Rush rues poor finish
St Helens stand-in coach Mike Rush admits his side must improve after they were almost bundled out of the Challenge Cup by Widnes.
Saints looked to be coasting into the fifth round after they opened up a seemingly unassailable 40-16 lead. However, the Vikings roared back in the final 25 minutes and came within a whisker of taking the match into extra-time. St Helens held on for a nervy 40-38 win.
Rush conceded Saints struggled with hooker James Roby in the sin-bin - a period in which Widnes scored three tries.
"We were well in control until the last 15 or 16 minutes and then went missing. Obviously going down to 12 men didn't help but we panicked and have to take a look at ourselves," said the interim coach.
"Our kicking game went a little bit awry and it wasn't good enough. We have to do better than that."
Saints went into the cup clash as overwhelming favourites against a Vikings side sitting bottom of Super League with only two wins in 11 games.
The Langtree Park outfit have improved since the departure of Royce Simmons and are widely tipped to win a first Challenge Cup since 2008. Rush realises how close they came to having their dreams crushed.
"We won but there is disappointment in the dressing-room. The relief will probably come tomorrow," he added.