Browny answers: Mose did what we expected him to do

St Helens Star: Mose Masoe Mose Masoe

Saints boss Nathan Brown reviews the Hull KR game and looks ahead to Friday’s clash with Catalan talking to the Star’s senior sports writer Mike Critchley.

MC: Can I just do a fitness check to start?

NB: Everyone has come through clear and all fit to play. We won’t know until later on the week about Mark Percival but there is a possibility he could miss this week and one more. Two weeks is the worst case scenario. But we won’t rush him we want to make sure he is 100 per cent fit.

Richard Beaumont is still six weeks away. He has had a few minor setbacks.

MC: Playing is the only way for Mose Masoe to get up to speed?

NB: Well there is no reserve grade unfortunately. The only place to play is Super League. He did what I expected him to do to knock up and the opposition targeted him.

There are a lot of positives to come out of it. Mose will have worked out from that the standard of Super League is quite good and the English are very good players. That is a starting point for him, we will be expecting him to get better each week over the next six weeks. I am sure we will see incremental improvements.

MC: Now you know what level Mose is at – fitness wise - do you have to compensate for that with your team selection?

NB: No, we have got plenty of forwards who can play plenty of minutes. It is no hindrance because there is always been one of our players on the bench that has been playing short stints. Mose will play short stints until his fitness levels build up.

MC: Anthony Laffranchi missed out last week. Are you minded to rotate the players sitting it out?

NB: It is a tough call on Boof given he has been doing a good job. We have the luxury of a fair number of forwards because of all the young kids who played last year, plus what we recruited.

There is obviously going to be some disappointment because we are not picking some experienced players who are training well. Whoever misses out in the forwards it is always going to be a tough call.

Over the course of time, especially with Easter coming up, there will definitely time for blokes to get a chance to show their wares.

MC: Do you as coach have to focus on the negative parts of Friday or the things that went right?

NB: We look at a lot of positives, but we do want to look at where we can get better. We are really happy with how we are going, but know we need to improve but that is the key.

The boys see a lot of the good stuff they are doing but are mindful of a few little areas that we need to get better at.

MC: After rattling up three lots of 38, and 34 – when the attack does click for 80 minutes we could see something special.

NB: Well Robes is a fine player, Luke Walsh and Lance Hohaia seem to be working well with Jonny Lomax, and the forwards are doing a good job there. Most people are contributing.

MC: Have you put your finger on the lapses that occur in that spell before the break?

NB: To be honest, no, not really. It is early in the year – that plays a part. And at this stage of the year I don’t think anyone is playing a really strong 80 minutes.

MC: Jonny Lomax had a cracking game on Friday.

NB: He is a terrific player and experienced for his age. He is very consistent and does not have too many games, since he has been at full back, where he produces performances less than 7 out of 10.

MC: The last try on Friday – your guys’ fault or the ref’s?

NB: You can’t fault the ref there. I think we might have gone to sleep. It was a smart play from a clever little player.


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