Saints v Catalans Dragons
Saints ran in seven tries as they beat Catalans Dragons 46-28 at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
Mark Percival scored 22 points in the win that leaves Justin Holbrook’s men on the coattails of the top four heading into the final round of fixtures.
The manner of the victory was built on resilience as Saints didn’t have it all their own way until much later in the second half.
They got off to the worst possible start too when former fan favourite Luke Walsh produced a fine reverse kick for Justin Horo to catch the defence unaware.
But within two minutes, following a strong run from Jon Wilkin, James Roby caught Theo Fages on a fine line.
Saints continued to pile on the pressure but Catalans went back ahead on 17 minutes when Walsh stepped off his right foot and went under the posts.
The Dragons were unlucky not to increase their lead further too – but the introduction of Alex Walmsley turned the momentum Saints’ way.
Roby broke down the middle, found Alex on his outside and the big fella went 45 metres, with a sidestep thrown in, to crash over to the right of the posts.
Percival added a penalty on the half an hour mark – but within two minutes Tony Gigot had pounced on a Walsh kick through to put the Dragons back ahead.
But, as was the tale of the first half, Saints hit back through Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.
Percival did the damage – releasing the ball back inside for Zeb Taia to pick up, and he made no mistake in putting LMS over from close range.
Saints were penalised twice in the second half for stepping off the mark – although similar offences were left unpunished in the first – and it allowed Catalans to build up the momentum.
And on the 50 minute Mark, Horo got on the outside of the Saints’ defence and put down under pressure for his second.
But Saints replied through the boot of Mark Percival to make it all square.
And moments later they were ahead.
Danny Richardson found Ryan Morgan who cut inside, drew the fullback and duly put Jonny Lomax under the posts on his 150th appearance for the club.
Percival converted and then added another penalty to take Saints two scores out.
Saints looked comfortable and it showed too as they not only restricted Catalans to their own 40 but looked set to extend their lead.
But Danny Richardson’s chip with 10 to go was collected by Richie Myler who went the full length.
Walsh nailing the conversion off the touchline to make it game on.
Saints defended the Dragons next set and then won a penalty under the posts.
But they spurned the opportunity to take the lead out to four points… and Percival latched on to a flowing move to score in the corner.
Saints then put it to bed.
Thompson span over following Richardson’s reverse pass, and as the hooter sounded, Roby chipped it ahead for Ryan Morgan to cross.
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Class from Roby – breaks and then chips it for Morgan to chase.
Percy makes it 42-28
No stopping Thommo! Spin and in.
Theo Fages wins man of the match
Off the touchline from Percy – class for 36-28
Over in the corner as Saints shift it wide.
Walsh makes it a two point game.
Richardson tries a chip – but Myler collects it and goes the length.
But are then collared for a forward pass.
Saints have another set following Theo’s kick.
That’s Percy’s 500th point in Super League – Saints lead 28-22
Piece of magic from Ryan Morgan – cuts inside from Richardson’s pass and feeds Lomax
Percy levels it up. 22-22
Grace wins a repeat set and then Catalans give another penalty away. 10 so far. Saints will take the 2.
High Walsh ball taken by Lomax then Saints win a penalty.
Catalans get a penalty then Wilko smashes Casty to dislodge the ball. Huge hit.
Walsh misses the kick – but Catalans lead 22-20
Takes on the defence on the far side and Catalans lead again
Now Louie is collared for stepping off the mark
Alex caught for stepping off the mark – Catalans penalty
Catalans will drop out
Saints have a penalty and are on the attack.
Back underway – Catalans kick off, Saints lead by two points.
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Percy makes it 20-18 to the Saints.
Percival finds Taia who puts LMS under the sticks. Great move from the Saints.
Baffled faces all around at that call… but Saints get the ball back.
Free play – Percy kicks it to chase… gets his shirt pulled all the way but nothing is giving.
Percy gets away – but Tierney ankle taps him to save a certain try
Walsh makes it 18-14 to the visitors.
Simple kick and the full back latches on to it.
Saints lose the ball form the restart… some D coming up
Penalty over… Saints lead 14-12
Catalans racking up the penalties – three in a row and Saints will take the two
Percy makes it 12-12
GO ALEX! Big Al hits X repeatedly, goes 45 metres – with a sidestep thrown in.
Catalans doing more with the ball at present – asking questions of Saints D.
Walsh makes it 12-6 to the visitors.
Solo effort from the former Saint – steps off the mark and the defence can’t handle him.
Catalans force a drop out.
Catalans come up with the error – Saints come away with the ball
Catalans get the ball back as a short drop out causes problems
Saints win a drop out following Fages kick.
Regan just can’t haul in Lomax’ pass as Saints attack the left hand side.
Percy levels it up.
Strong run from Wilkin – and then Roby puts Theo over.
Saints in Catalans’ half now – and they win a penalty
And Walsh makes it 6-0 to the visitors.
Walsh with the reverse kick catches Saints unaware…
Saints get this one underway