Nathan Brown: Saints can’t show mercy on Friday

St Helens coach Nathan Brown has warned his side not to have mercy on Catalan Dragons, who they face this Friday.

The French outfit are winless in 2014 thanks to a large injury list and several players out suspended. Brown said he doesn’t want his side, who in contrast are unbeaten this year, to take their foot off the gas. He said: “The likes of Scott Dureau, Ian Henderson and Daryl Millard are all good players who played well under Trent Robinson but are long term injured. They’ve lost players to suspension too and those players are hard to replace.

“But they have some capable lads there – Zeb Taia and Jeff Lima for example. For the first 20 minutes they will rip into us and we will have to play well to give ourselves a good chance. They have big strong men in the centre of the field and it will be hard.”

Brown has almost a full-strength squad to select from but will be without Mark Percival, who has a leg injury. It means there are well over 20 players gunning for starting spots.

“It’s difficult to leave players out who are experienced and working hard, but that’s the situation we’re in,” Brown added. “We left Anthony Laffranchi out on Friday and he is training well and helping the team off the field too. But we have big Al [Alex Walmsley, who started a column with TotalRL today] and Kyle Amor going well whilst Mose needs to be playing. Anthony Walker has been playing superb too and deserves a chance as does Mark Flanagan.

“We’d expect Mose to improve week on week and last Friday he did what we expected of him. He came over with a reputation and Hull KR’s forwards really challenged him.”h4>Want more Rugby League news and features? Subscribe to the online version of League Express newspaper and Rugby League World magazine. You can also connect with Total Rugby League on the social media platform of your choice.