SAINTS have announced their squad for Friday’s Stobart Super League Round 13 with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.Anthony Laffranchi and Jon Wilkin return to the side whilst Josh Perry and Gary Wheeler are week to week with their injuries.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Lee Gaskell, 21. Tommy Makinson, 25. Carl Forster, 26. Josh Jones, 28. Joe Greenwood.Richard Agar, Wakefield’s Head Coach, will choose from:1. Richard Mathers, 2. Peter Fox, 3. Dean Collis, 4. Vince Mellars, 5. Ben Cockayne, 6. Isaac John, 7. Kyle Wood, 9. Andy Ellis, 10. Andy Raleigh, 13. Danny Washbrook, 14. Paul Aiton, 15. Kyle Amor, 16. Paul Johnson, 17. Danny Kirmond, 19. Frankie Mariano, 20. Tim Smith, 21. Matt Wildie, 25. Matt James, 32. Paul Sykes.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Thierry Alibert.Ticket details can be found here.
Regan Grace, James Roby and Zeb Taia all crossed in a staggering salvo as they flipped the game on its head to stay six clear at the top of the table.Beforehand, Wakefield had overturned a 20-6 half time deficit with four tries of their own to threaten a league double.And they even scored in the last minute too – but Saints held firm.Justin Holbrook’s side controlled the majority of the first half but were made to fight hard for their lead.Both teams went close in the opening 10 minutes; Regan Grace looking most lively for the home side after scooting 50 metres on two separate carries.But three minutes later he made one of them pay after he got on to a nice passing move.And what a flowing passage of play it was – Jonny Lomax finding Ben Barba who then threw a peach of a cut out ball for Mark Percival to put in his winger.Danny Richardson hammered home the extras but with a blink of an eye Wakefield had replied.Saints were caught overplaying on their own line; going for an offload that probably wasn’t on and Tom Johnstone intercepted.But in the 25th minute they wrestled the lead back with a great move on the last.Initially the ball was on the right hand side – but it was then shifted left to Barba who gave it to Percival to hand Lomax a walk over.Richardson then scored a try right from the Saints of yesteryear.They kept it alive on the last, sending the ball through several pairs of hands before it landed with Barba.Faced with a wall of defenders, the full back kicked the ball back across the field, Tommy Makinson tapped it back and Richardson sidestepped his way to the line.Barba made another break as the half came to a close but the home side had to settle with a Richardson penalty as the hooter sounded.20-6, and Saints were in control.Or so they thought.Ryan Hampshire scored three minutes into the second half to bring his side back into it before Trinity turned up the heat.Jacob Miller collected a high ball to draw his side to within four points and they took the lead when Mason Caton-Brown went over from dummy half.It then got worse for the home side as when Saints were harshly penalised for obstruction Johnstone took full advantage for his second.Saints powered back with a score right out of the drop drawer – and it was the start of something special.In the 65th minute, Lomax collected a bouncing ball on his line and managed to evade being caught in goal.Saints then shifted it left and Grace stepped back inside to score his second.Class and composure from the youngster.It got better too as on the next set, LMS found Morgan Knowles with an offload and the back fed James Roby for his 101st in the red vee.Saints scored their third when Taia slipped a tackle and showed great strength to go over.It should have been all over when Percival intercepted to go under the sticks with two minutes to go – but it was called back for a strip in the tackle.And Wakefield duly went up the other end of the field and scored in the corner through Reece Lyne.It was a controversial one – the centre appearing to be in touch – but Liam Finn passed up the conversion attempt.Wakefield then had 60 seconds to find a winner but Saints came up with the ball and maintained their winning run.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Grace (2), Lomax, Richardson, Roby, Taia Goals: Richardson (5 from 7)Trinity: Tries: Johnstone (2), Hampshire, Miller, Caton-Brown, Lyne Goals: Finn (3 from 5)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 4 Trinity: 9HT: 20-6 FT: 34-30REF: James ChildATT: 10,008Teams:Saints: 23. Ben Barba; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 1. Jonny Lomax, 18. Danny Richardson; 14. Luke Douglas, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 6. Theo Fages, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles, 20. Matty Lees,Trinity: 25. Ryan Hampshire; 24. Mason Caton-Brown, 3. Bill Tupou, 4. Reece Lyne, 2. Tom Johnstone; 6. Jacob Miller, 7. Liam Finn; 10. Anthony England, 13. Tyler Randell, 8. David Fifita, 19. James Batchelor, 11. Matty Ashurst, 16. Tinirau Arona. Subs: 9. Kyle Wood, 15. Pauli Pauli, 20. Keegan Hirst, 23. Chris Annakin.
The prop has been recovering from the fractured neck he suffered in the win at Warrington back in March.“Alex got his scan last week and whilst he is progressing well they want to see some more bone healing before he can fully return,” he said. “He will be back for another scan in a few weeks.“We were hoping to get great news on that and get him on the field early but we will have to see in a few week’s time.“He is going great in training but it is in the hands of the specialist as it should be.“As a coach I would love to have him on the field but we have to make sure he is right.“The main thing is that as soon as he is well he will return. If it is this year it is a bonus. We always thought it would be but now we will find out in a few weeks.“He has done everything to suggest he can play but he has to wait to take part in full contact sessions. His long term future is more important but once he is right he will be ready to go.”
Saints trailed at the break 16-18 after tries from Gil Dudson, Niall Evalds and Derrell Olpherts cancelled out two early scores from Coote and a try from Tommy Makinson. Evalds and Robert Lui extended Salford’s lead after an hour to 16-30, before Saints came roaring back. Coote completed his hat-trick and Makinson brought Saints back to within four points before substitute Bentley, with his first Saints try, won it in the dying seconds in dramatic fashion with Coote kicking the crucial two to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.Saints started the game in an explosive fashion scoring three tries in the opening 12 minutes. The first one came through Coote who capitalised on great work by Regan Grace. The winger stepped past three Salford defenders and then fed the ball back on the inside to the on rushing Coote for his first try of the game.Saints were in again in a matter of minutes and it was Coote again. Theo Fages provided the chip kick over the top and Coote raced through to collect the ball and score before adding the extras.Saints were three scores up after just 12 minutes when Fages dummied and found the gap before feeding Makinson who crashed over in the corner giving Saints a 16-0 lead.Salford pulled a try back after Dodson took a short ball and smashed his way over from close range with Krisnan Inu ading the extras.The visitors were in again through Evalds. The full back was fed by Olpherts before running the length of the field to score next to the posts. Salford closing the margin to 16-12 with 23 minutes played.Six minutes later and Salford had turned it right around after Olpherts picked up the loose ball to power past three Saints defenders to score. Inu adding the two giving the visitors an 16-18 lead.The second half started with both sides exchanging sets and Salford continued to put pressure on Saints and it was the visitors who got the first points of the second half after Lui broke the line before feeding Evalds to score under the posts extending Salford’s lead to 24-16.Salford were in again on the hour mark after Olpherts forced a Coote knock on and from the resulting scrum Lui threw the step and beat three Saints defenders to score. Salford led 16-30 with 20 minutes remaining and it looked like they were going to win at the Saints for the first time in nearly 40 years.Cue the Saints come back.THIS TEAM! THIS CLUB! #saintsandproud pic.twitter.com/qdYc37J1pZ— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) May 17, 2019Saints hit back within minutes as Fages found Zeb Taia and he palmed the ball back inside to Coote for the full back to score his hat-trick closing the gap to 10 with 15 minutes left.On the very next set Saints were over again. Salford went for a short kick off which failed to pay off and Saints punished them. The ball was thrown out wide and a short ball from Coote found Makinson who flew through the gap and raced clear to score in the corner. Coote converted off the touchline to close the gap to four points with 10 minutes remaining.With the West stand roaring the Saints on, we increased the pressure on the visitors and that pressure was rewarded in the dying seconds.The ball was thrown out wide, before the composed Jonny Lomax fed Bentley who crashed over for the winning try which video referee James Childs gave and Coote kicked the two from in front of the sticks to secure a dramatic 32-30 victory.Match Summary:St.HelensLachlan Coote, Adam Swift, Tommy Makinson, Matty Costello, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley, Aaron Smith, Matty Lees, Zeb Taia, Dom Peyroux, Morgan Knowles.Interchanges: Joseph Paulo, Jack Ashworth, Kyle Amor, James Bentley.Tries: Coote (5,9,66), Makinson (12,68) Bentley (80)Goals: Coote 4 from 6SalfordNiall Evalds, Derrel Olpherts, Krisnan Inu, Kris Welham, Ken Sio, Robert Lui, Jackson Hastings, Lee Mossop, Joey Lussick, Gil Dudson, Josh Jones, George Griffin. Greg Burke.Interchanges: Adam Walker, Tyrone McCarthy, Daniel Murray, Pauli Pauli.Tries: Dudson (16), Evalds (23,54) Lui (61) Olpherts (32).Goals: Inu 5 from 5HT 16-18FT 32-30ATT: 9,446
Two early tries from Kevin Naiqama and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook put Saints in control in the opening minutes before Brad Dwyer pulled a try back for the visitors. Saints went in twice more through Lachlan Coote and a spectacular try from Tommy Makinson capped off an impressive first half.Leeds started the second half the better going over through Luke Briscoe which reduced the deficit to 24-10, but Saints dug in and scored two late tries through LMS’ second and young James Bentley with Coote kicking all six goals in a 36-10 victory.Saints got off to the perfect start in the opening minute off the match as a high bomb from Coote was fumbled by Jack Walker and the on rushing Naiqama picked up the loose ball to score. Coote added the extras.The second try came shortly after the first as Lomax threw the dummy and broke the defensive line before feeding LMS who touched down under the posts. Coote again on the mark to add the extras giving Saints a 12-0 lead within five minutes.Leeds pulled a try back through Dwyer as the hooker crashed his way over from close range after a quick play of the ball caught Saints off guard. Liam Sutcliffe added the two reducing the deficit to 12-6.Saints hit back instantly, as a knock on from Konrad Hurell put Saints in prime position. A flowing move out to the left resulted in Coote taking Lomax’s past then skipping past two Leeds defenders to score.The half ended with a Makinson special as Lomax found the flying winger with a cut out pass and the winger finished in spectacular fashion in the corner. Coote added the two off the touchline sending the teams in at the break at 24-6.Leeds started the second half the better of the two teams and turned the pressure into points as Hurrell found Briscoe with the offload and the winger pushed off the recovering Saints defenders to score. Sutcliffe unable to add the extras.In the following 20 minutes both defenses stood firm as the big hits increased the intensity on the field and the atmosphere inside the Totally Wicked Stadium.It took until five minutes from the end for Saints to get their first points of the second half and it was LMS who took a short ball from Fages and carried four Leeds defenders over the line with him before touching down for his second and Saints fifth try of the game.Bentley put the icing on the cake as he picks the ball up from dummy half and scoots over from close range. Coote added the two and in the process maintained his 100% goal kicking on the night giving Saints a 36-10 victory.Match SummarySaintsStarting 13: Coote, Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Grace, Lomax, Fages, Walmsley, Smith, Thompson, Taia, Peyroux, LMS.Interchanges: Amor, Lees, Bentley, Ashworth.Tries: Naiqama (1), LMS (5,75), Coote (20), Makinson (39), Bentley (79).Goals: Coote (6 from 6)Leeds RhinosStarting 13: Walker, Briscoe, Newman, Hurrell, Briscoe, Sutcliffe, Myler, Seumanufagai, Dwyer, Singleton, Ferres, Watkins, Merrin.Interchanges: Parcell,Donaldson, Oledzki,CuthbertsonTries: Dwyer (16), Briscoe (46).Goals: Suitcliffe (1 from 2)HT: 24-6 FT: 36-10 REF: B. ThalerATT: 11,848