Brown honest with players over ‘lethargic’ display

St Helens coach Nathan Brown
St Helens coach Nathan Brown

BRUTALLY-honest Nathan Brown ripped into his players after their “lethargic” performance against Hull KR.

The Robins were still recovering after being beasted 84-6 by Wigan last weekend when Saints arrived at Craven Park on Sunday.

But the humiliation of a record Super League drubbing, the return of key players and a sluggish St Helens showing doomed Brown’s boys.

“I could tell by the first few sets that we weren’t quite there,” he Brown. “Our kicking game was really poor and while our goal-line was great, our defence elsewhere wasn’t.

“We started really lethargic and only a few classy pieces of play got us back into the game.

“Our best player was Francis Meli and he’s the only one to have had a rest over Easter. That’s where we are at with our squad at the moment, that’s the reality. It’s not an excuse, we just didn’t execute well.

“We started the second half the same way we started the first, not that well. But to hold them out and stay in the game was good. There wasn’t a lot we did well.

“But to hold them out and stay in the game was good but there was a lot we didn’t do well.

“I counted 40 times when they stood in the tackle and played the ball which shows we weren’t quite there.

“Today wasn’t a good day for us but we’ll dust ourselves down off for Catalan next Friday.”

We need to dust ourselves off and get ready for Friday.”

Powerhouse forward Mark Flanagan was forced off injured and will undergo a scan this week to determine how long he will be missing. Brown expects the former Wigan and Sydney Roosters man to be on the sidelines for several weeks.

Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock praised his senior players for bouncing back from their Easter Monday mauling.

“I’m very pleased with the efforts of the players although it wasn’t pretty,” Sandercock said.

“We didn’t execute as well as we would have liked. But it was a very gritty performance.

“The boys defended really well and showed the effort and commitment needed to play first grade rugby league.”