The U18s lost their first game of the season at a rain sodden Orrell on Friday – Wigan emerging 32-6 winners.
Despite competing for long periods of the game the Saints just couldn’t stay composed long enough to put their hosts under pressure.
A good first defensive set was followed by a silly error and the first score to the home side which seemed to set the tone for the rest of the evening.
Alex Clare got the Saints only try in the half and as half time approached Coach Derek Traynor was reasonably happy for the Saints to be only four behind having not played well.
Unfortunately another error let the home side in just before the whistle to stretch the lead.
The Saints came out with more intent in the second period and kept the scores as they were for the third quarter but as the time ticked on the Saints couldn’t crack the home side and paid for it later on.
Best for the Saints were the second row pairing of Alex Clare and Luke Thompson and Brad Ashurst off the bench but James Tilley was much missed after leaving the field early on with a bad mouth injury.
Tries: Alex Clare.
Goals: Lewis Charnock.
Half Time: 6-16
Full Time: 6-32
1. Lewis Charnock; 2. Ben Parry, 3. Lewis Galbraith, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Greg Wilde; 6. Jordan Heaton, 7. Lewis Sheridan; 8. James Tilley, 9. Lewis Foster, 16. Adam Hesketh, 11. Luke Thompson, 12. Alex Clare, 13. Andrè Savelio.
Subs: 10. Brad Ashurst, 14. Tom Roughley, 15. Matty Fozard, 17. Greg Richards.