Season Review – Part 1!

SIT back, grab a brew and some leftovers and enjoy our review of an action packed year.

Today we begin our 2015 review with what happened in January through to March.

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JANUARY
After a long pre-season, Keiron Cunningham’s Saints faced Widnes and Wigan in pre-season friendlies.

They went down 20-16 to the Vikings who were a couple of games ahead in their preparations but then hammered Wigan 28-12 with stand-off Travis Burns the real eye-catcher.

FEBRUARY
Saints began the defence of their Super League crown with a home tie against Catalan Dragons on a cold February evening. It was to be Keiron Cunningham’s first real game in charge and with Atelea Vea and Travis Burns on debut, the Champions dug deep to win 18-7 – thanks to tries from Vea, Jordan Turner, Andre Savelio and Tommy Makinson.

Six days later, they were off to ‘hell’ to face Salford Red Devils and after running in ten tries on the night, your Champions were top of the table and confidence was high.

NRL Champions South Sydney Rabbitohs then rolled into town for a sold out World Club Challenge clash. On the night Saints came up against a side that looked unbeatable and put on a scintillating display of rugby league.

The loss was heavy but there was no denying the Bunnies’ class.

It was always going to be a tough turnaround when – just five days later – Castleford Tigers came to Langtree Park. But Saints showed their resilience and a late Jon Wilkin drop goal sealed a 21-14 win.

MARCH
Saints paid the price for their hard-fought 20-14 away win at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, losing Jonny Lomax, Mark Percival and Luke Thompson to injury during the game. Wellens, Greenwood and Turner all scored on the night with Saints running with only one substitute for most of the match.

Down 14-6, Saints came back to win 30-20 away at Widnes Vikings and then recorded their first home win over Warrington since 2011.

32-24 was a scoreline that flattered the Wolves, with tries from Greenwood, Wilkin, Swift, McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Makinson.

But that joy was short-lived as Saints lost 24-22 at Hull KR the following week – extending a run of poor League results there which stretched back to 2007.

April, May and June follow tomorrow.


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