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Super League: Wingers impress St Helens coach Nathan Brown

Last updated: 7th March 2014  

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Nathan Brown: St Helens coach said side were 'brilliant' after half-time

We gifted them too much in the first half but we were brilliant in the first 20 minutes of the second half.

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Coach Nathan Brown saluted Adam Swift and Tommy Makinson after St Helens made it four wins out of four in Super League with a brilliant second-half display against Hull KR.

Saints were level at 12-12 at half-time before running in five tries - three created by Luke Walsh's astute kicking - after the interval.

Swift touched down twice for the hosts and opposite wing Makinson once, with Jonny Lomax also catching the eye in a 38-18 triumph.

Brown said: "Adam and Tommy played terrific football. They were super at the end of last season and are carrying on from where they left off.

"With Jonny Lomax impressing at the back, they have been three of our most consistent players.

"But we were desperate for half-time because we kept dropping the ball.

"Rovers had all the field position and they have a lot of good forwards and confident half-backs.

"We gifted them too much in the first half but we were brilliant in the first 20 minutes of the second half.

"We came up with some nice kicks and we were hard to handle."

Brown was pleased with the debut of Samoan powerhouse Mose Masoe, who played 30 minutes in two spells. Masoe had been out following ankle surgery after being injured playing for Samoa in the World Cup.

"Mose needs to play and train, play and train and it will take him six to eight weeks to get him where he was back home," Brown said.

"He found Super League is tough and the Hull KR forwards queued up for him and made it difficult. But Mose knows what he has to do and we will be looking for a gradual improvement."

Ruptured testicle

Rovers finished with 12 men after Travis Burns was sin-binned for a blatant obstruction on Wilkin, and also lost Craig Hall at half-time with a suspected ruptured testicle.

Coach Craig Sandercock said: "Craig has gone to hospital for scans and we are not being helped by losing a key player every game.

"Graeme Horne also suffered a shoulder injury and Rhys Lovegrove a tricep problem.

"It was a good, tough contest in the first half but then we had no ball and they made us pay.

"We were well on top but the second half wasn't good enough and we made too many errors.

"We never gave up but they double our possession. I am disappointed with some of our individual errors."

Rovers have not won since August, but Brown had words of comfort for counterpart Sandercock.

"Where they sit on the table now, they will not be there at the end," Brown said. "They are too good a side to stay there."

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