We were not where we need to be for 15 minutes- Brown

St Helens Star: Paul Wellens Paul Wellens

NATHAN Brown saw positives in the opening hour of Saints 46-22 win over Bradford, but felt the victory was spoiled by the leaking of four tries in a lackadaisical final quarter.

Saints were leading 40-0 approaching the hour mark - but after conceding a try, the dam burst again and they seemed incapable of arresting the Bulls momentum.

Brown said: "After the first 60 minutes we were quite happy as we had a lot of consistent contributions.

"But then for 15 minutes we were really not where we need to be.

"At 40-12 we needed to turn the game back in our favour through doing the basic things well but we probably played where we are at at the moment. That is, we aren't consistent for a full 80 minute period.

"This time last week we had different players who had parts of their game that let the team down and this week it was other players. We need 17 players who are contributing for the full 80 minutes or for a fair chunk."

The win does keep Saints a point clear at the top, and Brown spoke of a degree of satisfaction.

Brown said: "But we have to take satisfaction from the win and to lead 40-0 after 60 minutes. But if we want to get to where we want to be then we have to be able to turn a game back our way like we did against Wigan.

"We didn't rebuild the arm wrestle and we have to improve on that."

Once again he reserved special praise for his two-try skipper Paul Wellens.

"Paul Wellens was consistent too. He is one of the best competitors in the squad and fights for everything. He is a player that you love to coach and have in your team.

"He rarely has a bad day and always puts his body on the line. That is why he is important and such a good leader. We need 17 players who want to scrap for everything," Brown said.

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