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Brown sees improvement; ST HELENS 30 BRADFORD 18.

ST HELENS coach Nathan Brown was delighted with his team's attacking prowess as they secured a precious 30-18 win over Bradford at Langtree Park.

It was Saints' first home win for more than two months and, although they had to withstand a Bulls fightback after leading 24-6, Brown was never worried about losing the contest.

"I thought we created 60 or 70 points, which was pleasing from where we've been," he said.

"I thought we were far the better side, we just did far too much defending in the second half. A little bit of attention to detail, such as the final pass, wasn't so great.

"Obviously the game was in the balance when we were only a try ahead but I thought our edges and our middle held up pretty well."

Saints' creativity was significantly boosted by the return of half-back or full-back Jonny Lomax from a three-month injury nightmare while hooker James Roby also made a big difference on his first start for three months.

"They're quality players," Brown said. "They bring so much to the table and they're obviously going to improve as they play more."

Willie Manu, Tom Makinson, Sia Soliola, Josh Jones and Jon Wilkin scored Saints' tries while on-loan half-back Gareth O'Brien kicked all five conversions on his home debut.

Brett Kearney scored Bradford's first try after 29 minutes and Matty Blythe and Elliot Kear added others in the second half, with Luke Gale kicking three goals.

"I say it most weeks about the character of this team, that they do fight back," said Bulls coach Francis Cummins.

"Saints obviously dominated the first half and, with 17 offloads in warm conditions, we were always chasing our tail. I'm happy with the response but we were second best."

The Bulls have dropped out out of the top eight for the first time after a sixth defeat in seven matches.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 10, 2013
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