Saints v Wigan Warriors
Many times I’ve been witness to this sort of game when watching the Saints. But it’s always been from the victorious standpoint and not having been on the wrong end of it, writes Graham Henthorne.
Well now I know how other teams have felt when they’ve left St Helens with their tails well and truly between their legs and it’s not pleasant.
There’s nothing I can say about the first half other than seven tries and 36 points speak for themselves. Like a hot knife through butter is the most apt description of the attack and defence on show.
The second half was marginally better as the Saints conceded only five tries, two of them due to some dubious decisions and managed to score for themselves.
The one bright spot in the second period happened midway through the half as Josh Simm finished a good move to score and save the Saints from a shutout.
Having received their first penalty of the match and on the last tackle the Saints had managed to spend time with tackles in the visitor’s 20 metre zone. Jack Welsby, as he did most of the night, probed right and left before taking the ball left on the last. He fed Jake Wingfield who poked his head through enough to feed the supporting Simm for the score.
Ten minutes later and having forced a repeat set Wingfield was again held short and from the play the ball Brandon O’Neill went the wrong way and the open line was lost.
However, this was one of his few errors and he is one of the few who can hold their heads high as having tried their hardest.
Welsby, who had shown the way with a great try saving chase over 60 metres in the first half, Lewis Dodd after the break and Kye Siyani who played the last 55 minutes nonstop trying to plug the huge gaps in the defensive line are the few who come out with any credit.
It’s always a privilege to pull on the red vee but it comes at a cost. That cost is the responsibility to give of your all and to do it justice.
Tries: Simm (52).
Goals: Simm 1 from 1.
Tries: Reece Hamlett (3 & 24), Oliver Waite (6), Jack Kennedy (10, 29, 41 & 56), Max Roberts (14), Ben Holcroft (21), Amir Borouh (46), Umyla Hanley (67 & 70).
Goals: Jack Kennedy 7 from 12.
Half Time: 0-36
Full Time: 6-60
1. Jamie Little; 2. Harvey McDaid, 3. Sam Morley, 4. Zak Critchley, 5. Jake Arnold; 6. Jack Welsby, 7. Josh Waterworth; 8. Ethan Yates, 9. Brandon O’Neill, 10. Josh Carrick, 11. Josh Simm (C), 12. Brandon Scully, 13. Jake Wingfield.
Subs: 14. Lewis Dodd, 15. Kian Horridge, 16. Cameron Hetherington, 17. Jack Roughley, 18. Jack Taylor, 19. Kye Siyani.
1. Cian Taylor; 5. Sam Halsall, 3. Ben Holcroft, 4. Reece Hamlett, 2. Jack Kennedy; 6. Ryan Forshaw, 7. Luke Dale; 8. Ryan Woolfenden, 9. Amir Borouh, 10. Ethan Havard, 11. Oliver Waite, 12. Max Roberts, 13. Morgan Smithies.
Subs: 14. Kyle Barton, 15. Tom O’Loughlin, 16. Brian Schofield, 17. Jack Bibby, 18. Ellis Longstaff, 19. Kieron Wilkinson, 20. Umyla Hanley.
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