Saints turn on the magic at Anfield!

A ruthless magic weekend performance from Saints secured a dominant 36-16 win against the Castleford Tigers at Anfield.

First half tries from Tommy Makinson, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax and Theo Fages were added to by second half scores from Jack Ashworth, Lachlan Coote and Kev Naiqama who put the icing on the cake. Grant Millington pulled a try back late in the first half and Chris Clarkson and Greg Eden scored two late consolations for the Tigers tries.

It was the Tigers who had the better of the opening minutes forcing back to back drop out’s, but the Saints defence stood firm and in typically ruthless fashion Saints got the opening try of the game.

A 60 metre break from Naiqama put Saints 20 metres out. On the next tackle Fages fed Coote who put Makinson in at the corner giving Saints an early 4-0 lead.

Saints extended their lead in the 16th minute after the ball was swept from right to left and Zeb Taia provided a superb offload to put Grace in to score.

Saints were in again on the very next set after a excellent carry from Alex Walmsley caused mayhem in the Tigers defence. James Roby picked the ball up from dummy half and caught the defence off guard before offloading to Lomax who scored under the posts. Coote adding the extras making it 14-0 after 19 minutes.

The scoring didn’t stop there as in the 23rd minute Saints were over again. This time Coote found Fages with a short pass and the Frenchman smashed his way over from close range extending Saints lead to 20-0 with Coote adding the extras.

The Tigers pulled a try back through Millington after he latched onto a neat kick through, before scoring under the sticks. Peter Mata’utia adding the extras.

The second half started like the first half ended with both sides exchanging sets, but unable to create any opportunities to score.

But  it didn’t take Saints long to open the scoring in the second half. After forcing a drop out, Saints extended their lead through Ashworth after he took a short ball from Jo Paulo to crash over for his first try of the season. Coote adding the extras making it Saints 26-6 Castleford with 50 minutes played.

It couldn’t have been Magic Weekend without a try from our magician Coote who latched onto yet another wonderful offload from Taia to score under the sticks. Our full back adding the extras to his own try giving Saints a 32-6 lead with 20 minutes remaining.

The scoring didn’t stop there as a flowing move on Saints right edge allowed Coote to find Lomax who put Naiqama away to score in the corner. Coote was unable to add the extras this time.

Castleford pulled back two consolation tries through Clarkson and Eden reducing the depict to 36-16 with minutes remaining, but it was too little too late as a clinical performance from Saints meant we marched on after a magic performance.

Match Summary:

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

Interchanges: Paulo, Smith, Ashworth, Bentley.

Tries: Makinson (8), Grace (16) ,Lomax (19), Fages (23), Ashworth (47), (Coote 60), Naiqama (67).

Goals: Coote (4 from 7)

Castleford Tigers: Mata’utia, Claire, Minikin, Blair, Eden, Trueman, Aston, Watts, Mcshane, Smith, Millington, Mcmeeken, Milner.

Interchanges: Cook, Maher, Rankin, Clarkson.

Tries: Millington (32), Clarkson (73), Eden (76).

Goals: Mata’utia (1 from 1), Rankin ( 1 from 2).

Referee: Robert Hicks

HT: 20-6

FT: 36-16

ATT: 26,812

Castleford Tigers Line up

1Peter Mata’utia
2 James Clare
3Greg Minikin
4Cheyse Blair
5Greg Eden
6Jake Trueman
7 Cory Aston
8 Liam Watts
9Paul McShane
10Daniel Smith
11Grant Millington
12Mike McMeeken
13Adam Milner
14Matt Cook
15Will Maher
16 Jordan Rankin
17 Chris Clarkson

Last updated 12 Oct 19 19:51:29

A clinical Magic Weekend performance from the Saints! Tries from Makinson, Grace, Lomax and Fages were added to by scores from Ashworth, Coote and Naiqama. Millington, Clarkson and Eden with the Tigers tries. ?⚪

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Goal
Jordan Rankin for Castleford Tigers

Rankin this time kicks the extras as we head into the final few minutes.

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Try
Greg Eden for Castleford Tigers

Greg Eden goes over in the corner for the Tigers for another consolation.

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Jordan Rankin misses the two.

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Try
Chris Clarkson for Castleford Tigers

The former Leeds man grabs a consolation for the Tigers with the Saints convinced they had held him up, but Hicks give the try.

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Cooote misses the two from the far touchline.

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Try
Kevin Naiqama for Saints

Kev is in at the corner after he latches onto a short pass from Lomax again. “Super, super Kev” sing the Saints fans!

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Our Salford hero, James Bentley is on as we now head into the last 15 minutes here at Anfield!

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Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

The Kop will tell you Cooooote has kicked the two.

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Try
Lachlan Coote for Saints

It isn’t #magicweekend without a try from our magician Cooooooote who latches onto yet another wonderful Taia offload to score under the sticks!

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? Ashworth powers his way over for his first try of the season!

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Fantastic defence from Saints holds Clare up on our own line as we force the turnover.

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Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooooooote does the rest….

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Try
Jack Ashworth for Saints

And it’s Ashworth himself who flies over latching onto a short pass from Jo Paulo for his first try of the season!

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Ashworth wins a penalty 10 meters from the Tigers line and we have a chance to grab the first score in the second half here at Anfield….

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Saints force a Tigers drop out early in this second half after a great break from Coooooote.

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The Tigers get us back underway here at Anfield. COYS! ?⚪

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Half-Time: A ruthless first half from Saints means we go into the break in command after tries from Makinson, Grace, Lomax and Fages. Millington did respond for the Tigers, but it’s so far, so good for Saints!

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Wow! So nearly another sensational Makinson try in front of the Kop as he kicks a delicate chip over the Cas line and races on to it, but the ball just runs dead as he touches down.

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After a great drive from Jack Ashworth and then Morgan Knowles, Lomax is trapped on the last just shy of the Tigers post as we approach half-time here at Anfield.

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Goal
Peter Mata’utia for Castleford Tigers

Mata’utia kicks the extras.

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Try
Grant Millington for Castleford Tigers

The Tigers take advantage of the extra man as McShane’s kick through hits Dom Peyroux and fortunately rebounds to Millington who easily catches the ball and touches down under the posts.

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We have a break in play here as Trueman is down following a robust Roby tackle who is sent to the bin for 10 minutes to the surprise of everyone around Anfield.

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Saints win a penalty on half way, Coooooote kicks for touch and we have another chance coming up!

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? Naiqama with the powerful run!

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Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooooote does the rest and the Kop sings his name!

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Try
Theo Fages for Saints

It’s every time we attack! After a great run from Makinson, Cooooote carries the ball forward and he finds Fages with a short ball who powers over and the video referee gives it!

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Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooooote kicks the extras in front of the Kop!

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Try
Jonny Lomax for Saints

And there is another! Captain Roby picks the ball up from dummy half, catches the Tigers off guard and he offloads to Lomax who scores easily under the posts!

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Coooote again just misses the extras.

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Try
Regan Grace for Saints

We are in again, this time in the opposite corner! The ball is swept from right to left, before a wonderful offload from Taia finds Grace who dives over in the corner!

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The Tigers win a penalty in the Saints half and have a chance to hit straight back, but Peter Mata’utia’s pass out wide to James Clare finds touch.

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Coooooote narrowly misses the touchline conversion attempt, but it’s a great start for the Saints!

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Try
Tommy Makinson for Saints

Try timeeeee! Kev Naiqama intercepts a Tigers pass, runs 60 meters before the next play saw Theo Fages feed Lachlan Cooooote and he put Makinson in at the corner! Get in!!!

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The play results in Matty Costello breaking through the Tigers line and after throwing the dummy is pulled down 10 meters out on the last as the Tigers survive.

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Saints defend well as Tommy Makinson clutches the high bomb and now here we come!

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This time a combination of Zeb Taia and Jonny Lomax knocks another Trueman kick dead. The Tigers will have their third straight set.

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An early chance for the Tigers as Jake Trueman’s grubber kick is forced dead and Cas will come again.

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Kick Off: Referee Robert Hicks blows his whistle and we are off and underway in the final #MagicWeekend fixture here at Anfield! COYS! ?⚪

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