Rush bemused by errors
Saints coach unhappy with defensive lapses
Last Updated: 29/06/12 11:20pm
Mike Rush: At a loss to explain lapse in concentration
St Helens boss Mike Rush admitted he was baffled by his side's loss of concentration as they almost let a big lead slip against Hull KR.
Saints raced into a 26-0 lead only to allow Rovers back in, with the visitors edging ahead before Rush's side gathered themselves for 34-28 success.
"I am at a loss to what happened, but we are going to have to watch the video and fix what went wrong."
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Late tries from Anthony Laffranchi and Tony Puletua earned Saints the spoils to push them up to third in the Super League table, but they did their best to lose the game.
"At 26 points up we were playing the best 30 minutes since we took over the coaching," said Rush. "Mentally we switched off and made a couple of errors and gifted them a try.
"I am at a loss to what happened, but we are going to have to watch the video and fix what went wrong. We have defended pretty well generally, but today we have not and we need to address it.
"But we are confident in ourselves and were never going to give up and the two tries in the end showed that. It is pleasing, as we approach the business end, that we can pull something out like that."
Hull KR boss Craig Sandercock was less than impressed with his side's start after their preparations were affected by their late arrival at the ground after the team bus broke down.
"I am very disappointed at losing," he said. "Our start was unacceptable, but we were good enough to get back into it, once we got an even share of the ball we showed we were a decent footy side.
"We had the game in our grasp, but just at the end we were not quite good enough to get the rewards to cap what would have been a special comeback.
"We were flat at the start because we had spent six-and-a-half hours on the bus because our coach broke down. We wanted the game to be delayed by 10 minutes but the match commissioner would not do that.
"It takes time to get athletes rubbed and strapped and ready to play a physical sport. But I am pleased with the character we showed in coming back and that is a credit to our boys."