Saints made it three wins from three over second placed Warrington after an impressive 30-12 victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium as Justin Holbrook’s side warmed up for our Wembley rematch in perfect fashion.

Warrington took the lead through Jake Mamo before a swift reply from saints through Kevin Naiqama leveled matters. Warrington regained the lead through debutant Josh Thewlis, but yet again Saints replied within minutes through a solo try from Jonny Lomax.

Saints got off to a flyer in the second half with Joseph Paulo scoring his first try in the red vee followed quickly by a try from centre Matty Costello before a Tommy Makinson special wrapped up victory.

It was Warrington who got off to a flyer with a Saints knock on giving them excellent field position. On the next set, the ball was switched from left to right and a cut out pass from Ratchford fed Mamo who finished in the corner. Ratchford was unable to add the extras.

Saints were not behind for long though as strong defence from Matty Lees and Dom Peyroux forced the knock on from ex-saints Matty Smith who was making his Wire debut. A strong carry from Luke Thompson caused mayhem in the Warrington defence and on the next tackle the ball went out wide to Richardson who fed Man of the match, Jack Welsby and he put Naiqama over to score. Richardson added the two.

Warrington regained the lead through debutant Thewlis. Ratchford again providing the cut out pass to the winger who put the Wire back in front.

Saints responded instantly through Lomax. Riley Dean’s kick went out on the full and from the scrum the ball found Lomax and he ran straight through the gap to score. Richardson added the extras.

The first half ended with Ratchford converting a penalty after Saints were penalised for offside.

Saints and Regan Grace started the second half on the front foot as our Welsh wizard Grace made a typical jinxing break. Welsby’s delicate kick forced the goal line drop out which resulted in Kyle Amor step past the Warrington defence to run 40 metres before feeding Paulo on his inside to score his first Saints try. He was naturally engulfed by his Saints teammates.

Warrington then won a penalty after Ashworth was penalised for a late tackle. Warrington opted to take the two and Ratchford converted in front of the posts.

Saints were in again after a flowing move down the left hand side resulted in Richarson finding the ever-improving Welsby and he fed Costello who dummied and touched down in the corner. Richardson converted brilliantly off the touchline.

Saints were in full flight and on the very next set went 100 metres to score with Lomax and Welsby involved and the latter put Makinson in at the corner to score a spectacular try. Richardson converted keeping his goal kicking perfect on the night as Saints geared up for our Wembley re-match in perfect fashion.

Match Summary

Warrington Wolves: Ratchford, Mamo, Thewlis, Burrell, Goodwin, Dean, Smith, Hill, Walker, Akauloa, Currie, Livett, Westwood.

Interchanges: Murdoch-Masila, Tasi, Davis, Johnson.

Tries: Mamo (3), Thewlis (25).

Goals: Ratchford ( 0 from 2).

Penalties: Ratchford ( 2 from 2).

St Helens: Welsby, Makinson, Naiqama, Costello, Grace, Lomax, Richardson, Thompson, Smith, Lees, Taia, Peyroux, LMS.

Interchanges: Paulo, Amor, Ashworth, Bentley.

Tries: Naiqama (11), Lomax (28), Paulo ( 46), Costello ( 63), Makinson ( 67).

Goals: Richardson ( 5 from 5).

Referee: Ben Thaler

HT: 10-12

FT: 12-30

ATT: 10,994

Saints Line up

1 Jack Welsby
2 Tommy Makinson
3 Kevin Naiqama
21 Matthew Costello
5 Regan Grace
6 Jonny Lomax
7 Danny Richardson
10 Matty Lees
19 Aaron Smith
10 Luke Thompson
11 Zeb Taia
12 Dominique Peyroux
15 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
18 Joseph Paulo
18 Kyle Amor
17 Jack Ashworth
12 James Bentley

Warrington Wolves Line up

1Stefan Ratchford
2Josh Thewlis
3Bryson Goodwin
4Luther Burrell
5Jake Mamo
6Riley Dean
7Matty Smith
8Chris Hill
9Danny Walker
10Sitaleki Akauola
11Ben Currie
12Harvey Livett
13Ben Westwood
14Ben Murdoch-Masila
15Matt Davis
16Lama Tasi
17Luis Johnson

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FT: ? Wolves 12-30 Saints ?⚪

An impressive second half from the Saints sees a first try in the Red V for Jo Paulo as well as scores from Matty Costello and a wonderful Tommy Makinson flying finish wrapped it up!


Smith’s grubber kick through is pounced upon by Amor but the video replay shows him lose his footing at the last minute and Wire survive as we approach full time.

? Wolves 12-30 Saints ?⚪


Bentley hits big Chris Hill hard in the tackle before brilliant defence from Saints force Livett to lose the ball with the try line begging.

? Wolves 12-30 Saints ?⚪


After kicking the two, Richardson’s 40/20 attempt goes out on the full, but Bentley then forces a Wire player to knock on to relieve the pressure.

? Wolves 12-30 Saints ?⚪

Danny Richardson for Saints

Richardson again nails the touchline kick to bring up the 30 points!

? Wolves 12-30 Saints ?⚪

Tommy Makinson for Saints

Makinson with a worldy finish!! Smith is held up on the line and from the resulting play Welsby’s cut-out pass finds Tommy who flies over in typical Makinson fashion!!

? Wolves 12-28 Saints ?⚪

Danny Richardson for Saints

Richardson nails the touchline conversion attempt!

? Wolves 12-24 Saints ?⚪

Matthew Costello for Saints

Cozzzy!!! Richardson feeds the excellent Welsby who finds Costello who dummies and forces his way over in the corner.

? Wolves 12-22 Saints ?⚪


Richardson’s high bomb is plucked out of the air by Naiqama who offloads to Smith, but he is trapped on the last before he can kick and Warrington survive.

? Wolves 12-18 Saints ?⚪


Murdoch-Masila powers his way through before Ratchford is penalised for a forward pass.

? Wolves 12-18 Saints ?⚪

Stefan Ratchford for Warrington Wolves

Warrington win a penalty and opt to take the two which Ratchford converts. Our lead is now one converted try.

? Wolves 12-18 Saints ?⚪

? Absolute scenessss when @sefapaulo scores his first Saints try! ?


Commentators curse! The ball slips out of Amor’s hand as he knocks on and Warrington have the scrum in Saints’ half.

? Wolves 10-18 Saints ?⚪

Danny Richardson for Saints

Richardson extends our lead!

? Wolves 10-18 Saints ?⚪

Joseph Paulo for Saints

It’s only JO PAULO with the TRY!! Kyle Amor breaks through and feeds the supporting Paulo on his inside who touched down easily before he is engulfed by his Saints teammates!

? Wolves 10-16 Saints ?⚪


A quite brilliant Regan Grace jinking run saw the flying winger make 40 meters before Welsby’s grubber kick forces the drop out.

? Wolves 10-12 Saints ?⚪


We are off again here in Warrington. COYS! ?⚪

? Wolves 10-12 Saints ?⚪

HT: ? Wolves 10-12 Saints ?⚪

Saints take a narrow lead into the break after tries from Naiqama and Lomax. Mamo and Thewlis for the Wire in a fierce first half here at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Stefan Ratchford for Warrington Wolves

Ratchford kicks the two on the hooter.

? Wolves 10-12 Saints ?⚪


Richardson concedes a penalty for ball steal and again Warrington have a chance. The play results in Hill offloading on the line before we are penalised for offside and Wire will take the two.

? Wolves 8-12 Saints ?⚪


Smith’s high kick is knocked forward by Grace under a challenge from Mamo and Warrington have a late first half chance before Bentley intercepts a Wire offload.

? Wolves 8-12 Saints ?⚪

? The moment Naiqama opened Saints’ account for the night!

Danny Richardson for Saints

Richardson converts!

? Wolves 8-12 Saints ?⚪

Jonny Lomax for Saints

We respond instantly through Lomax! Riley Dean’s kick went out on the full and from the scrum the ball found Lomax and he ran straight through the gap to score!

? Wolves 8-10 Saints ?⚪


Ratchford again misses the touchline conversion attempt. James Bentley is on for Smith for Saints.

? Wolves 8-6 Saints ?⚪

Josh Thewlis for Warrington Wolves

Tommy Makinson knocks on in our own half and Warrington work the ball to the left and young Josh Thewlis goes over in the corner.

? Wolves 8-6 Saints ?⚪


Lees is again involved and he forces Livett to lose the ball in the tackle this time. Young hooker Danny Walker looks like he has injured his ankle in the aftermath.

? Wolves 4-6 Saints ?⚪


Richardson’s kick is caught by Harvey Livett before Warrington win a penalty and survive. Time for Saints to defend…

? Wolves 4-6 Saints ?⚪


A great run from Smith gains position and we win a penalty on the Wire line. A chance to extend our lead here!

? Wolves 4-6 Saints ?⚪


We have a stoppage in play as Ben Currie is down after he collided with Richardson’s shoulder when catching our half back late. Ben Murdoch-Masila is on in his place.

? Wolves 4-6 Saints ?⚪

Danny Richardson for Saints

Richardson kicks the extras and we lead!

? Wolves 4-6 Saints ?⚪

Kevin Naiqama for Saints

KEVVVVY! Luke Thompson drives forward to gain meters before Richardson finds Jack Welsby and he feeds Naiqama who breaks through the gap to score under the sticks!

? Wolves 4-4 Saints ?⚪


A clever grubber from Richardson forces a goal-line drop out. COYS! ?⚪

? Wolves 4-0 Saints ?⚪


Matty Lees hits Westwood hard before Matty Smith is clattered by Dom Peyroux and the former Saint loses the ball and Saints have it back! It’s getting feisty!

? Wolves 4-0 Saints ?⚪


Matty Lees wins a penalty from Ben Westwood before he is then hit hard by Sitaleki Akauola and says too much to referee Ben Thaler who awards Wire the penalty.

? Wolves 4-0 Saints ?⚪


Aaron Smith forces Chris Hill to knock on in the tackle and we have a chance to hit straight back here with the scrum in Warrington’s half.

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Stefan Ratchford misses the touchline conversion attempt.

? Wolves 4-0 Saints ?⚪

Jake Mamo for Warrington Wolves

The ball is played from left to right and Jake Mamo goes over in the corner for the hosts.

? Wolves 4-0 Saints ?⚪


An early knock on by Regan Grace means Warrington have the scrum in Saints half, although it did look like the Wire player lost the ball in the earlier tackle.

? Wolves 0-0 Saints ?⚪

Danny Richardson kicks us off here at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. COYS! ?⚪

? Wolves 0-0 Saints ?⚪

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