Saints shock Salford in stunning comeback victory

A last-gasp James Bentley try, converted by hat-trick hero Lachlan Coote, secured Saints a stunning 32-30 comeback victory over Salford Red Devils at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday night.

Saints trailed at the break 16-18 after tries from Gil Dudson, Niall Evalds and Derrell Olpherts cancelled out two early scores from Coote and a try from Makinson. Evalds and Robert Lui extended Salford’s lead after an hour, before Saints came roaring back. Coote completed his hat-trick and Makinson brought Saints back to within four points before substitute Bentley won it in the dying seconds in dramatic fashion with Coote kicking the crucial two.

Saints started the game in an explosive fashion scoring three tries in the opening 12 minutes. The first one came through Coote who capitalised on great work by Regan Grace. The winger stepped past three Salford defenders and then fed the ball back on the inside to the on rushing Coote for his first try of the game.

Saints were in again in a matter of minutes and it was Coote again. Theo Fages provided the chip kick over the top and Coote raced through to collect the ball and score before adding the extras.

Saints were three scores up after just 12 minutes when Fages dummied and found the gap before feeding Makinson who crashed over in the corner giving Saints a 16-0 lead.

Salford pulled a try back after  Dodson took a short ball and smashed his way over from close range with Krisnan Inu ading the extras.

The visitors were in again through  Evalds. The full back was fed by Olpherts before running the length of the field to score next to the posts. Salford closing the margin to 16-12 with 23 minutes played.

Six minutes later and Salford had turned it right around after Olpherts picked up the loose ball to power past three Saints defenders to score. Inu adding the two giving the visitors an 16-18 lead.

The second half started with both sides exchanging sets and Salford continued to put pressure on Saints and it was the visitors who got the first points of the second half after Lui broke the line before feeding Evalds to score under the posts extending Salford’s lead to 24-16.

Salford were in again on the hour mark after Olpherts forced a Coote knock on and from the resulting scrum Lui threw the step and beat three Saints defenders to score. Salford led 16-30 with 20 minutes remaining and it looked like they were going to win at the Saints for the first time in nearly 40 years.

Cue the Saints come back.

Saints hit back within minutes as Fages found Zeb Taia and he palmed the ball back inside to Coote for the full back to score his hat-trick closing the gap to 10 with 15 minutes left.

On the very next set Saints were over again. Salford went for a short kick off which failed to pay off and Saints punished them. The ball was thrown out wide and a short ball from Coote found Makinson who flew through the gap and raced clear to score in the corner. Coote converted off the touchline to close the gap to four points with 10 minutes remaining.

With the West stand roaring the Saints on, we increased the pressure on the visitors and that pressure was rewarded.

In the dying seconds the ball was thrown out wide, before the composed Jonny Lomax fed Bentley who crashed over for the winning try which video referee James Childs gave and Coote kicked the two from in front of the sticks to secure a dramatic 32-30 victory.

Match Summary:

St.Helens

Lachlan Coote, Adam Swift, Tommy Makinson, Matty Costello, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley, Aaron Smith, Matty Lees, Zeb Taia, Dom Peyroux, Morgan Knowles.

Interchanges: Joseph Paulo, Jack Ashworth, Kyle Amor, James Bentley.

Tries: Coote (5,9,66), Makinson (12,68) Bentley (80)

Goals: Coote 4 from 6

Salford

Niall Evalds, Derrel Olpherts, Krisnan Inu, Kris Welham, Ken Sio, Robert Lui, Jackson Hastings, Lee Mossop, Joey Lussick, Gil Dudson, Josh Jones, George Griffin. Greg Burke.

Interchanges: Adam Walker, Tyrone McCarthy, Daniel Murray, Pauli Pauli.

Tries: Dudson (16), Evalds (23,54) Lui (61) Olpherts (32).

Goals: Inu 5 from 5

HT 16-18

FT 32-30

ATT:

Salford Red Devils Line up

1Niall Evalds
2Derrell Olpherts
3Krisnan Inu
4Kris Welham
5Ken Sio
6Robert Lui
7Jackson Hastings
8Lee Mossop
9Joey Lussick
10Gil Dudson
11Josh Jones
12George Griffin
13Greg Burke
14Adam Walker
15Dan Murray
16Tyrone McCarthy
17Pauli Pauli

Last updated 14 Jun 19 21:30:32

📸 The moment Bentley won it!!! 🔴⚪

Saints trailed 18-16 at the break, but despite Evalds and Lui extending Salford’s lead, second half tries from Coote who completed his hat-trick and Makinson brought us back in to it before substitute Bentley won it!

80'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

COOOOOOOOOOOOTE WINS IT converting the two! WHAT A COMEBACK! 🔴⚪

🔴⚪ SAINTS 32-30 DEVILS

80'
Try
James Bentley for Saints

🗣️ I DO NOT BELIEVE ITTTTTTTTT! (We have heard that before….!) Grace comes back on the inside and the ball finds its way to Lomax who feeds Bentley and he crashes over!!!!!!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 30-30 DEVILS

78'

Bentley goes for the line, but is denied, before Saints win another penalty on Salford’s line!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 26-30 DEVILS

76'

Griffin is penalised for a flop and Saints have the penalty in Salford’s half! COYSSSSS!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 26-30 DEVILS

📸 @TommyMak21 celebrates his try!! Can he come up with another moment of magic to win it late on?

🔴⚪ SAINTS 26-30 DEVILS

73'

The West stand is rocking as Saints power forward through Peyroux! But substitute James Bentley’s pass falls just short of Fages who knocks on and Salford survive.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 26-30 DEVILS

69'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooote kicks the touchline conversion this time!! Is this another famous Saints comeback?

🔴⚪ SAINTS 26-30 DEVILS

68'
Try
Tommy Makinson for Saints

GET INNNNN! A short kick fails to pay off for Salford and Coote picks up. The ball finds it’s way out wide and Coooooote puts Tommy Mak through the gap to score out wide!!!!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 24-30 DEVILS

66'

Coote misses the two from the left of the sticks and there is 10 points in it with just less than 14 minutes to go.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 20-30 DEVILS

66'
Try
Lachlan Coote for Saints

A HAT-TRICK for Cooooooote and we are back in this as Fages finds Taia and he palms the ball back to the on-rushing Coote to touch down. Game on.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 20-30 DEVILS

65'

Peyroux powers his way through the Salford line but is brought down by Olpherts before Fages grubber kick forces the Devils in goal. The crowd find their voice. Come on boys!!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-30 DEVILS

62'
Goal
Krisnan Inu for Salford Red Devils

Inu adds the extras.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-30 DEVILS

61'
Try
Robert Lui for Salford Red Devils

From the resulting scrum, the ball is played to Lui who throws a step and beats three Saints defenders to score under the sticks.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-28 DEVILS

60'

Salford are nearly in again through Olpherts as Coote knocks on and the winger picks up, but loses the ball with the line at his mercy!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-24 DEVILS

📸 Joseph Paulo battles away!

55'
Goal
Krisnan Inu for Salford Red Devils

Inu kicks the extras from right in front of the sticks and Saints have work to do!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-24 DEVILS

54'
Try
Niall Evalds for Salford Red Devils

Salford grab the first try of the second half as Lui breaks through the Saints defence and feeds Evalds on the inside for his second.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-22 DEVILS

48'

Saints have a chance to grab the first try of the second half as the ball is switched from left to right and then back to the left, but after initially breaking through the line, Taia knocks on.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-18 DEVILS

45'

Both Saints and our visitors see out their sets in the early stages of this second half.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-18 DEVILS

41'

We are back underway! Come on you Saints! 🔴⚪

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-18 DEVILS

Saints made the perfect start after three tries within 12 minutes through a double from Coote and one from Makinson, but the Devils came roaring back through scores from Dudson, Evalds and Olpherts and we trail.

40'

Zeb Taia breaks through, feeds Lomax who finds Coote, but he is brought down before the line. The ball is then played to the opposite flank, but Swift is unable to finish in the corner.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-18 DEVILS

38'

Saints move the ball from left to right, but Tommy Mak can’t take Fages’ pass and the ball finds touch.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-18 DEVILS

📸 Cooooooote going over for the opening try.

33'
Goal
Krisnan Inu for Salford Red Devils

Inu kicks the two from right in front of the sticks and Salford now lead.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-18 DEVILS

32'
Try
Derrell Olpherts for Salford Red Devils

The ball is kicked high by Lui, Costello knocks it forward and Olpherts grasps the loose ball to power past three Saints defenders to score. It goes upstairs a try is given.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-16 DEVILS

30'

Jack Ashworth is deemed not to have played the ball correctly mind and Salford survive.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-12 DEVILS

29'

Saints win a succession of further penalties on the Salford line and have a chance here to extend our lead…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-12 DEVILS

27'

Lui breaks through the Saints defence, but is just about brought down, before Alex Walmsley pounces on the loose ball and Saints then win a penalty and we kick for touch.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-12 DEVILS

24'
Goal
Krisnan Inu for Salford Red Devils

Inu adds the extras.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-12 DEVILS

23'
Try
Niall Evalds for Salford Red Devils

Niall Evalds scores a length of the field try after Olpherts picks up a Saints grubber kick and feeds Evalds who runs the distance.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-10 DEVILS

22'

NO TRY says James Childs and Coote makes up for his miss-placed kick with a try saving tackle.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-6 DEVILS

21'

Salford could be in again here through Olpherts, but has Coote pulled off a try saving tackle and forced him in touch? The video referee will tell us…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-6 DEVILS

20'

Coote kicks out on the full and Salford have a set of six on half way.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-6 DEVILS

17'
Goal
Krisnan Inu for Salford Red Devils

Krisnan Inu adds the extras and our lead is down to 10.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-6 DEVILS

16'
Try
Gil Dudson for Salford Red Devils

Gill Dudson powers over to the left of the sticks and Salford are back in the game.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-4 DEVILS

15'

Robert Lui has just kicked a 40/20 for Salford and they have field position here…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-0 DEVILS

13'

Coooooote this time is adjudged to have narrowly missed the touchline conversion attempt, but it looked very close with many fans convinced it had crept through the sticks…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-0 DEVILS

12'
Try
Lachlan Coote for Saints

This is a ridiculous start! Fages is involved again as he dummies and flies through a gap in the Devils defence to feed Tommy Mak who powers over two defenders to score in the corner!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-0 DEVILS

10'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote again easily converts his try.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 12-0 DEVILS

9'
Try
Lachlan Coote for Saints

And we are in again!! A lovely chipped kick from Theo Fages finds Cooooooooooote who races through to pick up the ball and touch down for his second of the game!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 10-0 DEVILS

6'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote converts his own try and it’s the perfect start for Saints!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 6-0 DEVILS

5'
Try
Lachlan Coote for Saints

WHAT A RUN from Regan Grace who broke through the line, stepped past three Salford players and fed the supporting Cooooooote on the inside who had the easiest of tasks to stroll under the sticks!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 4-0 Devils

3'

Great defence from Saints forces the turnover as Derrell Olpherts is tackled on the last.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 0-0 DEVILS

2'

Salford have won an early penalty here as Dom Peyroux was penalised for crossing.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 0-0 DEVILS

Salford Red Devils get us underway here at the Totally Wicked Stadium. COYS! 🔴⚪

🔴⚪ SAINTS 0-0 DEVILS