Rush hails skipper Wellens

Saints' caretaker coach Mike Rush.
Saints' caretaker coach Mike Rush.
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MIKE Rush hailed club skipper Paul Wellens after Saints bounced back from two defeats to hammer Castleford 44-12.

Saints ran in eight tries to maintain their four-year unbeaten record against Cas after losing their previous two games.

Tommy Makinson grabbed two of the Saints touchdowns, including a length-of-the-field effort, with top shows also posted by Jonny Lomax and man of the match Sia Soliola.

It was Wellens who came in for special praise from Rush though.

Saints’ acting head coach said: “Wello was my star man. He scored a try and made another for Tommy Makinson with a long pass.

“He led from the front and told the players this week we need to end the season well.”

Makinson, who retained his place when Ade Gardner was unfit to return after an eye injury, scored two tries including a length of the field effort after collecting a Richard Owen kick.

Rush added: “Tommy was excellent and sometimes young players need a kick up the backside and he did well.

“Defensively it was a lot better and we only conceded two tries. Their first frustrated me a little bit but overall I have to be happy.”

Rush also admitted his relief at only being handed a £500 suspended fine by the RFL for criticising referee Thierry Alibert after their defeat at Wakefield.

Rush said: “I’m the tightest man in the world so I’m happy I don’t have to part with any money.”

Cas boss Millward said: “We were really competitive in the first half but our completion rate went down from 70 per cent to 50 per cent.

“Saints defended really well and I can’t fault our effort and commitment.”