Saints dispatch Catalans to reach second consecutive Grand Final!

Saints booked our place in a second consecutive Grand Final after an impressive eight try victory over Catalans Dragons at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Kevin Naiqama stole the headlines with a hat-trick and the victory means we will face Wigan Warriors in the Grand Final next Friday at Hull’s KCOM Stadium.

It was a ferocious game which saw Catalans take a narrow early lead. James Maloney intercepted an offload and Alex Walmsley was penalised for a high tackle, before Maloney kicked the Dragons into a 2-0 lead after five minutes.

Maloney was then given a yellow card for a high tackle around the neck of Regan Grace on 12 minutes. Saints capitalised instantly; James Roby dropped the shoulder and went for the line, before unselfishly offloading to Lachlan Coote who went over to score. He converted his own try, giving Saints a 6-2 lead after 15 minutes.

Catalan were then penalised for failing to get set for the restart five minutes later, and Coote added two more with a penalty, making it 8-2.

Saints scored again in the 31st minute through Kevin Naiqama on the back of a penalty in their own half, which ultimately lead to a quick break with Tommy Makinson feeding the ball to his Fijian centre who went over to score. Coote added the extras, extending the lead to 14-2.

Naiqama got his second two minutes into the second half after Coote produced a brilliant kick on the deck off balance after some great initiative seeing the opposition full back out of position. Makinson kicked on further and Naiqama went over to make it 18-2. Coote hit the post with the conversion, meaning the score remained the same.

Coote went over for his second in the 51st minute after more good play by Saints. Jonny Lomax finding Zeb Taia who brilliantly tapped the ball back to our full back who went over unchallenged. He added his own conversion, making it 24-2 with 52 minutes on the clock.

Lomax extended the lead himself in the 55th minute after a great offload by Coote to find youngster Jack Welsby. He found the supporting Lomax who strolled in. Coote kicked the conversion, leaving the score at 30-2.

James Bentley got on the score board in the 65th minute, Roby once again the orchestrator moving between the challenges before offloading to Bentley to score on the back of a yellow card for the Dragons. Coote added the extras, making it 36-2.

Naiqama then got his hat-trick on 70 minutes with a length of the field run after intercepting a wayward pass. The flying Fijian showed great pace to go the full length of the field to get his third. Coote converted, topping up the score and making it 42-2.

Grace followed on from his teammate in the 74th minute, collecting a long kick into the corner before running the length of the pitch to score Saints’ eighth of the match, which Coote converted to make it 48-2 and Saints were off to another Grand Final!

Match summary:

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

Interchanges: Dominique Peyroux, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Matty Lees, Kyle Amor.

Tries: Coote (14, 51), Naiqama (31, 42, 70), Lomax (55), Bentley (65), Grace (74).

Goals: Coote (8)

Catalan 13: Sam Tomkins, David Mead, Samisoni Langi, Israel Folau, Tom Davies, James Maloney, Josh Drinkwater, Remi Casty, Matt Whitley, Benjamin Garcia, Sam Moa, Alrix Da Costa, Julian Bousquet.

Interchanges: Mickael Simon, Paul Seguier, Jason Baitieri, Sam Kasiano.

Penalties: Maloney (5)

Half time: 14-2

Full time: 48-2

Referee: Ben Thaler

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Catalans Dragons Line up

1Sam Tomkins
2David Mead
3Samisoni Langi
4Israel Folau
5Tom Davies
6James Maloney
7Josh Drinkwater
8Rémi Casty
9Matt Whitley
10Benjamin Garcia
11Sam Moa
12Alrix Da Costa
13Julian Bousquet
14Mickael Simon
15Paul Seguier
16Jason Baitieri
17Sam Kasiano

Last updated 30 Apr 21 20:02:06

FT: 🔴⚪ Saints 48-2 Catalans 🐉

WHAT A PERFORMANCE! WE ARE OFF TO THE @superleague GRAND FINAL…AGAIN! 🔥🔥🔥🔥

76'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooote adds the two!

🔴⚪ Saints 48-2 Catalans 🐉

75'
Try
Regan Grace for Saints

REGAN gets in on the act as he races the length to score! Grand Final here we come!

🔴⚪ Saints 46-2 Catalans 🐉

71'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote adds the extras as we head into the final 10 minutes!

🔴⚪ Saints 42-2 Catalans 🐉

70'
Try
Kevin Naiqama for Saints

HAT-TRICK HERO! Kevvy intercepts and races the length of the field to top a brilliant performance!

🔴⚪ Saints 40-2 Catalans 🐉

67'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote adds the two! 13 minutes to go…

🔴⚪ Saints 36-2 Catalans 🐉

66'
Try
James Bentley for Saints

THAT WILL DO IT! Roby again the magic man with a brilliant scurry from dummy half and he feeds the supporting Bentley who goes over!

🔴⚪ Saints 34-2 Catalans 🐉

65'
Yellow Card
Benjamin Garcia for Catalans Dragons

Catalans losing their heads a little here, Garcia the latest to leave a bit on Lomax late on the floor an is sent to the bin.

🔴⚪ Saints 30-2 Catalans 🐉

58'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote brings up the 30 points for Saints!

🔴⚪ Saints 30-2 Catalans 🐉

57'
Try
Jonny Lomax for Saints

YESSSSS!!! A brilliant offload from Cooote finds Welsby who does similar to the supporting, Jonny Lomaxxxxx who goes over! We can taste it now…

🔴⚪ Saints 28-2 Catalans 🐉

53'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooote adds the two to extend our lead…

🔴⚪ Saints 24-2 Catalans 🐉

52'
Try
Lachlan Coote for Saints

ZEBBBBBY STOP IT! The ball is fed down to the left and Taia lays it on a plate for the supporting Coooote with a delightful pat of the ball into our full backs hands!

🔴⚪ Saints 22-2 Catalans 🐉

50'

Catalans with a big chance to get back into this one, but the pass goes forward with Davies in acres of space out wide…

🔴⚪ Saints 18-2 Catalans 🐉

44'

Coooooote is unlucky as his touchline kick strikes the post and comes back out!

🔴⚪ Saints 18-2 Catalans 🐉

42'
Try
Kevin Naiqama for Saints

WHAT A START TO THE SECOND HALF! Naiqama grabs his second of the game going over in the corner just two minutes after the restart!

🔴⚪ Saints 18-2 Catalans 🐉

41'

We are back underway in the second half! COYS! 🔴⚪

🔴⚪ Saints 14-2 Catalans 🐉

HT: 🔴⚪ Saints 14-2 Catalans 🐉

We lead at the break after tries from Cooote and Naiqama in a feisty old game! Half way there, boys…🤞

#COYS

38'

James Graham and LMS have both failed their head assessment tests and we sadly won’t be seeing either of the for the remainder of this game…

🔴⚪ Saints 14-2 Catalans 🐉

33'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooote adds the two to extend our lead to 12!

🔴⚪ Saints 14-2 Catalans 🐉

32'
Try
Kevin Naiqama for Saints

KEVVVVVVVY! Naiqama makes the break, feeds Makinson and he returns the favour as our Fijian centre goes over! Get in!

🔴⚪ Saints 12-2 Catalans 🐉

30'

LMS has just come on for Big Al, but he’s immediately off for a head check after taking a bang following a collision with a Catalans player. Jammer has also made way for a head check.

🔴⚪ Saints 8-2 Catalans 🐉

📸 How good is it to have the BIG man back? 💪

#COYS

25'

But this time we can’t make it count as Theo Fages loses the ball under pressure.

🔴⚪ Saints 8-2 Catalans 🐉

24'

Lomax forces a goal-line drop out after a nicely judged kick over the top as Maloney comes back on for the Dragons.

Matty Lees is on for Jammer…

🔴⚪ Saints 8-2 Catalans 🐉

23'

We get the ball back again after Catalans knock on in their own half! Can we capitalise again?

🔴⚪ Saints 8-2 Catalans 🐉

20'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Saints now win a penalty after Catalans bizarrely fail to get set for the restart! Coooote says thank you very much and extends our lead!

🔴⚪ Saints 8-2 Catalans 🐉

📸 Cooooooote does the job!

#COYS

15'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote adds the two to his own conversion and we take the lead!

🔴⚪ Saints 6-2 Catalans 🐉

15'
Try
Lachlan Coote for Saints

GET INNN! James Roby takes full advantage as he throws a quick dummy and offloads to Cooooote who goes over!

🔴⚪ Saints 4-2 Catalans 🐉

12'
Yellow Card
James Maloney for Catalans Dragons

Another high shot – this time on Grace – and James Maloney is rightly sent to the bin.

🔴⚪ Saints 0-2 Catalans 🐉

10'

Saints win consecutive penalties this time – the latter following a high shot on James Bentley. Coooote kicks for touch and we have a chance to respond here with a set in the Dragons half!

🔴⚪ Saints 0-2 Catalans 🐉

6'
Goal
James Maloney for Catalans Dragons

James Maloney opts to go for the two and kicks it.

🔴⚪ Saints 0-2 Catalans 🐉

5'

Catalans win an early penalty after a high shot from Alex Walmsley. Time to defend, boys!

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Catalans 🐉

1'

Here we go! We are off and underway! COYS! 🔴⚪

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Catalans 🐉

One final appearance at the home of the Saints for this man! Kick off is next!

Can we send the big man off on a high? Let’s hope so!

The boys will be out for warm ups next…

If you missed it on our social media channels earlier, this is how we will line up…

James Graham, Dom Peyroux and Zeb Taia will make their final appearance at the home of the Saints this evening!

Hello and welcome to the Totally Wicked Stadium for our Betfred Super League Semi Final where we will face Catalans for a place in the Grand Final next week!