Brown praise for youngster Percival

St Helens coach Nathan Brown has praised youngster Mark Percival following his debut against Leeds Rhinos last Saturday.

Percival, 18, was a major positive for Saints despite getting beat 20-12 having made numerous clean breaks and putting wing partner Francis Meli over for a brace of tries.

Brown said: “We put him in there for a reason – because we thought he’d do well. Did we expect him to go out there and be that good? Well you never expect that out of any 18-year-old.

“We could have left Josh Jones and Jordan Turner in the centres if we’d wanted to and somebody probably thought it was a silly thing at the time. In hindsight they’d probably say it’s a great decision.

“We were confident he’d bring something different to the team and he had a good game. But as is always the case with young kids, it gets a lot harder before it gets easier.”

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