On This Day: Sean Long’s dramatic drop goal wins it – 2005!

Each day whilst we are all in Lockdown we will recall a famous Saints moment from the current day thanks to Saints Heritage Society.

29 APRIL 2005

Super League Round 12: St Helens 31-30 Warrington Wolves at Knowsley Road.

A simply stunning spectacle! A Sean Long penalty two minutes from time tied things up at 30-30, before the maestro himself popped over a brilliant drop-goal with 20 seconds remaining to win it for the Comeback Kings of Super League!


There were 10 tries in total in what was a captivating contest, St Helens’ Jamie Lyon and Wolves rival Nathan Wood both touching down twice.

Keiron Cunningham opened the scoring for the home side before Toa Kohe-Love hit back within moments.

Following some end-to-end stuff, the two sides swapped scores once more with Darren Albert scoring for Saints before Graham Appo hit back.

By half-time, St Helens boasted a 24-20 courtesy of Lyon’s two tries.

It was Warrington who had the upper hand after the interval, Henry Faa’fili finishing off a move launched by Martin Gleeson.

But, in a changeable second half, Mick Higham ran in to put Saints 28-26 ahead before Wood grabbed his second for a 30-28 lead.

Appo then missed a seemingly straightforward conversion which proved costly as Long’s two late kicks sealed the victory for Saints.

St Helens: Wellens, Albert, Lyon, Gilmour, Gardner, Hooper, Long, Bennett, Cunningham, Fozzard, V. Anderson, Wilkin, Sculthorpe.

Replacements: P Anderson, Edmondson Mason, Higham.

Warrington: Grose, Faa’fili, M. Gleeson, Kohe-Love, Appo, Briers, N Wood, Leikvoll, Clarke, Hilton, Swann, Wainwright, Westwood.

Replacements: M Gleeson, Lima, P Wood, Bridge.

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