Brown: ‘We must guard against complacency’

Saints head coach Nathan Brown
Saints head coach Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown is urging his players to guard against being lulled into a false sense of security as they prepare for Friday’s home game against out-of-sorts Catalan Dragons.

On paper it appears to be a home banker with the injury ravaged French outfit having lost their opening four fixtures and possessing the second

poorest defensive record in Super League.

But Brown insists there are no easy games in Super League and says any drop in intensity from his players will threaten Saints’ unblemished start to the season.

“They have had a shocking run with early season injuries and suspensions to key and experienced players and I know how they feel,” said Saints’ boss Nathan Brown, who suffered a similar loss of form with his former club Huddersfield 12 months ago.

“We cannot show them any pity or sympathy and will be trying to stamp our authority on the game from the start.”

Saints have experienced some uneasy moments during the first half of their previous home fixture against the two Hull clubs before turning the

tide and picking up maximum points and will want to eradicate any signs of a flaw in their make-up.

“The Dragons may be struggling in terms of personnel but they still have some quality players available and I expect them to give us a tough game,” said Brown.

Saints have far less to worry about on the injury front with only centre Mark Percival, who missed last Friday’s home game against Hull KR with a quad injury which he picked up in training, likely to be sidelined again.

The French side, who have won on their two previous visits to Langtree Park, have remained in this country following their 56-14 thrashing at Wakefield on Sunday and no doubt hoping this will be to their benefit, cutting out often tiring travel and helping bonding in the camp.

Saints U19s notched their second victory of the season thanks to a hard-fought 34-26 triumph over Hull KR at Langtree Park on Friday night.

Tries came from Dave Hewitt, Liam Cooper, Olly Davies, Joe Ryan, Aaron Smith, and Andre Savelio with Lewis Charnock kicking five goals.