Brown gives players well-deserved pat on the back

St Helens rugby league club coach Nathan Brown
St Helens rugby league club coach Nathan Brown

NATHAN Brown gave his players a well-earned pat on the back after they had quelled the challenge of a spirited Widnes side at the Stobart Stadium on Sunday.

Saints had to dig deep to overcome their neighbours 16-4 in a match which balanced delicately on a knife edge until the final quarter when the hosts had Aussie Ben Cross sent off for a high tackle on Paul Wellens and skipper Jon Clarke ordered to the sin-bin in a resultant mass brawl.

“It’s good to get a win under our belts and I thought our commitment was great,” said Brown.

“I was happy with our defensive performance which was far better than the previous week when we lost 40-4 to Huddersfield.

“Widnes ripped into us and played really well and without a shadow of doubt had we shown the same kind of commitment as we did against the Giants we would have lost this game, too.”

Of the sending off and sin-binning, Brown said: “There were a lot of players involved and I didn’t get a good view but Benny plays the game physically and hard and sometimes his judgement can err.

“I was always confident we would win the game before this incident. We weren’t going too well in attack but our defence kept us on top.”