Brown praises hat-trick hero Lomax

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

NATHAN Brown refused to take the credit for his decision to hand the full back shirt to Jonny Lomax at Bradford but it paid handsome dividends.

The 22-year-old responded by grabbing a hat-trick as Saints cruised to a 36-10 victory.

Brown said: “I don’t know whether it was inspired or not but he certainly played well, didn’t he?

“Most modern day full back are half backs and you have only have to look at Melbourne’s Billy Slater to see that.

“They are athletes and can pass, kick and read the game well.

“It wasn’t a genius move because when Paul Wellens suffered his calf injury, I thought Jonny was the next best fit.”

Brown also switched the versatile Jon Wilkin to Lomax’s accustomed scrum half role and he, too, delivered the goods with a top-notch display.

“Jon is an excellent players and possesses a great deal of composure.”

The head coach declared himself well pleased with Saints longer spells of dependability during the game and their match-by-match improvement in form.

“We showed good discipline and control in the first 40 minutes but let ourselves down somewhat in these area during the early part of he second half.

“They had us under the pump and we were forced to hang on, but at the same time we showed more consistency today against a side which had been playing well.

“I never expected us to be at our best from the start of the season but we are gradually getting better and that is important.”