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.

Match Summary:

Saints:

Tries: Taia, Owens, Swift (2), Walmsley

Goals: Percival (5 from 7)

Drop: Smith

Wolves:

Tries: Gidley

Goals: Ratchford (1 from 1)

Penalties Awarded:

Saints: 9

Wolves: 8

HT: 18-0

FT: 31-6

REF: J Child

ATT: 11,598

Teams:

Saints:

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.

Warrington:

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

1 Tommy Makinson
2 Jack Owens
3 Ryan Morgan
4 Mark Percival
5 Adam Swift
6 Theo Fages
7 Matty Smith
8 Alex Walmsley
9
10 Luke Douglas
11 Zeb Taia
12 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
13 Jon Wilkin
14 James Roby
15 Kyle Amor
16 Adam Walker
17 Dominique Peyroux

Warrington Wolves Line up

1Stefan Ratchford
2Matthew Russell
3Rhys Evans
4Toby King
5Jack Johnson
6Kevin Brown
7Kurt Gidley
8Chris Hill
9Daryl Clark
10Mike Cooper
11Ben Westwood
12Jack Hughes
13Joe Westerman
14Ashton Sims
15Brad Dwyer
16Dominic Crosby
17Harvey Livett

Last updated 12 Oct 19 19:51:29

78'
Goal
Mark Percival for Saints
77'
Try
Alex Walmsley for Saints

Try stopping that! Alex Walmsley, full pelt. Not a chance!

75'

Clark held up over the line.

73'
Drop Goal
Matty Smith for Saints
68'

Saints give penalty away – time to soak up some pressure

67'

Kick from Smith goes dead – he’s been lively tonight on his debut though

63'

Sorry, Wilko with the kick.

63'
Try
Adam Swift for Saints

Smith, stab along the floor into the corner and Swift outpaces Ratchford

62'

Warrington knock on and then give a penalty for dissent

61'

Saints have to drop out.

61'

Smith goes close, Warrington come away with it and then Saints give away a penalty

55'
Goal
Mark Percival for Saints
54'

Another penalty – Percy will aim to take the two.

52'

Warrington’s kick goes too far and Saints come away with it.

51'

Zeb with the kick but Warrington will come away with the ball.

48'

Percy misses penalty attempt and it doesn’t go dead.

47'

Warrington give penalty away – Saints on the hunt now.

44'

Saints penalised from the restart but Warrington throw a forward pass in their set.

42'
Goal
Stefan Ratchford for Warrington Wolves
42'
Try
Kurt Gidley for Warrington Wolves

Simple ball and the half takes it at pace.

41'

Out on the full from Smith

40'

Warrington will get this second half underway

40'
HT

Saints deny Warrington at the death.

38'
Goal
Mark Percival for Saints
37'
Try
Adam Swift for Saints

We’re in again! Move from our own half, Percy breaks and puts in Swift

35'
Goal
Mark Percival for Saints
35'
Try
Jack Owens for Saints

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

31'
Goal
Mark Percival for Saints
30'
Try
Zeb Taia for Saints

Saints break the deadlock. Roby’s kick and Taia touches down after the Wolves lose it.

30'

We’re off upstairs for a potential Saints try – Roby kick, lost in goal and we could have scored.

29'

Penalty for an awkward looking tackle on Amor

27'

Great take from Ratchford from Fages’ high ball.

27'

Another set for Saints after another charge down.

25'

Wilko opts to pass when he probably should have put his head down and gone for a line.

22'

More Saints possession on the Wolves line.

20'

Smith called for a forward pass that sees Swift go over. Harsh

19'

Not fluid this from both sides at the moment.

16'

Quick passing on the left but the ball goes into touch.

13'

Warrington lose the ball on the first tackle.

13'

The sides trade penalties.

11'

Poor kick from the Wire on the last sees the ball go dead.

10'

Warrington get a penalty

8'

Owens up for the ball from a Smith kick. Can’t take it and the Wire come away from their line.

6'

Saints force a drop out

6'

Saints move the ball wide to Jack Owens, he’s back inside and Saints are right on the Wolves line.

5'

Penalty to Saints

3'

Early kick in the count from Matty Smith

3'

Kick trading at the moment…

1'

Kick charged down and Saints get another six.

0'

Good early defensive set from the boys.

0'

Saints will get us underway here