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Nathan Brown - Saints can take confidence into clash with champions
SAINTS boss Nathan Brown was delighted with his side’s first half display that helped them beat Hull KR at the fourth time of asking.
With James Roby outstanding, particularly working the short side, Saints rattled in six first half tries to build an unassailable lead.
Brown was keen to praise the contribution made by his key man Roby – who has missed two large chunks of this season – and also had good words to say about half back Lance Hohaia’s input.
Brown said: "I thought the first half was really pleasing and we came here expecting a really tough game. They are a big side with crafty players.
"Roby was great and you can't beat hookers like him in that kind of form. It's a crucial spot and not to have him makes it a lot harder.
"Roby had a great start. Lance Hohaia did too. We were playing well on the right edge and we got it going. Everyone loves working off him (Roby). He played 65 minutes and that's only his second game back."
“The guys have played with Robes for a long time and work off him. It was his second game back and he could have stayed on until the end.
Brown was also pleased with the continued development of exciting young wing Adam Swift, who nipped in for a hat-trick to boost his total to 13 in 10 games.
Brown said: "Adam is playing well.
"In fact, both wings are firing well. Francis Meli is going well at centre, as is Jordan Turner, and they are linking up with Robes too.
"It helps that they have pace and there is a lot of speed in that back line. I was also pleased that Jordan Turner was great with the boot tonight."
Saints now face a sudden death clash with reigning champions Leeds on Friday on their own Headingley midden.
Brown said: "We are confident heading into next week. We have played some good sides in the last few weeks and had some good results. We can take that into the game next week and we know we can do well.
"The players want to do well. They have been in a number of big games over the years and we want to do well to give ourselves a shot at Old Trafford."