Saints Scholarship side picked up another impressive win after a 32-6 victory over City of Hull Academy over in Yorkshire.
Saints U16’s made the long journey over the pennines to face a City of Hull side determined to make it hot for the Saints on the pitch as well as off it, but try as they might they couldn’t knock the Saints off their stride.
Strong running throughout from Cole Appleby and Joe Woods coupled with the dominant game control of Taylor Pemberton, fresh from his outstanding performance for England against the French, meant the Saints were always in control.
Kallem Rodgers opened the scoring for the Saints after 25 minutes and when Rio Corkhill scored his first in the red vee on the half hour the Saints were on their way.
City of Hull were reduced to 12 men one minute into the restart and the Saints, in the shape of two Appleby tries, made them pay.
On the hour the hosts registered their first points of the game which re-energised them for the final quarter.
For the next ten minutes they threw everything at the Saints but were met with resolute defence led by Ben O’Donnell neutralising most of the hosts threat down his edge.
Once Woods had got a deserved try the hosts knew they had shot their bolt. This frustration came very close to boiling over but the Saints withstood this hostility with great maturity.
In fact, they gave their answer in the best way possible by continuing to play rugby and put the icing on the cake with a Shay Martyn try two minutes from time. Martyn also kicking 4 from 6 goals.
The Saints had lost the influential international Reece Sumner after 15 minutes which meant that in only his second match back from a long injury Rio Corkhill moved to play out of position and for the full 80.
Mentions need to be made for Eliot Peposhi making his Saints debut from the U15’s side. When the heat started to take its toll, he came on down the middle and it was his energy and enthusiasm that galvanised the Saints and made the win possible.
Needless to say, the coaching staff were immensely proud of all 19 Saints as were the lads themselves and this was reflected in the singing of our Saints anthem at full time.
City of Hull Scholarship U16’s: Charlie Roe; Harvey Barron, Daniel Okoro, Charlie Moy, Abdullah Balogun; Jack Offen, Jacob Hookem; Aidan Burrell, Callum Rutland, Harrison Petrie, Bailey Dawson, Leon Stewart, Leon Watkinson.
Tries: Jack Offen (64).
Goals: Callum Rutland 1 from 1.
St Helens Scholarship U16’s: Ellis Keppell; Owen Blackwood, Tom Lyon, Shay Martyn, Kallem Rodgers; Daniel Moss, Ryan Wood; Cole Appleby, Taylor Pemberton, Kian Naylor, Ben O’Donnell, Reece Sumner, Rio Corkill.
Interchanges: Theo Sumner, McKenzie Buckley, Eliot Peposhi, Sam Haynes, Joe Woods, Harrison Picton.
Tries: Kallem Rodgers (26), Rio Corkill (31), Cole Appleby (44 & 52), Joe Woods (71), Shay Martyn (78).
Goals: Shay Martyn 4 from 6.