Review of the Season – Part Two

Today we look back on a dramatic April, May and June.

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Saints began the month hoping to get back on track but gave up a 14 point lead at home to Huddersfield. Both teams eventually sharing a point.

The game was the last for club legend Keiron Cunningham who ended his 24 year association with the Saints.

As a result, assistant coaches Sean Long and Jamahl Lolesi were joined by Academy coach Derek Traynor to form an interim coaching team whilst the club looked for a new appointment.

Mark Percival signed an extension through until 2021.

The coaching trio’s first game was away at Wigan and, sadly, a superb performance wasn’t rewarded with points.

Saints lost 29-18, but the game will be remembered for two things – the debut of Regan Grace and the incorrect decision to send Kyle Amor off after just 15 minutes.

A red hot Castleford came to the Totally Wicked Stadium on Easter Monday but Saints ripped up the formbook to win 26-22.

But the inconsistency that had dogged Saints’ play throughout the early part of the season continued four days later as Widnes snatched a late one 16-14.

Yet, Saints did end the month on a high with a vital 28-6 win over Leigh.


Saints entered a pivotal period of fixtures that would see them face Castleford in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and Hull at the Magic Weekend alongside their other Super League fixtures.

And a packed fixture programme coincided with a new gaffer too as Justin Holbrook was appointed into the role.

He didn’t arrive in the country until later in the month and perhaps that disjointedness and uncertainty showed as Saints were downed 40-18 at Warrington in their first fixture of the month.

Castleford were too good for Saints in the Cup too, winning 53-10, before Holbrook arrived to guide Saints into the Magic Weekend.

And guide them he certainly did as Saints beat Hull FC 45-0, a result no one predicted.

Six different players scored – Walmsley and Grace bagging braces – but it was Tommy Makinson’s length of the field effort that would live long in the memory.

The best was still to come too, as Saints not only signed one of the world’s best players but beat Wigan all in the space of two days.

Saints signed Ben Barba up on a two-and-a-half year deal and then beat Wigan 22-19 in one of the best contests at the Totally Wicked Stadium to date.

Percival snatching it late.

And it got better as Regan Grace agreed a new two-year deal too before the end of the month.


Tom Holmes’ late try gave Castleford a 16-12 win over Saints – but Holbrook admitted after the game the result showed how good the Tigers were and the work his men still had to put in.

They bounced back with a 26-10 win over Widnes but backed that up with a 24-16 loss at Huddersfield.

Barba finally arrived in the country too to train with his teammates but couldn’t play until his 12-game suspension had ended.

On the field, Matty Smith’s incredible drop goal gave Saints a 25-24 win over Salford … and you simply have to check out the highlights for this one!

Jonny Lomax also agreed a new contract.

The month ended with a 24-22 loss at Headingley that was packed with controversial moments and a horrible eye injury to Matty Smith.

Saints almost repeated a famous Salfordesque win but had left it a little too late to leave Holbrook frustrated.

Tomorrow, we will reflect on July, August and September.

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