Brown expects top honours

Nathan BrownSt Helens (1/4 Regular Season Outright) boss Nathan Brown says everyone at the club is confident that they can finish the regular season with the League Leader’s Shield in their trophy cabinet.

Despite losing the likes of Luke Walsh, Jonny Lomax and Jon Wilkin to injury during 2014, Saints have been excellent and currently sit two points clear of Castleford ahead of Friday’s final fixture away at Huddersfield.

With their inferior points difference, Brown’s men could easily miss out on winning the League Leader’s Shield over the weekend but a win against the Giants would guarantee them the trophy, even before the Tigers (3/1 Regular Season Outright) play their final match away against the Catalans Dragons on Saturday.

Although recent seasons have shown that topping the standings by no means guarantees play-off success, the confidence it brings can certainly help teams as they go looking for a place in the Grand Final at Old Trafford on October 11.

The Australian coach admits that despite losing last Thursday at home to Warrington, confidence remains high within the Saints (4/1 Grand Final Winner) camp and the boss is confident they can finish the job by claiming the victory in West Yorkshire.

“We haven’t really thought about the possibility of not winning the League Leader’s Shield because we’re preparing to do well,” he told the St Helens Reporter. “We’re not preparing to lose. Hopefully we can go there and put in a good performance then, after that, regardless of what happens we’ll be looking at a home semi-final.

“We’ve got a lot to look forward to. We’re preparing well and will go there confident that we can do well. We control our own destiny and nobody else in the competition does and what will happen will happen.”

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