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Super League: Wingers impress St Helens coach Nathan Brown
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."
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."Super League. Click here to bet.
Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||21||18|
|10||Salford Red Devils||21||17|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||21||2|
|Thursday 24th July|
|20:00||Hull vs Castleford|
|Friday 25th July|
|20:00||Salford vs Leeds|
|20:00||St Helens vs Widnes|
|Saturday 26th July|
|15:00||London Broncos vs Hull K R|
|Sunday 27th July|
|15:00||Bradford vs Wigan|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Catalan Dragons|
|15:00||Warrington vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 31st July|
|20:00||Wigan vs Salford|
|Friday 1st August|
|19:00||Catalan Dragons vs Warrington|
|20:00||Hull vs St Helens|
|Sunday 20th July|
|Hull K R 18 - 38 Salford|
|Huddersfield 52 - 26 Bradford|
|Saturday 19th July|
|Catalan Dragons 40 - 6 Wakefield|
|London Broncos 16 - 58 St Helens|
|Friday 18th July|
|Wigan 56 - 10 Hull|
|Widnes 28 - 14 Warrington|
|Thursday 17th July|
|Leeds 24 - 24 Castleford|
|Sunday 13th July|
|Warrington 72 - 12 London Broncos|
|Saturday 12th July|
|Catalan Dragons 16 - 37 Wigan|
|Salford 35 - 22 Hull|
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