Brown pleased with Saints after 50 point win

James Roby

James Roby

First published in Sport St Helens Star: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Writer

SAINTS boss Nathan Brown was delighted after seeing his side rattle in a half century of points without reply at Bradford on Sunday.

Brown took particular pleasure in the way James Roby was able to work off the back of some dominant forward play and quick play the balls.

Brown said: "Coming here, Bradford have had two great wins against two good teams so we had to work hard to where we got to.

"Their team was disrupted by losing Luke Gale before the game but the result wasn't handed to us.

"Plenty of players had their best games for us and off the back of that they brought James Roby into the game and he was quite superior to anyone on the field.

"That came off the back of people working and helping him. We also had six young players out there too who have had limited experience and they did well. The lads should be happy with how they've done."

He singled out three contributions that made a big difference - and it was pleasing to see how quickly they got off their defensive line.

"I thought Sia (Soliola) was outstanding and he had a big impact on how the team performed. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook is getting there after his setback earlier in the season and Mose Masoe is contributing. Those three players had a big say on how we attacked and defended.

"The guys are starting to gain form and improvement," he said.

The win keeps up the pressure on Leeds at the top of the table, with Saints a point behind.

He continued: "We are confident and I think people forget we are only a point behind Leeds and are still the only team to beat them. All teams lose games during the year and we've had a flat period - some due to our own performance and some due to circumstance.

"I am happy with where we are on the table and if you take away the disappointment of the cup loss - which was clearly disappointing, but was against the best team in the comp, and we are the only team to beat them - then I don't think there is a need to worry about confidence going forward," he said.

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