Nathan Brown praised the contribution of new scrum-half Luke Walsh after the little Aussie’s impressive debut performance on Friday night.
Walsh was instrumental in much of Saints’ good work, almost undoing a strong Wigan side which contested James Roby’s testimonial match at Langtree Park.
Adam Swift crossed the whitewash twice for the home side before the visitors pulled away in the dying moments of the game to post a 16-28 victory.
But Saints head coach Brown was happy with the way his charges approached the game and highlighted Walsh’s kicking game as a particular highlight.
“The intensity was really good,” Brown said. “Wigan are certainly going to be a top four side again and let’s be honest you can’t fluke the double. Their attack looked more fluid and their wrestle was more effective - they were better in that area.
“But the first 60 minutes in particular was a good intense game. It’s good for us as we’ve played a good side and it has given us some areas to work on. It certainly wasn’t a friendly.
“There were a lot of penalties in the game and we put ourselves under a lot of pressure and that showed at the back end of the game.
“Luke Walsh kicked the ball beautifully but then we gave away some penalties and took away the flow. We are really happy with our squad and are confident of a good year but we have some things to work on.”
However, several club insiders were unhappy with an off the ball incident which left Walsh with a serious-looking facial injury which will require an x-ray before Saints will learn the severity of the injury.