Cunningham: We won the ugly way

Keiron Cunningham
Keiron Cunningham

ST Helens assistant coach Keiron Cunningham was happy to watch his side “win ugly” against London Broncos on Friday.

Saints wore down the hard-working capital club, eventually winning 38-10 with the help of two tries from Francis Meli.

And Cunningham said: “I was pleased. It was an ugly win. It’s three wins in a row now.

“The boys are bit down over second half though. We will recover and go again next week.

“We spoke at half-time about London. You have to give them credit for what they are going through. Tony (Rea, coach) is doing a great job. They have a lot of injuries and we are going well so it’s hard for them.

“We were guilty in the early part of the year about not starting well and we altered that. We want to pride ourselves on our start and we did that in both halves.”

Adam Swift set the hosts on their way in the seventh minute and further scores from Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Meli and Tom Makinson put them 22-0 to the good at half-time.

Anthony Walker crossed three minutes into the second half and Jonny Lomax, who also kicked five conversions, scored the sixth try. The Broncos got on the scoresheet through Daniel Sarginson and Iliess Macani but Meli added a final flourish in the last minute.

Rea said: “We are down on troops, energy and confidence. We are fighting as hard as we can.

“The players are disappointed. We didn’t do the basics and we didn’t play pretty smart.

“We need to address our start. We are in a bit of a grind and it’s happened in a few encounters now. We need to keep it simple and we gave the opposition too much field position.

“There are some positives in that we are giving some young lads some opportunities and the older players are putting their hands up too. We are sticking together and I think it showed tonight.”