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Super League: Brown delighted as Saints topple Salford in brutal conditions
I understood my role when I stepped in and I am happy with that.
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St Helens head coach Nathan Brown was stunned by the conditions as his side claimed a 14-10 success over Salford City Reds on Friday.
Heavy snow engulfed Langtree Park and there were doubts the game would go ahead, but with help from local volunteers in clearing the pitch, the game was able to take place.
"I have never seen conditions like it and it's a credit to all those who helped get the game on," said the ex-Huddersfield boss.
"I was pleased with our guys commitment and effort. Paul Wellens was great on his return and Nathan Ashe did well at hooker.
"Young Lewis has only just turned 18 and had one session with the team and Dom Speakman also made his debut. The youngsters did well in key positions.
"We had to tough it out and find a way to win. Salford were committed and it didn't matter whether we won by one, two or 20 points.
"Tony Puletua hurt his knee but Josh Jones showed he is a good, confident young player."
Interim Reds boss Alan Hunte was delighted with his side's effort but they have still not won at Saints since 1980.
Brian Noble, linked with the Salford job, was a guest of Reds owner Marwan Koukash but Hunte said: "I understood my role when I stepped in and I am happy with that. Marwan will make a decision when he is ready."
The Reds lost Martin Gleeson, Theo Fages and Danny Williams through injury and Hunte said: "We were down to the bare bones at the end.
"But the performance was very pleasing and I thought we deserved something. Both sides rolled up their sleeves in the conditions and there was little between the teams. They had that little bit of quality to get over the line.
"In the first 10 or 15 minutes of the second half we needed to put pressure on but did not manage to do that and that gave Saints confidence. But I could not ask any more of our guys."
First Utility Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||3||2|
|10||Salford Red Devils||3||2|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th March|
|20:00||Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Friday 6th March|
|20:00||Wakefield Wildcats vs St Helens|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:30||Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th March|
|15:00||Warrington vs Hull K R|
|Thursday 12th March|
|20:00||Huddersfield vs Castleford|
|Friday 13th March|
|20:00||Warrington vs Leeds|
|20:00||Wigan vs Hull|
|20:00||Widnes vs St Helens|
|First Utility Super League|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Widnes Vikings 16 - 58 Wakefield Wildcats|
|Hull K R 22 - 20 Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Salford Red Devils 32 - 28 Hull FC|
|Catalans Dragons 38 - 18 Warrington Wolves|
|Friday 27th February|
|St Helens 21 - 14 Castleford Tigers|
|Thursday 26th February|
|Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford|
|Friday 13th February|
|Hull 6 - 7 Warrington|
|Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes|
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