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Super League play-offs: Nathan Brown feels confidence flowing after win over Hull KR

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Super League play-offs: Nathan Brown feels confidence flowing after win over Hull KR

Nathan Brown: Delighted with morale-boosting win over Hull KR

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St Helens coach Nathan Brown says his side's crushing 46-10 win over Hull KR has given them a confidence boost ahead of the Super League preliminary semi-final against Leeds.

Adam Swift scored a hat-trick of tries, with further scores coming from Francis Meli, Sia Soliola, Jordan Turner, Tommy Makinson and Lance Hohaia.

James Roby - fit and looking sharp again after a recent ankle injury - was another impressive performer, making the tries for Soliola and Hohaia.

"I thought the first half was really pleasing and we came here expecting a really tough game. They are a big side with crafty players," Brown said.

"Roby was great and you can't beat hookers like him in that kind of form. It's a crucial spot and not to have him makes it a lot harder.

"Roby had a great start. Lance Hohaia did too. We were playing well on the right edge and we got it going. Everyone loves working off him (Roby). He played 65 minutes and that's only his second game back."

The clash with Leeds will take place on Friday and Brown says there will now be optimism in the camp.

'Big task

He added: "We have some confidence now. We have a big task against Leeds but we should go there thinking we can do okay.

"The guys want to do well and it will be a really good game. We want to stay alive and give ourselves a good shot at Old Trafford.

"Swifty is playing well, but so is Tommy (Makinson). He's got speed and he's come through our system too."

Hull KR head coach Craig Sandercock explained the absence of Cory Paterson, who now heads to Wests Tigers, was due to a burst appendix.

"Saints were way too good, too big, too fast and too classy. Saints were full strength and we were missing eight regulars," Sandercock said.

"We missed Cory Paterson who burst his appendix yesterday - what can you do? We didn't perform. We had too many errors. They were way too good for us.

"We made some very poor defensive mistakes but to the guys' credit the second half wasn't too bad but we didn't perform in the first half. The game was over by that point."

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1 St Helens 3 6
2 Leeds Rhinos 3 6
3 Catalans Dragons 3 4
4 Warrington Wolves 3 4
5 Wakefield Wildcats 3 4
6 Widnes Vikings 3 3
7 Wigan Warriors 3 3
8 Hull FC 3 2
9 Hull K R 3 2
10 Salford Red Devils 3 2
11 Castleford Tigers 3 0
12 Huddersfield Giants 3 0
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