NEW St Helens coach Nathan Brown called on his players to “hold their nerve” after crashing to a shock 40-4 home defeat by his old club Huddersfield in their opening Super League XVIII fixture.
The Giants piled on the misery for their former coach as they scored seven tries in pulling off their first away St Helens’ win since 1978.
Huddersfield’s new prop recruits Stuart Fielden and Craig Kopczak laid the early platform for the Giants to play on the front foot.
Brown, who ended his four-year stay at the Yorkshire club last July, paid tribute to the Giants’ forward domination, but insisted all is not lost for his new club.
“From one game to the next in the friendlies we showed some improvement and we trained to a standard where we were reasonably happy,” he said.
“But, at the end of the day, the physical part of the game is where it’s won and lost and we got physically dominated.
“We knew Huddersfield had recruited really well and they will rattle up some scores.
“They did really well, hats off to them. Broughy got to play in a dinner suit against us.
“I thought we’d do a bit better than we did but we need to hold our nerve. It’s a long year.”
One slight consolation Brown could take from the contest was the fact the defeat had come at the hands of a club that’s now so dear to his heart.
“It’s hard for me to think of any positives at all right now, but at least it’s been a good night for Baloo (head coach Paul Anderson) and his boys,” added Brown.
“He’s a top bloke, and he’s already showing he’s doing a great job.”