Rush backs 'sensible' decision

Saints boss happy with a point, Gentle criticises composure

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Rush backs 'sensible' decision

Mike Rush: Believes it was a 'sensible' decision to go for goal

I think it was a sensible decision to (kick) the penalty.

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St Helens caretaker coach Mike Rush has backed the decision kick a late point-claiming penalty in their 18-all draw with Hull FC at the KC Stadium.

Saints could have gone for the try and the win in East Yorkshire, but Tom Makinson converted the simple attempt at goal to ensure the spoils were shared.

Rush admits the decision by his full-back Paul Wellens to overrule Jonny Lomax's original decision and settle for a draw was the 'sensible' choice given the nature of the game.

Saints defended for long periods in the game and whereas they were unable to keep out Wigan in last weekend's heavy defeat they frustrated the Black and Whites.

Sensible

"We were tempted to run it but at the end of the day Hull were two points above us in the table and we couldn't afford to let them go further above us by risking running the ball, so I think it was a sensible decision to (kick) the penalty," said Rush.

"I don't think in all the levels I've coached at I've ever had to coach a team that has defended so much and for such a long period of time. I think we only had 12 sets in the second half and when the stats come out it is going to look a very one-sided game.

"We had a good hour and 20 minutes practising our defence and it was a big improvement on what we have done in defence."

Composure

Hull FC boss Peter Gentle believes his side were 'panicking' at times and lacked 'composure' having dominated possession and force a flurry of repeat sets.

"We were guilty of panicking at times, lacking composure and trying to score off a lot of plays rather than sometimes sacrificing plays to lay a line for us to play off," said Gentle.

"They defended very well and it suited their defence the way we played at times. They were outstanding in defence and handled what we threw at them, but we still panicked and tried to go round them and not through them.

"We should have been better than that. We didn't really lay a platform to play off and we didn't take what we've done on the training pitch onto the field, and we have to start doing that."

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