MAKINSON AND NAIQAMA HAT-TRICKS SEAL BATTLING WIN OVER ROVERS

A hat-trick a piece from Kevin Naiqama and Tommy Makinson secured a hard fought 42-26 win over Hull Kingston Rovers at the KCOM Craven Park.

Saints fell behind after tries from Danny Addy and Ryan Shaw before we responded in typical Saints fashion with two tries from Naiqama and Makinson to send us in 18-14 up at the break. Jimmy Keinhorst put Rovers back in front early in the second half before Jonny Lomax and Makinson again turned the score in our favour. Will Oakes pulled another try back for the hosts, but Naiqama and Makinson completed their hat-tricks before Regan Grace put the icing on the cake with a marauding run late on.

A tight opening affair saw both defences standing firm, but it was Rovers who produced the first try after a repeat set on Saints line resulted in Addy picking the ball up from dummy half and crashing over from close range.

Rovers were in again on the very next set after a break on the right edge allowed Hall to kick long and Shaw got to the ball first to touch down giving Rovers a 12-0 lead with 13 minutes played.

Saints hit back though after winning back to back penalties on the Rovers line. The ball was fed wide right for Dom Peyroux to put Naiqama through the gap to score his first. Coote adding the extras.

From the kick off Rovers won the ball back and won a penalty which they converted and extended their lead to 14-6 with 20 minutes gone.

In a explosive following 10 minutes Saints were in again after an excellent offload from Alex Walmsley kept the move alive before Makinson was set free down the line and he stepped back inside the covering defenders to score with Coote adding the two.

Saints were in again in the closing minutes of the first half after a cut-out pass from Lomax sent Makinson away down the line and he fed the ball back inside for Naiqama to score his second to send the teams in at half time with the score at Hull KR 14-18 Saints.

Rovers started the second half like they did the first and they took advantage as Keinhorst crashed over in the corner and Shaw converted off the touch line.

It didn’t take Saints long to hit back mind as after an excellent kick off from Coote forced a goal line drop out, Saints were in prime position and Lomax latched onto a fantastic offload from Peyroux to put Saints back ahead.

Seconds later Saints were in again and this try was down to a bit of individual brilliance from England international and golden boot winner Makinson.

The winger took the ball inside his own 20 meters, found the gap in the defensive line and ran 70 meters to score leaving Rovers full back Craig Hall trailing behind.

To their credit, Rovers came straight back at Saints and were rewarded when a flowing move on their left edge resulted in Oakes scoring in the corner bringing them back within two points.

But two quick fire tries from Naiqama and Makinson completed the duo’s hat-tricks and put the game beyond doubt with 10 minutes to play.

The game finished with a spectacular Grace try as the flying winger burst through the line to run 70 metres to score with a flying finish right in front of the travelling Saints fans.

Match Summary:

Hull KR: Hall; Shaw, Vaivai, Crooks, Oakes; McGuire, Drinkwater; Mulhern, Addy, Maria, Linnett, Keinhorst, Lawler.

Interchanges: Lunt, Hauraki, Atkin, Rooks.

Tries: Addy (8), Shaw (11), Keinhorst (44) Oakes (60)

Goals: Shaw 5 from 5

St Helens: Coote; Makinson, Naiqama, Costello, Grace; Lomax, Fages; Lees, Roby, Walmsley, Peyroux, Taia, Knowles.

Interchanges: Paulo, Amor, Ashworth, Welsby.

Tries: Makinson (30,51,68) Naiqama (17,37,64) Lomax (48) Grace (79).

Goals: Coote 5 from 8

Hull KR Line up

1Craig Hall
2Ryan Shaw
3Junior Vaivai
4Ben Crooks
5Will Oakes
6Danny McGuire
7Josh Drinkwater
8Antoni Maria
9 Danny Addy
10Robbie Mulhern
11Kane Linnett
12Jimmy Keinhorst
13George Lawler
14Chris Atkin
15Shaun Lunt
16 Adam Rooks
17Weller Hauraki

Last updated 14 Jun 19 21:30:32

FULL TIME: ROVERS 26—42 SAINTS 🔴⚪

A hat-trick a piece from Naiqama and Makinson were added to by tries from Lomax and Grace. Tries from Addy, Shaw, Oakes and Keinhorst for the hosts, but Saints march on!

80'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooooote kicks the extras and that will be that!

ROVERS 26—42 SAINTS 🔴⚪

79'
Try
Regan Grace for Saints

Regannnnn wraps it up!! Grace bursts through the Rovers line and runs 70 meters to score easily with a flying finish right in front of the Saints fans who celebrate!

ROVERS 26—40 SAINTS 🔴⚪

78'

Jack Welsby comes on for the last few minutes as again Roby makes way.

ROVERS 26—36 SAINTS 🔴⚪

77'

Coooooote pulls Oakes into touch deep in the Hull KR half as we look to run down the clock….

ROVERS 26—36 SAINTS 🔴⚪

75'

This time Naiqama comes to Saints rescue as he grabs McGuire’s cut-out pass out of the air and the pressure is again relieved. Less than five minutes to go now!

ROVERS 26—36 SAINTS 🔴⚪

74'

Lomax has just saved Saints with a last ditch tackle on Hall who tries to offload, but Zeb Taia grabs to ball and we are holding firm here.

ROVERS 26—36 SAINTS 🔴⚪

71'

Big Al forces the Hull KR knock on as the hosts were building pressure with just less than 10 minutes to go here at the KCOM.

ROVERS 26—36 SAINTS 🔴⚪

📸 Naiqama touching down for his hat-trick earlier!

#saintsandproud

69'

Coote narrowly misses the touchline conversion attempt.

ROVERS 26—36 SAINTS 🔴⚪

68'
Try
Tommy Makinson for Saints

Anything Kev can do, Tommy can do better! It’s a hat-trick for Makinson as he is fed by his fellow ‘hat-tricker’ on the inside and Tommy flies over in typical Makinson style!! Get in!

ROVERS 26—36 SAINTS 🔴⚪

65'

Coote unfortunately miss-kicks his attempt at the two, but we still lead.

ROVERS 26—32 SAINTS 🔴⚪

64'
Try
Kevin Naiqama for Saints

Naiqama with another hat-trick! A brilliant cut-out pass from Roby found Fages and he fed Naiqama who burst down the right flank to score his third of the game! Get in!

ROVERS 26—32 SAINTS 🔴⚪

62'
Goal
Ryan Shaw for Hull KR

Shaw kicks the touchline conversion again and this is one hell of a game as Roby is back on for Peyroux.

ROVERS 26—28 SAINTS 🔴⚪

60'
Try
Will Oakes for Hull KR

Oakes. And it’s the visitors who get it as Will Oakes flies over in the corner.

ROVERS 24—28 SAINTS 🔴⚪

59'

Crooks knocks on when just a few meters out and Saints survive and have the scrum. You feel the next try is key in this one. Come on boys!

ROVERS 20—28 SAINTS 🔴⚪

57'

This time Coote and Makinson must work together to put the ball in to touch as the hosts, to their credit, pressure the Saints line.

ROVERS 20—28 SAINTS 🔴⚪

56'

Naiqama does well to knock the ball dead after a clever grubber from McGuire and we must keep the Rovers out again here!

ROVERS 20—28 SAINTS 🔴⚪

56'

Big Al and Matty Lees are back on, but Walmsley knocks on and Rovers have the ball on half way as we look to keep them out.

ROVERS 20—28 SAINTS 🔴⚪

📸 @TOMMYMAK21 with the blistering run and finish!

#saintsandproud

52'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooote makes no mistake this time and we extend our lead!

ROVERS 20—28 SAINTS 🔴⚪

51'
Try
Tommy Makinson for Saints

Tommmmyyyy! Out of nowhere we are in again as Makinson breaks through the Hull KR line to run 70 meters to touch down under the posts! What a TRY!

ROVERS 20—26 SAINTS 🔴⚪

49'

Coote narrowly misses the conversion attempt, but we are back in front.

ROVERS 20—22 SAINTS 🔴⚪

48'
Try
Jonny Lomax for Saints

TRY TIMEEE! And we do respond through Lomax who latches on to a fantastic Peyroux offload to score!

ROVERS 20—22 SAINTS 🔴⚪

47'

But we have a chance to respond as a perfect kick off from Coote results in a goal-line drop out and we are on the attack!

ROVERS 20—18 SAINTS 🔴⚪

46'
Goal
Ryan Shaw for Hull KR

Shaw kicks the touchline conversion and we trail.

ROVERS 20—18 SAINTS 🔴⚪

44'
Try
Jimmy Keinhorst for Hull KR

Keinhorst goes over for Hull KR early on here on after powering over on the Saints left side. Kick to come.

ROVERS 18—18 SAINTS 🔴⚪

42'

Joseph Paulo is on for Roby at the break.

ROVERS 14—18 SAINTS 🔴⚪

41'

We are back under way here at the KCOM! Come on you Saints!

ROVERS 14—18 SAINTS 🔴⚪

HALF-TIME: ROVERS 14—18 SAINTS 🔴⚪

Saints fell behind after tries from Addy and Shaw before we responded in typical Saints fashion with tries from Naiqama (2) and Makinson and we lead at the break!

38'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote adds the extras and we lead!

ROVERS 14—18 SAINTS 🔴⚪

37'
Try
Kevin Naiqama for Saints

Naiqamaaaaa!! Theo Fages finds space, feeds Lomax who provides a cut-out pass to Makinson who feeds Kev back on the inside and at the second attempt, grabs the ball to score under the posts!

ROVERS 14—16 SAINTS 🔴⚪

📸 A tight tussle here at the KCOM!

33'

Kyle Amor and Jack Ashworth are on for Big Al and Matty Lees.

ROVERS 14—12 SAINTS 🔴⚪

31'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooooooote kicks the extras from out wide!

ROVERS 14—12 SAINTS 🔴⚪

30'
Try
Tommy Makinson for Saints

Tommy Makkkk! Get in! Big Al offloads whilst on his knees and the ball finds its way to Naiqama who feeds Tommy and he cuts back inside to power over. Game on!

ROVERS 14—10 SAINTS 🔴⚪

29'

A big hit from Peyroux wins the ball back for Saints! Come on boys!

ROVERS 14—6 SAINTS 🔴⚪

28'

Saints give a penalty away on half way and Rovers kick for touch. Time to defend here boys!

ROVERS 14—6 SAINTS 🔴⚪

24'

Matty Lees knocks on 10 meters from the Hull KR line as we look to close the deficit here at KCOM Craven Park.

ROVERS 14—6 SAINTS 🔴⚪

📸 Kev Naiqama going over for Saints try earlier…

20'
Goal
Ryan Shaw for Hull KR

Shaw makes no mistake and the Rovers now lead 14-6.

Rovers 14—6 Saints 🔴⚪

19'

Hull KR win the ball back straight from the restart and win a penalty in front of the sticks. Shaw will take the two…

Rovers 12—6 Saints 🔴⚪

18'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooooote kicks the extras and the Saints fans to our left find their voice!

Rovers 12—6 Saints 🔴⚪

17'
Try
Kevin Naiqama for Saints

Kev Naiqama!!! From the play the ball, Roby switches the play to the right as Knowles finds Lomax who palms the ball on to Peyroux who feeds Naiqama and our Fiji international strides over!

Rovers 12—4 Saints 🔴⚪

16'

Saints win the penalty 10 meters out as the Rovers are caught offside. A chance to respond here!

Rovers 12—0 Saints 🔴⚪

15'

The first chance for Saints as the ball is worked to the right and Tommy Makinson’s kick over the top is knocked dead by Ben Crooks before Dom Peyroux can touch down. We come again!

Rovers 12—0 Saints 🔴⚪

12'
Goal
Ryan Shaw for Hull KR

Shaw kicks the touchline conversion.

Rovers 12—0 Saints 🔴⚪

11'
Try
Ryan Shaw for Hull KR

Ryan Shaw. The hosts are in again here as Hall breaks through and kicks from deep and Shaw races to touch down just before the ball runs dead.

Rovers 10—0 Saints 🔴⚪

9'
Goal
Ryan Shaw for Hull KR

Shaw adds the extras from the left of the sticks and we trail early on.

Rovers 6—0 Saints 🔴⚪

8'
Try
Danny Addy for Hull KR

Danny Addy goes over for the hosts as he powers his way over three Saints defenders.

Rovers 4—0 Saints 🔴⚪

8'

Danny Addy’s kick through is played at by James Roby and Rovers have a set of six right in front of the Saints line…

Rovers 0—0 Saints 🔴⚪

6'

The space opens up for Drinkwater down the left and he throws the dummy, but knocks on when sliding for the line. A let off for Saints early on!

Rovers 0—0 Saints 🔴⚪

3'

Saints first attack results in Coote’s high kick caught by Craig Hall and we now have a chance to keep Rovers penned in their own half.

Rovers 0—0 Saints 🔴⚪

2'

Danny McGuire finds touch with the hosts first attack of the day and Saints have the scrum on half way.

Rovers 0—0 Saints 🔴⚪

KICK OFF: We are off and under way here at KCOM Craven Park as Saints do battle with Hull KR. Come on boys!

Rovers 0—0 Saints 🔴⚪

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