Saints v Warrington Wolves
Adam Swift bagged two tries as Saints beat Warrington 31-6 at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday night.
The winger took his club tally to 73 in a comprehensive victory.
Aided and abetted by the superb Matty Smith – who was making his latest debut for the club – Saints dominated throughout and overwhelmed their opponents.
Yet, ironically, it took them 30 minutes to break the deadlock.
But when they did, they ran in three tries in around seven minutes.
After having one chalked off for a forward pass, James Roby’s early kick was lost in goal and Zeb Taia touched down.
Five minutes later they extended the lead further and it was thanks to Smith.
He saw Jack Owens one on one with his winger and put a perfect lofted kick on a plate for him to score in the corner.
And two minutes later they went in again.
Breaking from inside their own half Fages linked up with Taia to put Percival away on a 60 metre break.
He then simply turned it outside for Swift to go over.
Percival three from three with the boot.
Saints repelled a strong attack from the visitors as the half time hooter rang but were powerless to stop Kurt Gidley two minutes into the second half.
Percival took Saints’ lead out to 14 points with a penalty after 55 minutes and ten minutes later the game was safe.
From 40 out, Wilkin stabbed the ball along the floor into the corner and Swift outpaced Ratchford to touch down.
Matty Smith tagged on a drop goal with seven left to play to cap a fine performance before Alex Walmsley flew onto the ball at full pace for game, set and match.
Tries: Taia, Owens, Swift (2), Walmsley
Goals: Percival (5 from 7)
Goals: Ratchford (1 from 1)
REF: J Child
2. Tommy Makinson; 21. Jack Owens, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith; 8. Alex Walmsley, 17. Tommy Lee, 14. Luke Douglas, 36. Zeb Taia, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin.
Subs: 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 15. Adam Walker, 18. Dominique Peyroux.
1. Stefan Ratchford; 5. Matthew Russell, 3. Rhys Evans, 20. Toby King, 26. Jack Johnson; 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Kurt Gidley; 8. Chris Hill, 9. Daryl Clark, 14. Mike Cooper, 34. Ben Westwood, 12. Jack Hughes, 13. Joe Westerman.
Subs: 10. Ashton Sims, 15. Brad Dwyer, 17. Dominic Crosby, 28. Harvey Livett.
Saints Line up
Warrington Wolves Line up
Last updated 26 May 19 19:49:35
Try stopping that! Alex Walmsley, full pelt. Not a chance!
Clark held up over the line.
Saints give penalty away – time to soak up some pressure
Kick from Smith goes dead – he’s been lively tonight on his debut though
Sorry, Wilko with the kick.
Smith, stab along the floor into the corner and Swift outpaces Ratchford
Warrington knock on and then give a penalty for dissent
Saints have to drop out.
Smith goes close, Warrington come away with it and then Saints give away a penalty
Another penalty – Percy will aim to take the two.
Warrington’s kick goes too far and Saints come away with it.
Zeb with the kick but Warrington will come away with the ball.
Percy misses penalty attempt and it doesn’t go dead.
Warrington give penalty away – Saints on the hunt now.
Saints penalised from the restart but Warrington throw a forward pass in their set.
Simple ball and the half takes it at pace.
Out on the full from Smith
Warrington will get this second half underway
Saints deny Warrington at the death.
We’re in again! Move from our own half, Percy breaks and puts in Swift
Lovely kick from Smith – sees Owens one on one with his winger and pops it on the plate for him to score in the corner
Saints break the deadlock. Roby’s kick and Taia touches down after the Wolves lose it.
We’re off upstairs for a potential Saints try – Roby kick, lost in goal and we could have scored.
Penalty for an awkward looking tackle on Amor
Great take from Ratchford from Fages’ high ball.
Another set for Saints after another charge down.
Wilko opts to pass when he probably should have put his head down and gone for a line.
More Saints possession on the Wolves line.
Smith called for a forward pass that sees Swift go over. Harsh
Not fluid this from both sides at the moment.
Quick passing on the left but the ball goes into touch.
Warrington lose the ball on the first tackle.
The sides trade penalties.
Poor kick from the Wire on the last sees the ball go dead.
Warrington get a penalty
Owens up for the ball from a Smith kick. Can’t take it and the Wire come away from their line.
Saints force a drop out
Saints move the ball wide to Jack Owens, he’s back inside and Saints are right on the Wolves line.
Penalty to Saints
Early kick in the count from Matty Smith
Kick trading at the moment…
Kick charged down and Saints get another six.
Good early defensive set from the boys.
Saints will get us underway here