Simm scores first half hat-trick as Saints beat young Rhinos

Josh Simm grabbed the headlines as his first half hat-trick sent Saints on our way to a seven try victory over a young Leeds Rhinos side at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Saints got off to a flying start; Zeb Taia offloading to youngster Simm, who raced down the left hand side before cutting inside to score his first senior try. Lachlan Coote converted, giving Saints an early 6-0 lead.

Saints doubled our lead in the 15th minute; captain James Roby raced forward after a trademark dummy, before flying through the middle and superbly offloading to teammate Taia who touched down unchallenged. Coote added the extras, leaving it 12-0.

Simm got his second in the 21st minute, a great short pass by playmaker Jonny Lomax saw the centre power past the two defenders to touch down. Coote was unable to convert, keeping it at 16-0.

Simm then personally crowned a remarkable first half as he bagged his hat-trick in the 37th minute after Regan Grace broke forward to open up the Rhinos defence. He was brought down by Jack Walker, but Lomax found Simm with a brilliant cut-out pass and the young centre went over for his third. Coote added the extras, giving Saints a 22-0 lead at half time.

Cameron Smith got one back for the Rhinos 51 minutes in; after some persistent pressure by the visitors, powering over despite a great last man defensive effort from Coote. Smith missed his own conversion, leaving the score 22-4.

Saints fought off more pressure from the Rhinos, to go up the other end and a great break and offload from Matty Lees found Theo Fages to score underneath the sticks. Coote added two more points, giving Saints a 28-4 lead after 64 minutes.

We were in again in the 65th minute. Kevin Naiqama starting the move with a tap across to Makinson, who flew down the wing before passing back on his inside to the centre, who scored to the right of the sticks. Coote added the extras, giving Saints a 34-4 lead.

Liam Tindall responded with a try for Leeds in the 71st minute on the back of a penalty, as the youngster went over in the right hand corner. Smith was unable to convert, leaving the score at 34-8.

Aaron Smith, on for Roby, hit back three minutes later after a great dart from dummy half saw the hooker play a ball to Fages, who returned the ball back to Smith to go over. Coote kicked the conversion to secure a 40-8 victory as Saints marched on with Salford up next on Monday!

Match Summary

Saints 13: Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Josh Simm, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Matty Lees, Zeb Taia, James Bentley, Morgan Knowles.

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

Tries: Simm (3,21, 37), Taia (15), Fages (62), Naiqama (65), Smith (74)

Goals: Coote (6)

Leeds 13: Jack Walker, Luke Briscoe, Alex Sutcliffe, Rhys Evans, Liam Tindall, Callum McLelland, Jack Broadbent, Mikolaj Oledzki, Brad Dwyer, Tom Holroyd, Sam Walters, Bodene Thompson, Cameron Smith.

Interchanges: Corey Hall, James Donaldson, Jarrod O’Connor, James Harrison.

Tries: Smith (51), Tindall (71)

Half time: 22-0

Full Time: 40-8

Referee: Liam Moore

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Leeds Rhinos Line up

1Jack Walker
2Luke Briscoe
3Alex Sutcliffe
4Rhys Evans
5Liam Tindall
6Callum McLelland
7Jack Broadbent
8Mikolaj Oledzki
9Brad Dwyer
10Tom Holroyd
11Sam Walters
12Bodene Thompson
13Cameron Smith
14Corey Hall
15James Donaldson
16Jarrod O'Connor
17James Harrison

Last updated 26 Oct 20 19:21:07

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FT: 🔴⚪ Saints 40-8 Rhinos 🦏

The winning run continues! 💪

79'

We are nearly in again but Makinson can’t take Naiqama’s ball and the Rhinos survive.

🔴⚪ Saints 40-8 Rhinos 🦏

78'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

The 40 is up for the Saints after Cooote adds the two.

🔴⚪ Saints 40-8 Rhinos 🦏

76'
Try
Aaron Smith for Saints

Smith seals it! A great break from the hooker who feeds Fages and Theo plays it back to Smith who goes over. Brilliant.

🔴⚪ Saints 38-8 Rhinos 🦏

71'
Try
Liam Tindall for Leeds Rhinos

Liam Tindall goes over in the corner after latching onto a pass from Sam Walters. Smith misses the two.

🔴⚪ Saints 34-8 Rhinos 🦏

67'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooote adds the two to extend our lead!

🔴⚪ Saints 34-4 Rhinos 🦏

66'
Try
Kevin Naiqama for Saints

Kevyyyyy! Naiqama taps the ball out wide to Makinson who makes a break and our winger feeds the ball back on his inside to his centre partner and Kevy goes over!

🔴⚪ Saints 32-4 Rhinos 🦏

64'

Aaron Smith has come on at hooker, as Robes takes a breather. 15 minutes to go!

🔴⚪ Saints 28-4 Rhinos 🦏

64'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooote adds the two!

🔴⚪ Saints 28-4 Rhinos 🦏

63'
Try
Theo Fages for Saints

Back to business! A lovely break and offload from Lees finds our supporting Frenchman, Fages, who goes over! 🇫🇷

🔴⚪ Saints 26-4 Rhinos 🦏

Was it forward @louiems14? 👀

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59'

A few too many errors from Saints so far in this second half, this time as Batchelor is penalised for a hand in and Leeds will come forward again.

🔴⚪ Saints 22-4 Rhinos 🦏

58'

Saints think we have scored through Cooote but LMS’s short ball to our full back is deemed forward by referee Liam Moore.

🔴⚪ Saints 22-4 Rhinos 🦏

A tough battle so far in this second half! 👊

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53'

Smith though misses the two from in front of the sticks. Joe Batchelor and Kyle Amor are both on for Saints with Walmsley and Lees making way.

🔴⚪ Saints 22-4 Rhinos 🦏

52'
Try
Cameron Smith for Leeds Rhinos

Leeds score through Cameron Smith as he gets the ball down under pressure from Coote.

🔴⚪ Saints 22-4 Rhinos 🦏

51'

Leeds are building pressure with their third set at this stubborn Saints defence.

🔴⚪ Saints 22-0 Rhinos 🦏

48'

Great early defence from the Saints force Leeds back, but Grace knocks on McLelland’s high bomb and Richard Agar’s men have a chance to get on the scoreboard.

🔴⚪ Saints 22-0 Rhinos 🦏

41'

We are back underway as Cooote kicks us off….More of the same, boys!

🔴⚪ Saints 22-0 Rhinos 🦏

HT: 🔴⚪ Saints 22-0 Rhinos 🦏

A first half hat-trick from the impressive Josh Simm, plus a try from Taia means we are in control at the break! 💪

38'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooote with a wonderful kick for the added two!

🔴⚪ Saints 22-0 Rhinos 🦏

38'
Try
Josh Simm for Saints

HAT-TRICK HEROOO! That man is in again as our young centre latches onto a cut-out pass from Lomax to stroll over!

🔴⚪ Saints 20-0 Rhinos 🦏

31'

Walmsley wins the penalty and Knowles tries to find LMS with a short ball, but our cheeky southerner can’t take it and Leeds survive.

🔴⚪ Saints 16-0 Rhinos 🦏

29'

LMS is on for Saints as Lees makes way.

🔴⚪ Saints 16-0 Rhinos 🦏

💪 @JoshSimm01 with the 𝗯𝗿𝘂𝘁𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗵! 💪

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23'

Cooote this time misses the conversion attempt, but our lead is 16 as Big Al is back on!

🔴⚪ Saints 16-0 Rhinos 🦏

21'
Try
Josh Simm for Saints

SIMMZY at it again! The ball finds its way from right to left, through the hands of Fages and Lomax and Simm powers his way over three defenders for his second! 💪

🔴⚪ Saints 16-0 Rhinos 🦏

𝐂𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐟𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜!

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17'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooote adds the extras to extend our lead to 12 points!

🔴⚪ Saints 12-0 Rhinos 🦏

16'
Try
Zeb Taia for Saints

STOP IT JAMES ROBY! Our captain makes a break, puts on a delicious step and feeds the supporting Zeb Taia with a wonderful offload who has an easy job to stroll over.

🔴⚪ Saints 10-0 Rhinos 🦏

10'
Yellow Card
Alex Walmsley for Saints

Alex Walmsley is shown a yellow card and is sent to the bin following a tackle on Sutcliffe.

🔴⚪ Saints 6-0 Rhinos 🦏

6'

A quite brilliant offload from Alex Walmsley feeds James Roby before the ball finds its way out wide to Regan Grace, but his kick through only finds the hands of a Rhinos man.

🔴⚪ Saints 6-0 Rhinos 🦏

4'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote makes no mistake with the extras and it is the perfect start for the Saints!

🔴⚪ Saints 6-0 Rhinos 🦏

3'
Try
Josh Simm for Saints

WHAT A START! A nice offload feeds Josh Simm who skips past the Rhinos winger and cuts inside to score under the sticks for his first senior try! 💪

🔴⚪ Saints 4-0 Rhinos 🦏

Prior to kick off Woolf told Sky Sports he expects James Graham to feature on Monday vs Salford:

“We want to make sure he is fresh and ready for Monday night and we think he can really do a job, leading us there.”

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We are off and underway here at our Totally Wicked Stadium! COYS! 🔴⚪

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Rhinos 🦏

The boys are out for their pre-match warm ups – and with a look of focus! Kick off is next!

‘Batch’ back in the squad today!

This is how we will line up this evening…Josh Simm starts in the centre in place of Jack Welsby. Joe Batchelor and Aaron Smith are on the bench with Woolf having an eye on Monday’s game.

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