No stopping Saints now - Brown

Saints coach Nathan Brown
Saints coach Nathan Brown

NATHAN Brown refusd to blow his own trumpet after masterminding Saints stunning win over Wigan on Monday night.

The Saints head coach, who has suffered his fair share of flak from fans unhappy with Saints’ indifferent form this season, saw his charges produce a performance which finally ignited a powderkey atmosphere at Langtree Park

“You don’t coach for yourself,” said Brown, “the result was great for everyone involved in the day-to-day running of the club - the players, coaches, medical team, conditioning staff - and our loyal fans.”

The down-to-earth Aussie then went out of his way to acknowledge the contribution from the players, backroom staff and passionate fans.

“They all care passionately about Saints and the players in particular want to show our supporters how desperate they are to compete

for them,” he said.

“We have had five or six decent weeks but we now have to maintain that and keep on improving.”

Brown went on: “I thought we fully deserved our win and our defence was as good as it has been at any stage of the year.

“In the final 20 minutes we were reduced to one substitution and poor Paul Wellens ended up playing in four different positions but everyone showed great character to pull us through.”

None more than man of the match, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, two-try winger Adam Swift and hero of the hour Joe Greenwood.

The Saints’ supremo said: “I thought Louie stood up and played exceptional. He seems to have found his rigth position at loose forward and that helps.

“Joe had an unhappy start and the early part of the second half wasn’t good for him but he went back out there and rewarded his team-mates’ faith in him with that match-clinching try.

“He still has a long way to go and some decisions to make but possesses a great deal of talent and I am confident he will be a good

long-term player for the club,

“Adam was terrific, too, and had been pressing for a permanent first team place until he suffered an injury at London in April.

“Since then he has had a spell at Whitehaven and seems to have reaped the benefits.”.

Wigan boss Shaun Wane said: “I couldn’t afford to risk a few players tonight due to the short turnaround before our Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final against the London Broncos on Saturday.

“Even so, I felt the team I selected could and should have won but we didn’t help ourselves by turning over too much ball.

“Saints played out of their skins and we were nowhere good enough.”

Earlier the U19s demolished their Wigan counterparts 48-10, a wider margin of victory than anyone had anticipated.