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Friday 1st March 2013
Still no home win for the Saints in Super League this year


"It's going to get a lot better, I'm very confident of that."

Still no home win for the Saints in Super League this year as Nathan Brown's side go down 20-12 to the Leeds Rhinos.

It looks good for Saints when Jonny Lomax opens the scoring, but a couple of Kevin Sinfield penalties and Ryan Hall's first try put the Rhinos 8-4 up at half-time. When Kylie Leuluai crashes over following Ade Gardner's failure to deal with a high ball it starts to look ominous, and so it proves as Rob Burrow waltzes noncholantly through some hapless Saints defenders to allow Joel Moon to put Hall over for his second. Saints briefly awake from their offensive slumber to post two Francis Meli tries late on, both owing much to good work from debutant centre Mark Percival, but when Jordan Turner fails to convert either in the absence of the injured (again) Gary Wheeler an unlikely comeback proves impossible;

"It's going to get a lot better, I'm very confident of that." promises Brown;

"We got beat by a good side tonight but we scored three tries apiece so weren't a long way away." he adds, perhaps touting for a job as some kind of spin doctor;

"On the back of last week, when we put a lot of energy - emotionally and physically - into the Melbourne game, the question was always going to be whether we could get up again but we did and it was very pleasing." retorts Leeds boss Brian McDermott;

"Saints had one or two fellas missing but it was always going to come down to how much energy we had in that game and it shows some character there."

Salford fail spectacularly to build on last week's impressive win over Hull KR by managing to get trounced 38-4 at home to London Broncos. Wayne Godwin posts the Reds' only points of the evening as a Kieran Dixon double is added to by that of Chris Bailey, with Michael Channing, Luke Dorn and Liam Colbon adding further scores in the win;

"Defence is a strong attitude and we showed that as a team tonight." insists Broncos boss Tony Rae while the soon to be ex-City Reds coach Phil Veivers thinks it is all down to defence and decision making;

"You can look at all the excuses, but at the end of the day, you've got to stop the opposition scoring - simple as that." he starts, adding;

"It's one of those days where every option the boys seemed to take was the wrong one."

By Stephen Orford

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