OUR review of the 2016 season continues with April to June.
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Saints launched a special edition Autism Awareness Shirt for the Magic Weekend at the beginning of the month and would later hand over more than £10,000 to St Helens Autism Support as a result of sales and auction.
A late Marc Sneyd drop goal gave Hull FC a 17-16 win at Langtree Park but Saints bounced back in real style beating Warrington Wolves 25-22 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Saints were missing a number of players due to injury but produced their best performance of the season – Jake Spedding making his debut.
Sadly, two tries in five second half minutes did the damage after Saints side fought back from 10-0 down against Catalans Dragons – the French outfit coming away with 30-12.
Next up were Leeds Rhinos and the return of Jonny Lomax… and what a return it proved to be.
The full back grabbed a brace on his return as his side edged a 38-34 blockbuster at Langtree Park – scoring with his first touch of the game and sparking wild celebrations both on and off the pitch.
May & June
Saints then travelled to Castleford Tigers for their now annual bonkers game at the Mend-a-Hose Stadium. Joe Greenwood scored twice in a 30-20 win that was as end to end as it usually is!
Hull FC were next up in the Challenge Cup – but it was one to forget as the eventual winners won 47-18.
Saints avenged their earlier heavy loss at Salford Red Devils with a 34-20 victory – a result that took them to fourth in the table. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Mark Percival, Dominique Peyroux, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages and Kyle Amor all scoring in the rout.
The 19s beat Wigan 37-16 too to continue their undefeated start to the season whilst the Reserves matched that feat with a 32-10 win at Langtree Park.
Newcastle’s Magic Weekend was next on the agenda but it was anything but magical as Saints lost 48-20 to Huddersfield Giants. It proved to be a landmark game for Calvin Wellington as he made his debut, and the club, as although Saints lost their next three matches to Hull FC 32-24, Warrington Wolves 26-4 and Catalans Dragons 33-16 there was an obvious change in attitude and effort from the lads.
And so it proved as a 48-16 win over Hull KR at Langtree Park sparked a run that would see them make the top four – and the semi-finals.
Adam Swift scored four tries in the victory that could have been so different if the Robins had taken a pass and scored when leading 12-0.
Our review continues tomorrow with July to September.