Saints Thrash Wildcats

SAINTS recorded their third win on the bounce with a comprehensive eight try win over Wakefield Wildcats.

Joe Greenwood, James Roby and Tommy Makinson bagged a brace apiece as they consolidated their place in the top four.

The damage was done in the first half as Saints led 30-0 following some scintillating tries.

Keiron Cunningham’s men opened up the scoring in the fourth minute when Jordan Turner put in a great kick for the returning Joe Greenwood to pounce.

It came off the back of some lovely movement and passing, as well as a fine offload from the stand off.

Walsh added the extras but moments later that start was dampened somewhat with the loss of Adam Swift.

The winger leaving the field on a stretcher.

Saints readjusted at the loss – but it didn’t alter their attacking style and in the 10th minute Walsh hit Greenwood on a cracking line for his second of the night.

That coming after Walsh had taken a loose ball and scampered down the field.

Saints were on fire and it was no surprise when they made it 18-0 before the 20 minute mark.

A superb inside ball from Walsh saw McDonnell evade a tackle to put Wilko in on a great run.

Walsh added the extras and should have had another assist when he found LMS in the corner moments later.

The referee ruled he was held up … but seconds later Walsh took the line on once more and found Roby who was far too strong for the covering defence.

Saints’ fifth try was another right out of the top drawer. Walsh and Turner were involved – the latter juggling the ball to Vea who found Peyroux in support.

The centre then put Makinson over for one of his specials in the corner.

Matty Dawson was unlucky not to get one of his own as the first half came to a close as was Roby as he produced a nice move that centred around Walsh.

Saints started the second half like the first – breaking Wakefield’s line at ease.

Atelea Vea found himself three on one with the full back but his pass to Peyroux was intercepted.

Wakefield returned the ball with interest and Ben Jones-Bishop went over in the corner.

Saints forced a drop out but couldn’t profit and then Wilkin’s chip to the corner just went into touch with Dawson hunting.

The chase didn’t last long though as on their next set, they scored.

Turner found Greenwood on another nice line 20 metres out and he duly found Tommy Makinson.

The winger then put it back inside for Roby.

Saints seventh try came courtesy of Walsh, McDonnell and Peyroux – each combining for Makinson to cross for his second.

The eighth duly came on 70 minutes and it was superb.

Saints kept it alive on the last, offloading aplenty before Walsh steadied the ship and put Dawson in over on the far side.

Wakefield gave the ball some air in the final stages but it was always Saints’ day.

And a Turner break at the end was unlucky not to be converted into points.

Match Summary:


Tries: Greenwood (2), Wilkin, Roby (2), Makinson (2), Dawson,

Goals: Walsh (6 from 8)


Tries: Jones-Bishop

Goals: Finn (0 from 1)


Saints: 10

Wildcats: 5

HT: 30-0

FT:  44-4

REF: G Hewer

ATT: 10,008



23. Shannon McDonnell; 2. Tommy Makinson, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 21. Matty Dawson, 5. Adam Swift; 3. Jordan Turner, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 20. Joe Greenwood, 12. Jon Wilkin.

Subs: 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Lama Tasi, 15. Greg Richards, 17. Luke Thompson.


1. Ben Jones-Bishop; 14. Reece Lyne, 31. Jason Walton, 25. Craig Hall, 2. Tom Johnstone; 6. Jacob Miller, 7. Liam Finn; 8. Nick Scruton, 24. Stuart Howarth, 10. Anthony England, 13. Anthony Tupou, 17. Matty Ashurst, 16. Tinirau Arona.

Subs: 11. Michael Simon, 20. Mikey Sio, 23. Scott Anderson, 27. Anthony Walker.

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