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SAINTS FALL SHORT AT WEMBLEY

Saints left Wembley empty handed after Warrington prevailed 18-4 in the Coral Challenge Cup Final.

Inside an electric Wembley Stadium on a red-hot cup final day it was Saints who started the better of the two teams and were unfortunate not to lead after Morgan Knowles seemed to touch the ball down only for referee Robert Hicks to deem the ball had ran dead. Replays had shown the try could have been given.

Saints continued to put Warrington under pressure forcing repeat sets with Lachlan Coote chasing his own kick and tackling Mike Cooper in his in goal area. From the resulting set Jonny Lomax found Zeb Taia with an offload and he went for the line, but the video referee deemed he had knocked on before Mark Percival touched down.

Warrington then hit Saints with the sucker punch, taking the lead with the next play through Joe Philbin as the forward took a short ball and raced clear to open the scoring. Ratchford added the extras.

Warrington extended their lead with Jack Hughes finding Ben Murdoch-Masila with a short ball and he crashed over from close range. Ratchford kicking the conversion giving Warrington a 12-0 lead at the break.

The second half started at a frantic pace with both sides having tries chalked off by the video referee. First Tom Lineham was denied as he scooted from dummy half, but via the leg of Ratchford. Obstruction was the call.

Then Saints thought we were back in the game as the ball found its way out wide to Tommy Makinson, but an excellent tackle from Bryson Goodwin meant our flying winger lost the ball before he could touch down.

Saints continued to press with both sets of defences standing firm and the battle was clearly through the middle. Saints went close again with Fages making the break and running forty metres before the ball found it’s way out wide to Joseph Paulo and his grubber kick was collected by Ben Currie who found the gap. It took an excellent try saving tackle from Fages to stop Currie from going the length of the field.

But Saints got the opening try of the second half through Fages who was at the heart of it again. Dec Patton’s kick went out on the full and that gave Saints excellent field position. The ball was fed out wide to Fages and he jinked his way over. Coote was unable to add the extras.

Saints continued to push forward, but great defence from Warrington coupled with errors from the Saints meant the game was running away from Justin Holbrook’s men.

And late on, Daryl Clark scooted from dummy half to confirm the victory before Patton added the extras meaning it was Warrington who took home this year’s Coral Challenge Cup.

Saints will now look to bounce back in the Super League Playoffs.

Match Summary:

Saints: Coote, Grace, Pericval, Naiqama, Makinson, Fages, Lomax, Walmsley, Roby, Thompson, Taia, Peyroux, Knowles.

Interchanges: Paulo, LMS, Amor, Ashworth.

Tries: Fages (57)

Goals: Coote (0 from 1)

Warrington Wolves: Ratchford, Lineham, Goodwin, King, Charnley, Currie, Patton, Hill, Clark, Cooper, Murdoch-Masila, Hughes, J.Clark.

Interchanges: Akauola, Philbin, Davis, Mamo.

Tries: Philbin (25), Murdoch-Masila (33), Clark (71).

Goals: Ratchford (2 from 2), Patton (1 from 1).

HT: 0-12

FT: 4-18

REF: R.Hicks

ATT: 62,770

Warrington Wolves Line up

1Stefan Ratchford
2Tom Lineham
3Bryson Goodwin
4Toby King
5Josh Charnley
6Ben Currie
7Declan Patton
8Chris Hill
9Daryl Clark
10Mike Cooper
11Ben Murdoch-Masila
12Jack Hughes
13Jason Clark
14Sitaleki Akauola
15Joe Philbin
16 Matt Davis
17Jake Mamo

Last updated 24 Aug 19 17:00:25

FT: 🔴⚪ Saints 4-18 Wolves 🐺

It’s all over at Wembley and Saints lose out. Fages did pull a try back, but Clark’s late try means it’s Warrington who take home the Coral Challenge Cup.

78'

The ball is thrown quickly to the right, but Grace loses the ball when going for the line.

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75'

Percival’s kick goes out on the full as the Saints try their best to make something happen in the final few minutes.

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72'
Goal
Declan Patton for Warrington Wolves

Patton kicks the extras.

🔴⚪ Saints 4-18 Wolves 🐺

71'
Try
Daryl Clark for Warrington Wolves

Daryl Clark scoots from dummy half to score.

🔴⚪ Saints 4-16 Wolves 🐺

70'

Patton’s grubber kick is knocked on by Fages and we must defend our own line here…

🔴⚪ Saints 4-12 Wolves 🐺

69'

A high kick from Patton is taken by Charnley on the far side, but he his tackled on the last before Coote knocks on and Warrington will get the ball back.

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📸 @TFages celebrates his try as Saints find a way back into this game!

57'

Coote misses the two, but we are back in the game. Come on boys!

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57'
Try
Theo Fages for Saints

THEOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Get in there!!!!!! The Saints fans erupt as Fages picks up Roby’s pass and jinxes his way over! GAME ON!

🔴⚪ Saints 4-12 Wolves 🐺

56'

It’s brilliant defence from the Saints who are flying into tackles and look to have that physical edge in this second half. The Saints fans find their voice as Patton kick goes out on the full!

🔴⚪ Saints 0-12 Wolves 🐺

53'

It’s Warrington’s turn to defend and they this time force the turnover. This second half is a battle of the defences!

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52'

Great defence from the Saints force the turnover as Rashford is tackled on the last by Lomax. Saints then win the penalty! Come on, boys!

🔴⚪ Saints 0-12 Wolves 🐺

51'

Clark bursts through the Saints line and his kick over the top is knocked on by Grace in his in-goal area and Warrington will pick up Saints’ goal-line drop out.

🔴⚪ Saints 0-12 Wolves 🐺

50'

The Saints are starting to play now as Big Al comes back on the field, but Knowles is trapped on the last and Wire force the turnover.

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48'

Fages breaks through the Wire line and the play results in Jo Paulo’s grubber being picked up by Currie who drives forward himself and Fages is there again to deny him a clean run through!

🔴⚪ Saints 0-12 Wolves 🐺

46'

The ball finds Makinson out wide and he goes for the line but Goodwin puts in a try saving tackle to deny our flying winger in the corner.

🔴⚪ Saints 0-12 Wolves 🐺

45'

Fages’ high bomb is knocked on by a Warrington player and Saints have six more on the Wolves’ line. Can we make it count?

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44'

Tom Lineham scoots from dummy half, but the video referee deems that he drove into his own man so obstruction is the call and Saints have the penalty.

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42'

An early error from Knowles means Warrington have the scrum in our half.

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41'

The second half is back underway here at Wembley! COYS!

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HT: 🔴⚪ Saints 0-12 Wolves 🐺

We trail at the break after Knowles and Percival were denied tries, before Warrington scored two in quick succession through Philbin and Murdoch-Masila. Work to do in the second half!

39'

The ball is thrown to the left, but Coote’s grubber deflects out and Warrington survive.

🔴⚪ Saints 0-12 Wolves 🐺

38'

Saints win a penalty in the Warrington 10. We have a chance to hit back here right before the break!

🔴⚪ Saints 0-12 Wolves 🐺

📸 Roby battles with Chris Hill in the middle of the park.

35'
Goal
Stefan Ratchford for Warrington Wolves

Ratchford kicks the extras.

🔴⚪ Saints 0-12 Wolves 🐺

33'
Try
Ben Murdoch-Masila for Warrington Wolves

Ben Murdoch-Masila latches on to Hughes’ short ball to power over.

🔴⚪ Saints 0-10 Wolves 🐺

33'

Ratchford’s high kick is dropped by Coote on his own line and Warrington have a set in the Saints 10.

🔴⚪ Saints 0-6 Wolves 🐺

31'

Saints win a penalty after Warrington are penalised for offside, but Taia’s pass to Percival is deemed forward.

🔴⚪ Saints 0-6 Wolves 🐺

30'

Warrington win a penalty, kick for touch and Roby saves a certain try as he wraps up fellow hooker Daryl Clark before he can reach for the line!

🔴⚪ Saints 0-6 Wolves 🐺

27'
Goal
Stefan Ratchford for Warrington Wolves

Ratchford kicks the extras.

🔴⚪ Saints 0-6 Wolves 🐺

26'
Try
Joe Philbin for Warrington Wolves

After being denied at one end and against the run of play, Warrington score as Joe Philbin picks up a short ball and races clear to score next to the sticks.

🔴⚪ Saints 0-4 Wolves 🐺

24'

We have gone upstairs here! Lomax’s offload finds Zeb Taia who goes for the line, but Murdoch-Masila rips the ball out and Percy is there to ground the ball. The video referee gives no try.

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Wolves 🐺

23'

Coote’s grubber through is chased down by our full back himself and he traps Mike Cooper in goal and we will come again!

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Wolves 🐺

21'

LMS, back in London, is on as Big Al makes way! Come on Louie!

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Wolves 🐺

19'

The big screens here at Wembley have just shown the Knowles incident earlier in the game and it looks like our number 15 touched the ball down before it ran dead. We can count ourselves unlucky not to be leading.

19'

Defend is what we do as Coote does brilliantly to tap Dec Patton’s grubber dead and the goal line drop out results in Luke Thompson forcing Jason Clark to knock on!

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Wolves 🐺

18'

Warrington come forward and the set results in Percival knocking on the high Ratchford kick and the Wolves had a set on Saints 10. Time to defend, boys!

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15'

Both sides exchange sets, before again Saints come close, but Regan Grace is held up short of the line and it’s a turnover on the last. The pressure is building….

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Wolves 🐺

11'

Fages’ kick through is kicked into touch by Ratchford, but Warrington win a penalty in the build up and will restart with the ball on half way.

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10'

Makinson is on fire early on in this game as yet again he grasps a high Warrington kick and powers forward to launch the Saints attack!

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8'

Unfortunately for the Red V, the play comes to nothing as Alex Walmsley knocks on and Warrington survive.

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7'

Another strong set from the Saints results in Coote’s high kick being caught by Josh Charnley, but he is grounded in goal and Saints will come again! COYS!

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Wolves 🐺

5'

The ball finds it’s way to Tommy Makinson out wide and he makes a break before Theo Fages’ kick over the top is nearly grounded by Morgan Knowles, but the ball just runs dead.

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Wolves 🐺

2'

A good first set from the Saints as Lachlan Coote’s high bomb is taken by Stefan Ratchford, playing at full back for Warrington. The atmosphere is electric!

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We are off and underway here at Wembley in the Coral Challenge Cup Final! COYS!! 🔴⚪

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Wolves 🐺

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