Saints back on top form

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NATHAN Brown couldn’t contain his sheer delight when reflecting on Saints’ stunning 22-10 victory over Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell-Jones Stadium on Friday night.

The head coach purred: “This was without question our best performance of the season.

“Warrington are a really good team and coached well by my fellow Australian, Tony Smith, but to beat them you have to play to a reasonable level and I thought we did just that.

“It was also great to have an experienced player like Lance Hohaia returning after three weeks absence due to a shoulder injury and helping to restore stability at half back where we have been forced to use a number of different combinations so far this season.”

Brown went out of his way to remind fans - and the players themselves - that the team under his wings needed to have a different identity.

He said:” People have to realise that this isn’t the St Helens team of 12 to 15 years ago which was a dominant force in Super League.

“Jonny Lomax is different than Paul Wellens, Jon Wilkin to Sean Long and James Roby to Keiron Cunningham.

Neither does James Graham play here any more and Paul Sculthorpe has hung up his boots. Now we are a different team which has to find its own identity and play to the style that suits the players.

“I know in the past it has been a case of you score six tries and we’ll score seven.

“We now have to do things differently but I don’t want to take the natural talents away, even though you have to pick the right point in a game to be flamboyant.”

Brown added: “I’m also learning, too, but have been around long enough to know what’s wanted.

“I wasn’t expecting Lomax to be our no. 1 full back, Wilkin to be our no. 7, or Wello to move to loose forward.

“On the front foot, we can chew up any opponents but you really see what happens when you are on the back foot ... you learn more about your team.”