Warrington Wolves v Saints
Saints let a 14-point lead slip as Warrington Wolves handed them a 40-18 defeat on Friday night.
A try from Adam Swift after just 45 seconds alongside Ryan Morgan’s fifth of the year, coupled with three from the boot of Tommy Makinson, built a healthy advantage before the half hour mark.
But Warrington bagged two in the final stages of the first half and went on to cross a further four times as the momentum swung before Dominique Peyroux’s late score.
Even then, Ryan Atkins grabbed his second at the death to draw the Wolves level with Saints in the Betfred Super League table.
After such a promising opening the three-man interim coaching staff were left scratching their heads at what their charges produced.
For 25 minutes, Saints dominated and it came after some upheaval in the warm-up.
Jon Wilkin pulled out with a hamstring issue and that meant Morgan Knowles moving into the second row with Peyroux replacing him on the bench.
It didn’t seem to affect the visitors one iota either as within 45 seconds they were in front.
Luke Douglas tipped back Tommy Makinson’s kick off and following a couple of superb offloads Swift crossed in the corner.
Makinson adding the extras from the touchline.
Saints then forced two drop outs after slick Matty Smith kicks – but once Warrington were caught offside in front of their own posts, Makinson took the opportunity to slot over a penalty.
After being so dominant, the defence were then called on to stand firm as the home side got into the game.
And they did just that; Warrington being held up over the line on 20 minutes before the video referee took an eon to correctly rule out a Tom Lineham effort a minute later.
Swift with a quality tackle to stop the try.
Saints then turned that heroic defence into attack.
After the Wolves were penalised for a high shot on Fages, he linked with Smith to put Ryan Morgan over from 20 yards out.
The centre backing himself to crash through his marker.
Saints more than deserved their lead but errors began to creep in and as a result the Wolves took the game to Saints.
Benjamin Jullien pulled one back on the half hour mark before Mike Cooper dove under the posts with five remaining.
That made it a two-point game at half time but Saints were a complete contrast to their first half efforts on the restart.
Adam Walker lost the ball in the first tackle, and that set the stall for the remainder of the game.
An error handed the ball to Harvey Livett on 45 minutes and five later, Rhys Evans took a short pass on the last to make it 22-14.
Tom Lineham pounced on another error shortly afterwards for Warrington’s fifth try and then Ryan Atkins scored after a tremendous break.
In reality, that was the game at the hour mark but Saints steadied the ship and did get over when Peyroux crossed for his sixth in the red vee.
They arguably could have had more too if execution would have been shipshape.
But Atkins crashed over at the death to cap a miserable night for the Saints who must pick themselves up for their biggest game of the season when they travel to Castleford in the cup.
Tries: Jullien, Cooper, Livett, Evans, Lineham, Atkins (2)
Goals: Livett (6 from 7)
Tries: Swift, Morgan, Peyroux
Goals: Makinson (3 from 4)
REF: Phil Bentham
7. Kurt Gidley; 5. Matthew Russell, 3. Rhys Evans, 4. Ryan Atkins, 2. Tom Lineham; 22. Declan Patton, 28. Harvey Livett; 14. Mike Cooper, 15. Brad Dwyer, 10. Ashton Sims, 24. Benjamin Jullien, 12. Jack Hughes, 34. Ben Westwood.
Subs: 16. George King, 17. Dominic Crosby, 23. Joe Philbin, 27. Morgan Smith.
2. Tommy Makinson; 5. Adam Swift, 26. Jake Spedding, 3. Ryan Morgan, 28. Regan Grace: 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith; 10. Kyle Amor, 17. Tommy Lee, 14. Luke Douglas, 36. Zeb Taia, 20. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson.
Subs: 9. James Roby, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Adam Walker, 18. Dominique Peyroux.
Saints Line up
Warrington Wolves Line up
Last updated 18 May 17 14:45:53
Regan breaks down the left hand side – class from the kid but we can’t punch it in.
Good pressure, takes a short ball.
A Saints penalty! A rarity
Warrington a yard offside – but Saints lose the ball.
Makinson penalised for a shoulder charge.
And another but Warrington come away with it again.
Clear knock on from Saints high kick and they come away with it. A shocker of a call.
Knowles leaving the field with a head knock – looks groggy.
Looks to be a hand in there but it’s given.
We’re heading up stairs for a Warrington try as Saints lose it in their own 40
Another high take from Saints in the wind.
Great high take from Makinson – Saints need a spark at the moment.
Short pass on the last and there is no stopping him.
Warrington will get the ball back after a messy play the ball. More defence oncoming.
Nice last tackle option from Fages – and good kick chase. Warrington coming out of their 20.
Error in the middle of the field and Livett picks it up and scorches over.
Smith gets shut of it on the last.
Warrington dart from dummy half on the last – but Saints hold firm.
Walker loses the ball in the first tackle.
Warrington get us underway
Important high take in the in-goal from Saints. Relief there as Warrington were knocking on the door.
Important tackle – Warrington held up.
Saints drop a simple high ball – Warrington have the advantage. They then gain another set.
Runs along the line before finding a gap and going under the sticks.
Another penalty heads Warrington’s way – it’s all the home side since that try.
Tails up for Warrington and they have Saints in their own 40.
Nice line, takes the centre on, steps inside and beats Makinson
Makinson makes an important tackle on Jullien – but the Wolves gain a penalty.
The ball comes left, Morgan finds himself one on one with his marker and makes no mistake.
Roby offload to Douglas who sets Fages away – and he is clobbered high.
Smith chip, Gidley up to it. Good game this.
Warrington charge the ball down, another set for Saints.
Roby back on the pitch!
Another no try! No proof Lineham got that down.
Going back upstairs again – Swift looks to have made a super tackle.
NO TRY – held up.
Going upstairs for a Wire try…
Regan loses the ball after a high kick – but he’s clearly taken high.
Saints kick high – Warrington reclaim but lose the ball at the play the ball and Amor pounces. Saints on the attack again.
Quality defence from Saints once more – Warrington look panicked by their fast start.
Saints stop Atkins on the line – superb stuff.
Penalty to Warrington
Warrington’s restart is out on the full
Penalty – Saints will go for goal.
Saints grab another drop out.
Great kick from Saints – Grace forces a drop out. Excellent start this.
Saints give away two penalties, Warrington attack and then Saints bundle Russell into touch – great stuff from Grace.
Luke Douglas the man who knocked back that restart. Great start from Saints
Saints on the front foot again.
Off the touchline.
Saints offload from the off and Swift goes in after 45 seconds!
Saints get the ball from the kick off.
Saints get this one underway