spirit.
"Gary has worked hard in pre-season and has trained the best he's ever done. He's given himself himself the best chance and everyone would agree, a fit Gary Wheeler is a terrific young player and we are hoping his body holds up.
"We do have Lance Hohaia who can come in and play a number of positions. It breaks my heart not playing him as he deserves to play every week.
" He is a terrific little player and a great bloke but it is hard to find a spot for everyone."
Although Brown was disappointed with the team's application with the ball in the second half, he was delighted with the defensive commitment all round, epitomised by Mark Percival's halting of Ben Westwood.
"Our desire to turn up each other was great. Our young left edge struggled a little early on but Mark Percival really showed his qualities," he said.
"He had a tough time early on, but readjusted himself at half time and his second half was really good. Him and Adam Swift, were up against Ben Westwood, Chris Bridge and Joel Monaghan - these are class players. I thought Wheels did a terrific job of defending Westwood too.
"We wanted to come here and do the best we could and we did but we can't get carried away. Warrington were down on numbers and are a good side who will be hard to beat in the future. If we are playing Warrington at the end of the year and beating then we will be a very happy club."
pictures by Bernard Platt.