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Paul Wellens explains shock defeat to Hull KR

St Helens head coach Paul Wellens

Paul Wellens’ St Helens side for the second time this season have suffered back to back defeats.

After losing the derby to Wigan Warriors last week they came up short against Hull KR last night away from home.

After the game, Paul Wellens assessed why Saints lost:

“We’re disappointed but what I would say is that on the balance of play Hull KR are the deserving winners. They had the better of the field position, they won the ruck speed which is becoming an issue for us,” he said on Saints TV.

“I’ve no issues with the result, I am proud of our guys’ efforts. The way they worked hard for each other for large parts of the game was pleasing but ultimately we’ve come up short in a few areas.

“When you come against a team who are on a bit of a roll and confidence is high, you give yourselves a lot to do.”

He also had his say on Matty Lees’ crucial yellow card:

“It’s never ideal when you lose a player in that fashion. I probably need to be careful because when Matty Lees was sin-binned against Leigh a few weeks ago I was critical of his discipline. I then watched it back and realised that it actually shouldn’t have been a sin bin.

“I’ve not actually had the opportunity to watch the incident back so I’ll reserve judgement until I see it, but Matty Lees is a player who is invaluable to us and he showed that tonight.

“Whether he’s got one right or wrong there I’m not sure.”

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