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Rush backs 'sensible' decision
Saints boss happy with a point, Gentle criticises composure
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.
"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."
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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|9||Hull K R||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
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|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
|First Utility Super League|
|Saturday 11th October|
|St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington|
|Thursday 2nd October|
|St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons|
|Friday 26th September|
|Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons|
|Thursday 25th September|
|Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons|
|Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes|
|Friday 19th September|
|St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford|
|Thursday 18th September|
|Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R|
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