Saints-Bulls Post-match reaction

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Saints assistant coach, Kieron Purtill, praised the performance of veteran fullback, Paul Wellens, saying: “Wello is like a vintage wine, the older he gets the better he gets.”

Although relieved to get the first win out of the way there were plenty of positives from this game for Saints, not least at halfback, with Purtill extolling the newfound competition for places at that position:

“Jonny (Lomax) has done well. Both of the halves have and this experience will stand them in good stead.

“He had hand in all five tries and his handling and reading of the game is improving all the time. He’s showing a lot more maturity with the ball too.

“Kyle’s suspension is over now and that’s behind us. He’s got to prove he’s worth his place now and the two youngsters will be hard to shift.

“We started the season (with many) maybe thinking we were a bit light at half but now there’s healthy competition. The same goes for Leon (Pryce) too … it’s good to have competition for places.”

Purtill wouldn’t be drawn on the slightly mystifying sin-binnings: “We’re still trying to work them out too; but as long as they’re consistent then … if that’s what they want to do so be it.”

Bulls’ coach, Mick Potter, was pragmatic in defeat “I thought that the Saints maybe could have had more points; James Graham was fantastic. But we maybe didn’t get the rub of the green on some bounces and that could have made a difference.

“They executed their plays very very well and deserved their win; they made their extra possession tell in the end. I think they had 6 or 7 extra sets over us. They were just too good for us tonight.”