Saints v Leeds Rhinos rivalry is built on respect not bad blood, says coach Nathan Brown (From St Helens Star)
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Saints v Leeds Rhinos rivalry is built on respect not bad blood, says coach Nathan Brown
NEARLY one full season into the job at Langtree Park, coach Nathan Brown has not detected rivalry bordering on animosity between Saints and Leeds that is occasionally picked at and has been more than hinted at since the 2008 World Cup.
Rather he puts the relationship between the two clubs down to pure rivalry in the big games rather than any bitterness or bad blood.
That rivalry reaches fever pitch tonight at Headingley when Saints will hope to continue their fine tradition of winning in Leeds.
Maybe the Saints boss may have a different opinion come 9.45pm tonight, but speaking in the build-up to the game Brown said: “It is more that they have been the two most successful sides – one has won lots of Challenge Cup and lost lots of Grand Finals and the other has done the opposite.
“It is less rivalry, more respect – players on both sides know what to expect this time of year.”
There was no radical change from the norm to training or preparation ahead of the tussle.
Brown added: “Preparation has been low key, we had a light field session on Tuesday and another on Thursday.
“We have some good things happening at the moment and it is working for us s o we are not going to over complicate things and we will try and stick to things that are working for us.
“Defensively we are going to have to be very good.
“Having a steady team has been good for us, Robes has also had a bit of an impact for a couple of weeks, but Wilko, Larney and Jonny have had a fair period playing together.
“How we are playing seems to suit all the players, but Robes being back is the icing on the cake.”
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