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Super League: Nathan Brown praises St Helens after win over Huddersfield Giants

Last updated: 24th May 2014  

Super League: Nathan Brown praises St Helens after win over Huddersfield Giants

Nathan Brown: Was happy with St Helens' response to criticism

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St Helens coach Nathan Brown was pleased with the way his side responded to a Magic Weekend drubbing by beating Huddersfield at Langtree Park.

Saints captain Paul Wellens described his side's heavy defeat by Warrington in Manchester as "embarrassing", while Brown cast doubt over his players' attitude.

Although he says Saints still have plenty of improving to do, Brown was happy with a much better display in a comfortable 41-22 win over the in-form Giants.

"The guys did really well. The response to last week's game and the manner of which we started the game was obviously quite pleasing from a defensive point of view," Brown said.

"The effort and commitment for each other great and the score probably flattered the opposition. I thought it was our best performance against good opposition for a while.

"I'm pleased how we got the physical part of the game right.

"It doesn't mean we're the finished article, we have got to keep working hard and we've got to deliver that type of performance next week."

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Saints never looked back after scoring three tries in the first 13 minutes, with powerful forward Mose Masoe helping to lay a strong platform with a series of powerful bursts that eventually brought him a try.

Wellens led from the front as he settled back into his old full-back spot in the absence of Jonny Lomax, one of seven regulars sidelined by injury.

Brown added: "Wello is a great competitor. I don't think anyone has got any doubts about what he brings to the team.

"When he's on the field, we definitely seem to have something going for us. His leadership is first class and that's why it's so important we kept him around. You expect your senior players to set a good standard and your young blokes tag on the back of it."

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson struggled to find any positives as he saw his side's five-match winning run come to an abrupt end.

"We just didn't turn up. There was no intent in anything we did. When we got down there end we looked dangerous and scored 22 points in a pretty poor performance," Anderson said.

"Our start to the game has to be addressed. St Helens clearly responded to some harsh comments from last week."

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