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“On a short turnaround…” – Paul Wellens explains St Helens’ shock defeat

St Helens head coach Paul Wellens

St Helens were stunned tonight by Hull FC 34-6 having beaten them last week.

After the game, Wellens pulled no punches in his assessment of his side.

“It was very tough. Very unlike us. A drop far below our standards,” he said on Sky Sports as he explained the defeat.

He also highlighted that the Saints hadn’t come off their win against Hull last week well:

“Before the game, on a short turnaround on the back of an emotional game at the weekend, we were just way short.

“First of all, I am disappointed for our supporters who made the effort to come across and support us so I am disappointed for them.

“I am disappointed.”

Asked if he ever felt like Saints would win, he said: “No, we got so many facets of that game wrong.

“We were ill-disciplined at times. We coughed up possession too easily.

“Whenever they were coming out of their half, we gave away a penalty to release the pressure.

“It was a number of things.

“I suppose what I have got to do is pay credit to Hull. They were far better than us.

“They were by far the better team.”

He was also asked why he benched skipper James Roby:

“I am wondering myself now.

“What this team has got to do is get used to being without James Roby.

“He isn’t going to be around forever. Expecting a 37 year old to play 80 minutes every week, we have to evolve.

“I though bringing him off the bench and using Morgan’s defensive qualities could help us.

“As a collective we weren’t where we needed to be.”

When asked if Roby is irreplaceable, Wellens said:

“No, he’s obviously a wonderful player and person and has set the standards so high.

“We are not looking to replace James Roby, but find someone who can be the best version of themselves.”

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