Saints return to Super League with dominant win over Catalan

Impressive Saints kicked off the Betfred Super League restart in commanding fashion after three tries in each half secured a 34-6 victory over Catalans Dragons on an afternoon when James Graham made his return to the club.

Graham started the game after Matty Lees dropped out overnight through illness and he led from the front with an energetic and commanding performance which set the tone for Saints.

It was a frantic, end to end start, with both teams clearly excited to be back playing Super League. Saints in particular looked sharp and opened the scoring through a penalty in the 12th minute after Morgan Knowles was caught off the ball,. Lachlan Coote converted to give Saints a 2-0 lead.

Three minutes later, Coote was involved again, this time scoring the first try of the game. Mark Percival, back in the centres, did brilliantly to keep the ball alive, he found Theo Fages who found Zeb Taia and his pass was brilliantly palmed to Coote who reached for the line to score! Coote was unable to convert, giving Saints a 6-0 lead.

Saints continued to crank up the pressure, and in the 26th minute, the impressive James Bentley, playing in the second row for the injured Dom Peyroux, added a second of the game. Coote kicked a brilliant grubber across the floor, and Bentley raced the defender, beating him to touch down the ball in the far right corner. Coote was unable to add the conversion, leaving the score 10-0 after 28 minutes.

Taia went on to get a try of his own in the 32nd minute, after Jonny Lomax broke down the left and played a short pass to Taia who broke through the line to score. Coote this time converted to give Saints a 16-0 lead after 34 minutes.

Saints started the second half how they ended the first, with Coote grabbing his second try in the 45th minute. Some scintillating offloads between Taia and Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook, found Coote on the inside and he was able to wander through the defence to go over for Saints’ fourth. He added the conversion to his try, giving Saints a 22-0 lead.

Tommy Makinson then got in on the act with an outstanding individual effort; skipping round the Dragons defence. He started on the right touchline, before cutting back inside and going over through a gap in the defence to score. Coote converted to give Saints a 28-0 lead with 53 minutes played.

Catalans got themselves on the score board in the 61st minute, James Maloney finding a rare gap in the Saints defence and strolled in to score under the sticks. He kicked the conversion, leaving the score 28-6 after 62 minutes.

But Alex Walmsley had the final say as he barged over for his third of the season in the 71st minute. The big prop forward powerfully drove through Julien Bousquet to power his way over after Bentley had offloaded to Fages, who found the big man to score. Coote kicked the conversion and  Saints kicked off the Super League restart in impressive fashion.

Match Summary

Saints 13: Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, James Graham, Zeb Taia, James Bentley, Morgan Knowles.

Interchanges: Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Kyle Amor, Aaron Smith, Joe Batchelor.

Tries: Coote (15, 45), Bentley (26), Taia (32), Makinson (53), Walmsley (71)

Goals: Coote (4)

Penalties: Coote (12)

Catalans: Arthur Morgue, Tom Davies, Samisoni Langi, Israel Folau, James Maloney, Josh Drinkwater, Benjamin Garcia, Matt Whitley, Joel Tomkins, Remi Casty, Micky McIlorum, Julian Bousquet.

Interchanges: Sam Moa, Alrix Da Costa, Jason Baiteiri, Sam Kasiano.

Tries: Maloney (62)

Goals: Maloney

Half time: 16-0

Full Time: 34-6

Referee: Ben Thaler

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Catalans Dragons Line up

1Arthur Mourgue
2Tom Davies
3Samisoni Langi
4Israel Folau
5 Fouad Yaha
6James Maloney
7Josh Drinkwater
8Rémi Casty
9Micky McIlorum
10Julian Bousquet
11Matt Whitley
12Joel Tomkins
13Benjamin Garcia
14Sam Moa
15Alrix Da Costa
16Jason Baitieri
17Sam Kasiano

Last updated 19 Sep 20 16:21:41

FT: 🔴⚪ SAINTS 34-6 DRAGONS 🐉

It’s an impressive Saints performance to kick off the @superleague restart with tries from Coote (2), Bentley, Taia, Makinson and Walmsley ensures we come away with two important points!

75'

Makinson so nearly adds to his tally, but can’y gather the ball when free on the right wing after Lomax’s cut-out pass…

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72'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooote adds the extras as we approach the final minutes here at Headingley!

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70'
Try
Alex Walmsley for Saints

Jammer is very vocal out there, directing his team around the park and he will be delighted his prop partner Alex Walmsley floors Julien Bousquet to power his way over!

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62'

Jammer and Taia are back on for LMS and Joe Bacthelor who has got some minutes under his belt this afternoon…

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60'
Try
James Maloney for Catalans Dragons

Catalans do get on the board as James Maloney strolls through a rare gap in the Saints defence. Maloney converts himself.

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58'

Makinson is nearly in again out wide but he is forced into touch after latching onto a ball from Naiqama and the Dragon again survive before winning a penalty…

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Az Smith is on at hooker as the impressive, Roby who has looked back to his best makes way…

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53'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooote extends our lead to 28 points!

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52'
Try
Tommy Makinson for Saints

T MAKKKKK! Another quality try as the ball is fed out wide to Makinson via Coote, he cuts back inside three Dragons tackles to break through the gap and score!

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50'

Kev Naiqama loses the ball in a tackle and Catalans have a chance to claw their way back into the game, but concede a penalty before Bentley wins another for Saints as Coote kicks for touch.

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46'

Taia makes way for a concussion assessment and Knowles is back on as Catalans win a penalty in their own half…

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44'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooote adds the extras to his own try to extend our lead as Taia is down receiving treatment.

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44'
Try
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Quite brilliant again! LMS breaks through, offloads to Lomax and the ball then finds its way to Taia and he eventually feeds the supporting Coooote to score his second!

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43'

Another quick start from the Saints. Percival, who you just know is buzzing to be back, clutches the high ball and offloads but the pass to Fages is forward and the Dragons survive.

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41'

We are back underway! Same again, boys! 💪

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Half-time at Headingley and what an impressive half it was for the Saints as tries from Coote, Bentley and Taia send us in at the break in control!

36'

Fantastic scrambling defence from the Saints keeps the Dragons and two set restarts at bay before Percival clutches the ball out of the air and runs half the length of the pitch himself!

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32'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooooote adds the two from the left of the sticks to extend our lead! It’s a frantic game, but the boys are looking sharp!

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31'
Try
Zeb Taia for Saints

YESSS! We are in again this time Zeb Taia who latches onto a wonderful short ball from Jonny Lomax to fire over!

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📷 Jammer back in the Red Vee! 🤩

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26'

Coote misses the touchline conversion as Jammer, who is having a real battle with Sam Kasiano, is off and Kyle Amor comes on!

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25'
Try
James Bentley for Saints

Bentley taking his chance this afternoon as he wins the race in the corner to touch down a perfectly judged Coote grubber! Get in!!

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23'

Big Al makes way for LMS who is on. 🗣️ Louie best keep his expletives to himself with the Sky Sports microphones in and around… 👀

📸 Cooooooooooote! 👏👏👏👏

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16'

Coote misses the kick from out left, but its an impressive start from the boys!

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15'
Try
Lachlan Coote for Saints

WHAT A TRY! Percival does brilliantly to keep the ball alive, the ball finds its way to Fages and who finds Ta’ai his pass is brilliantly palmed to Coote who reaches over to score!

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12'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooote makes no mistake and fires us into an early lead here at Headingley!

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11'

We win our first set-restart before a penalty for a shoulder charge on James Graham and Coote looks as though he will take the two here in front of the sticks.

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6'

Josh Drinkwater breaks through the Saints line, but Coooote is there to save the day taking him down low before the Dragons kick runs dead.

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5'

Percival does brilliant to force the Dragons winger into touch and we come away with it. Both teams looking sharp early doors!

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4'

Catalans win the penalty after the first set restart sounded by a ‘buzzer’ in the Stadium. Time to defend here boys!

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A great driving run from James Roby sets up the attack before the ball finds its way to Theo Fages and his high kick is so nearly clawed out of the air by Tommy Makinson, but the Catalans player comes away with it…

A pretty even start here at Headingley with both sides exchanging sets early and both defences standing firm.

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The wait is OVER! @SuperLeague is BACK as Lachlan Coote gets us underway at Emerald Headingley! COYS! 🔴⚪

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