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FAGES DROP GOAL WINS IT IN GOLDEN POINT FOR SAINTS

Theo Fages kicked the winning drop goal for Saints in Extra Time Golden Point on his return from injury, after a thrilling 21-20 victory against a resilient Hull KR side at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Saints started aggressively as we had the week previous, dominating possession and completing a number of successive sets. We were rewarded for the positive start in the eighth minute as Lachlan Coote kicked a penalty, giving Saints a 2-0 lead.

Despite a relentless first 25 minutes from Saints, it was Hull KR who got the first try of the game. Dean Hadley went over after some good play by Abdull on the left. Will Dagger added the extras, leaving the score 2-6 to the visitors.

Saints were at times wasteful in attack, but got a deserved try in the 34th minute. Some nice play from Jonny Lomax opened up space on the left and Regan Grace dived to touch down in the corner. Coote kicked a brilliant conversion to give Saints an 8-6 lead going into half time.

Saints burst out of the blocks in the second half, but with much more efficiency; Coote with a great cut-out pass out wide to Jack Welsby who ran onto the ball, before diving to score in the corner. Coote kicked another wonderful conversion from the touchline to give Saints a 14-6 lead after 43 minutes.

Welsby looked to have scored again five minutes later, but referee Jack Smith ruled out the try deeming, Lomax’ pass forward.

Rovers bounced back in the 52nd minute; a high kick into the corner was fumbled by Grace and Shaun Kenny-Dowall reacted first to touch down. Dagger added the extras to bring the score to 14-12.

Walmsley increased Saints’ lead once again, latching onto a short ball from Aaron Smith and twisted away from four challengers to power his way over to score his fifth try in six games and eighth of the season. Coote scored the extras to give Saints an eight point lead.

Rovers refused to be beaten, and went over for their third of the game in the 74th minute, as Kenny-Dowell’s pass over the top found Ethan Ryan who touched down in the corner. Dagger kicked the conversion to bring the score down to just two points – 20-18 with five minutes to go.

Kevin Naiqama was then shown a yellow for a high tackle and Rovers took the penalty, which Dagger kicked with 90 seconds to go and we were into Golden Point!

Coote thought he had won it two minutes in to extra time, but his effort went narrowly wide. However Theo Fages made no mistake three minutes later with a close range drop goal to give Saints a dramatic 21-20 victory.

Match Summary

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

Interchanges: Dominic Peyroux, Matty Lees, Kyle Amor, Aaron Smith.

Tries: Grace (34), Coote (42), Walmsley (60)

Goals: Coote (3)

Penalties: Coote (8)

Drop goal: Fages (80+5)

Hull KR: Will Dagger, Ethan Ryan, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Kane Linnett, Greg Minikin, Jordan Abdull, Mikey Lewis, Weller Hauraki, Jez Litten, George Lawler, Matthew Storton, Dean Hadley, Elliot Minchella.

Interchanges: Matt Parcell, Daniel Murray, Mitch Garbutt, Nathaniel Peteru.

Tries: Hadley (25), Kenny-Dowall (52)

Goals: Dagger (2)

Penalties: Dagger (78)

Half time: 8-6

Full Time: 21-20

Referee: Jack Smith

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Saints Line up

1 Lachlan Coote
2 Jack Welsby
3 Kevin Naiqama
4 Josh Simm
5 Regan Grace
6 Jonny Lomax
7 Theo Fages
8 Alex Walmsley
9 James Roby
10 James Graham
11 Zeb Taia
12 James Bentley
13 Morgan Knowles
14 Dominique Peyroux
15 Matty Lees
16 Kyle Amor
17 Aaron Smith

Hull KR Line up

1Will Dagger
2Ethan Ryan
3Shaun Kenny-Dowall
4Kane Linnett
5Greg Minikin
6Jordan Abdull
7Mikey Lewis
8Weller Hauraki
9Jez Litten
10George Lawler
11Matty Storton
12Dean Hadley
13Elliot Minchella
14Matt Parcell
15Dan Murray
16Mitch Garbutt
17Nathaniel Peteru

Last updated 30 Apr 21 20:02:06

FT: 🔴⚪ SAINTS 21-20 HULL KR 🔵🔴

Theo Fages drop goal in Golden Point wins it for Saints as we make it six from six since the restart…..Just! 😅

85'
Drop Goal
Theo Fages for Saints

THEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 21-20 HULL KR 🔵🔴

84'

Abdull is trapped on the last before he can get his kick away and now it’s Saints turn to attack!

How are the nails?

🔴⚪ SAINTS 20-20 HULL KR 🔵🔴

84'

Cooooote goes for it…but the referee deems it drifted just wide of the sticks…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 20-20 HULL KR 🔵🔴

83'

Hull KR won the toss and have the first attack, but the ball finds touch in the Saints half and we will have a set on half way…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 20-20 HULL KR 🔵🔴

80'

Golden Point it is!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 20-20 HULL KR 🔵🔴

79'
Goal
Will Dagger for Hull KR

Dagger kicks it and it’s all square…Less than a minute left.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 20-20 HULL KR 🔵🔴

78'
Yellow Card
Kevin Naiqama for Saints

Naiqama catches Linnett high and is sent to the bin. Hull KR will go for the two here from the left, with just over a minute to go…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 20-18 HULL KR 🔵🔴

78'

Great defence from Saints sees Lomax drop on the ball, but he is trapped in goal and we will need to defend again as Cooote kicks the goal-line drop out…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 20-18 HULL KR 🔵🔴

77'

Welsby knocks on and Hull KR have a chance to win it late on with a set in the Saints half…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 20-18 HULL KR 🔵🔴

76'
Goal
Will Dagger for Hull KR

Dagger kicks the extras from the touchline and our lead is down to two.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 20-18 HULL KR 🔵🔴

75'
Try
Ethan Ryan for Hull KR

Ethan Ryan scores in the corner as the ball is moved from left to right. We are all set up for a nerve-racking ending…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 20-16 HULL KR 🔵🔴

73'

Graham knocks on, when it looked like there were a few hands in the play-the-ball and the Rovers come forward again…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 20-12 HULL KR 🔵🔴

70'

Hull KR come forward and a high Abdull kick is caught by the Rovers winger but Grace forces him in touch and we will come away with it with less than 10 munutes to go!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 20-12 HULL KR 🔵🔴

📸 @JZTaia on his 100th Saints appearance!

@plattyphoto

62'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooote makes no mistake as he extends our lead!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 20-12 HULL KR 🔵🔴

61'
Try
Alex Walmsley for Saints

Big Al, back on from the bench gets his 8th try of the season as he latches onto a short ball from Smith to power over three defenders! Just what the doctor ordered! 💪

🔴⚪ SAINTS 18-12 HULL KR 🔵🔴

58'

Aaron Smith is on for Roby as Peyroux also takes a breather and Knowles comes back on for him…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 14-12 HULL KR 🔵🔴

53'
Try
Shaun Kenny-Dowall for Hull KR

Hull KR go over in the corner after a high kick causes problems on the Saints left and Shaun Kenny-Dowall is there to touch down. The video ref gives it. Dagger converts.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 14-12 HULL KR 🔵🔴

48'

Saints have come out for this second half looking much sharper and are denied a second as Lomax’s pass to Welsby is deemed forward as the stand-in winger thought he was over again…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 14-6 HULL KR 🔵🔴

45'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooote, who has been on fire with the boot this season, once again brilliantly kicks the two from this right touchline! 🔥

🔴⚪ SAINTS 14-6 HULL KR 🔵🔴

44'
Try
Jack Welsby for Saints

The perfect start! Coooote’s cut out pass out wide finds Welsby who flies over in the corner! Get in!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 12-6 HULL KR 🔵🔴

41'

We are back underway! COYS! 🔴⚪

HT: 🔴⚪ SAINTS 8-6 HULL KR 🔵🔴

A tough first half which sees us narrowly lead at the break thanks to a penalty from Coote and a late Grace try which cancelled out Hadley’s score for Rovers.

39'

We make a break out wide as Cooote’s cut-out finds Welsby in space, but his kick over the top is too deep and that will be that…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 8-6 HULL KR 🔵🔴

📸 @regangrace5 with the flying finish!

36'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

What a KICK from Coooote who nails the touchline conversion and we are back in front!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 8-6 HULL KR 🔵🔴

35'
Try
Regan Grace for Saints

That’s more like it! Lomax makes the break and feeds Grace out wide and the Welsh Wizard flies over in the corner!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 6-6 HULL KR 🔵🔴

📸 A tough encounter thus far here at our @twstadium home!

@plattyphoto

32'

Coooote breaks through the Rovers line, but his offload only finds a Hull KR player and Fages is there to stop the counter!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 2-6 HULL KR 🔵🔴

📸 Josh Simm on his second consecutive start for the Saints!

@plattyphoto

29'

Good defence sees Saints come away with it! Come on, boys!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 2-6 HULL KR 🔵🔴

28'

Welsby knocks on a high, swirling Hull KR bomb and we must defend here on our own line.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 2-6 HULL KR 🔵🔴

26'
Goal
Will Dagger for Hull KR

Dagger converts and we have work to do!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 2-6 HULL KR 🔵🔴

26'
Try
Dean Hadley for Hull KR

Hull KR make us pay for missed opportunities as Hadley goes over after a short ball from Abdull.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 2-4 HULL KR 🔵🔴

24'

No. As the referee calls a knock on as Graham plays the ball to Roby on the Hull KR line.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 2-0 HULL KR 🔵🔴

22'

This time Saints come forward and it’s Roby’s cute kick again which results in the Rovers defender trapped in goal and we will come again. Can we extend our lead this time?

🔴⚪ SAINTS 2-0 HULL KR 🔵🔴

20'

Lomax forces a knock on and this time, but again Rovers defend their goal-line well as Roby’s kick is grasped by Lewis before the visitors win a penalty of their own…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 2-0 HULL KR 🔵🔴

18'

A fresh set of six is quickly followed by a penalty which results in the ball finding Fages and Lomax, only for Saints to be penalised for obstruction and again Hull KR survive!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 2-0 HULL KR 🔵🔴

16'

Good play down our left sets Coooote up for a grubber which is grounded in his own goal by Dagger and the pressure will continue! Can we make it count?

🔴⚪ SAINTS 2-0 HULL KR 🔵🔴

14'

Hull KR’s first real attack of the game sees the ball run dead and Saints are back on the front foot!

🔴 ⚪ SAINTS 2-0 HULL KR 🔵 🔴

📸 The skipper back in action!

@plattyphoto

11'

Relentless Saints pressure comes to nothing mind as Walmsley’s pass goes astray and Hull KR come away with it…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 2-0 HULL KR 🔵🔴

9'

Hull KR kick out on the full from the restart and Saints have a full set in the Rovers half!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 2-0 HULL KR 🔵🔴

8'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooote’s high kick again causes problems as Dagger fumbles before Saints win a penalty which sees Cooote kick the two…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 2-0 HULL KR 🔵🔴

5'

We win a penalty for a high shot before Weller Hauraki knocks on. Unfortunately James Graham loses the ball on the next set and Hull KR survive the early Saints pressure…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 0-0 HULL KR 🔵🔴

3'

A great start from the Saints sees Cooote’s high kick won by Grace, who offloaded to Fages and the Frenchman’s grubber resulted in Welsby forcing Ethan Ryan in touch!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 0-0 HULL KR 🔵🔴

Here we go! 🔴⚪

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