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St Helens boss Paul Wellens hails 'big improvement' after Hull FC whitewash

St Helens boss Paul Wellens was happy with the character his side showed to bounce back from two successive defeats with a 58-0 thrashing of Hull at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Saints were dumped out of the Challenge Cup by Warrington just one week after losing to Catalans and Wellens’ determined side made their message known in this Betfred Super League clash.

Four first-half tries from Tommy Makinson, Jonny Lomax, Waqa Blake and James Bell put 24 points between the teams at the break – and the hosts did not let up after the interval.

Saints scored 34 second half points, with Blake completing his brace and Joe Batchelor, Mark Percival, Konrad Hurrell, Curtis Sironen and Jack Welsby also getting on the scoresheet.

Wellens was pleased with his side’s defensive display as they kept their first clean sheet of the season.

He told a press conference: “It’s been a tough week for the club and the players were hurt by last weekend. We’ve had some honest conversations as a team and I asked them for a response. They are a team that want to stick together – and we got that.

“It was more like what we look like when we are close to our best but we still have some improvement in us.

“You come here and are expected to score points and if you don’t it is a failure but we did it and that’s all we could do.

“58 points is pleasing, the zero is pleasing for me given what happened from a defensive point of view, that’s a big improvement.”

Saints climbed to the top of the table temporarily before the other teams play their weekend games and Wellens wants to look forward after a shaky couple of weeks.

He added: “We were all stinging after last week. The game couldn’t come quick enough, we needed to just get out there and play again.

“We can’t repair the damage of last week – that’s done – but what we can do is focus on what’s next and move forward as a team.

“It was a strange night because we wanted a performance, we got one, we wanted a result, we got one. But, we understand the opposition are in a tough spot at the moment.”

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