Aug 19 2013
Nathan Brown was satisfied after watching St Helens extend their winning run to five matches at Wakefield but insisted there is more to come.
Saints are running into form at the right time of the season with the Super League play-offs looming and tries from Anthony Laffranchi, Adam Swift, the returning Sia Soliola, Jonny Lomax and Lance Hohaia helped them to a 26-12 victory at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
Yet despite an excellent start, in which they went 10-0 ahead inside the opening seven minutes, Brown's men struggled for rhythm and only made the game safe through Hohaia's 70th-minute try.
While Brown was happy to see St Helens walk away from Yorkshire with the two points, he expressed his disappointment at lapses in their performance.
"We did some decent stuff and some stuff at the opposite end of the scale," said the Australian.
"We just weren't quite consistent enough today, I didn't think. We put ourselves in a good position early on but then made a lot of errors that were just poor attention to detail.
"We never seemed to get flowing and they were probably a bit similar at times themselves.
"I just thought we let ourselves down in some really small areas of the game and that's what I was most disappointed with.
"To come to their (Wakefield's) home ground and win like we did is pleasing but we need to be a lot better than that going forward."
The victory moved St Helens up to fifth in the Super League standings although they will do well to end the regular season there, with their final two fixtures away to Warrington and home against Hull.
Yet Brown is keen to see his side end what had been a forgettable campaign up until recent weeks on a high heading into the play-offs.
"Playing well is the key and coming into the play-offs, winning and playing well is a good way to go into them," he added.
Reece Lyne and Kyle Amor's tries - along with Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook being sent to the sin bin in the closing stages - gave Wakefield a sniff of victory.
They trailed by just eight points when Amor's try was converted, but Hohaia's effort ended their resistance.
Victory for both Hull sides on Friday night ended Wakefield's slim hopes of qualifying for the Super League play-offs but Wildcats coach Richard Agar refuted the suggestion that was a key factor for their performance today.
"No, not at all. It was probably symptomatic of the way we've played for the last month," he said.
"I don't think being in or out of the play-offs made too much difference.
"Our attitude to compete was okay; I thought we controlled a lot of tackles during the course of the game but we sound like a broken record.
"Whenever we're making fundamental errors like we are making then it's going to be hard on ourselves.
"We controlled a lot of rucks but we came up with four or five really poor defensive plays that let our tries in.
"But when you're continuously turning the ball over like we were, especially against a team like Saints, eventually it will find you."