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Rush salutes his Saints
Roughyeds coach proud of his side
St Helens acting boss Mike Rush saluted his side's defensive effort after their 76-0 demolition of Championship One part-timers Oldham in the Challenge Cup's fifth round.
The 14-try victory followed a 62-0 Super League win over Widnes last week with scrum-half Jonny Lomax helping himself to 28 points, with two tries and 10 goals, while Francis Meli bagged a hat-trick.
Rush said: "It went according to plan and after the Widnes win we spoke about keeping a clean sheet.
"Defence is an attitude thing and I don't know how long it is since Saints nilled a side two weeks running.
"We expected Oldham to have a dig at the start of each half and they did but we got a little bit tetchy at times. We missed two or three chances and made a few cheap errors.
"The spine of our team - Paul Wellens, Lance Hohaia, Jonny Lomax and James Roby - played a big part when they got their hands on the ball."
Roughyeds coach Tony Benson, whose side trailed 38-0 at half-time, said: "I'm very proud of the performance. We fought hard from the first minute to the last."
"There was even a period where we dominated five or six sets and that's not easy against a team like Saints.
"Our defence held for long periods but a lot of their tries came from penalties we conceded.
"Jamie Dallimore's sin-binning made life extra difficult and then we picked up a couple of injuries, but we have got a lot out of this game."Challenge Cup. Click here to bet.