The world of rugby league sometimes results in ugly wins but as a coach you take them, and that is exactly what St Helens assistant Kieron Cunningham did, as his side won 38-10 over the London Broncos, with the game fairly even before St Helens class shone through.
In what was a bruising contest and one that saw the Broncos go toe-to-toe with the Saints, it was a pair of tries from Francis Meli that got them over the line and gave them the momentum, with Cunningham pleased with the effort and the win put forth by his side.
“I was pleased,” said Cunningham.
“The boys are a bit down over the second half though. We will recover and go again next week.
“We spoke at half-time about London and you have to give them credit for what they are going through. Tony (Rea, coach) is doing a great job. They have a lot of injuries and we are going well, so it’s hard for them.
“We were guilty in the early part of the year of not starting well and we altered that. We want to pride ourselves on our start and we did that Levitra in both halves.””It was an ugly win and it’s three wins in a row now.
For the Broncos, who are unfortunately going through a tough period with several players out seeing them down on both confidence and available players, the effort and fight in their team is something to be admired.
Despite that and despite some of the best efforts from younger players and some of the older brigade, coach Tony Rea knows that the key for his side is to ensure that they play smarter and better in the remaining rounds.
“We are down on troops, energy and confidence. We are fighting as hard as we can,” said Rea.
“The players are disappointed. We didn’t do the basics and we didn’t play smart.
“We need to address our start, we are in a bit of a grind and it’s happened in a few encounters now. We need to keep it simple and we gave the opposition too much field position.
“There are some positives, in that we are giving some young lads some opportunities and the older players are putting their hands up too. We are sticking together and I think it showed tonight.”