Nathan Brown sees progression from last week's Saints performance

Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown

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

SAINTS boss Nathan Brown was pleased with the side’s second and final run out of the pre-season.

He was speaking after seeing his side rattle in 42 points, with Ade Gardner and Paul Wellens both grabbing two apiece, with James Roby, Willie Manu, Lee Gaskell and Lance Hohaia grabbing the others.

Jordan Turner kicked five from eight goals.

He said: “We definitely improved on last week, although in some areas we were not quite as good.

“Overall from week one to week two we can see progression.

“They caused us some problems on our right hand side – but Ali Lauitiiti is a threat.

“He can play early and through the line and is a big man. They caused us some trouble.

“They gave us a bit of work to do but from our point of view it comes down to a little bit of talk and defending together instead of individually.

“We tried to get today as near as we think to our top 20 players and the 17 to get as much time as they can as a whole we can be reasonably happy where we are. We have to get some gradual improvement.

“Overall we are making improvement but we have some video work to do over our next two weeks to get ourselves to improve individually and a group.”

Wakefield coach Richard Agar was less pleased with his side.

He said: “I think we will look back at the tape and see some good bits of play where we have cut them open and created chances.

“But we built a lot of our season last year on working hard for each other and doing the trademark things well.

“Today there was not enough members of our team willing to roll our sleeves up well.

“At times we struggled to get a grip in and around the ruck. Our front rowers looked short of a run. We had elements of good play with the ball and some of our younger guys, like Brad Singleton and Reece Lyne ripped in.”

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