Seven tries including two each for Mark Percival and Regan Grace saw Saints win their first game of 2020 in style, with a 36-6 win over London Broncos in Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook’s Testimonial match.

The first five minutes saw a controlled and well disciplined display by both sides, neither team keen to make any early errors. However, Saints opened the scoring in the fifth minute as some fast play down the right saw Lachlan Coote find Jack Welsby, playing on the wing, who went over. Coote added the conversion from a tight angle to make it 6-0.

Saints scored again in the 12th minute as Mark Percival went over after some fast passing from right to left through Jonny Lomax and Theo Fages, who eventually fed the ball to Percival. Coote was unable to add the conversion.

Saints continued to press, with Alex Walmsleyβ€˜s go forward a threat to the Broncos, however we were unable to add to our lead until the 21st minute when Coote’s dinked kick on the left was collected by Lomax just to the left of the posts to make it 14-0. Coote was unable to convert.

London got themselves on the score sheet through Sadiq Adebiyi in the 25th minute after he drove his way past Coote on the right before scoring in the corner. Kieran Dixon added the conversion to make the score 14-6. The visitors were nearly in again a few minutes later, but good Saints defence kept them at bay.

Percival got his second of the game in the 32nd minute after a move he started, which saw Fages brought down 10m short of the line after a break down the middle. Fages then found Percival on the left and the centre went over for his second. Coote added the conversion to make it 20-6.

Saints found time for a fifth try just before half time through Regan Grace, after a good passing move from right to left through Coote who passed on to Percival, who subsequently found Grace on the far left and he crossed to make it 24-6. Coote missed the conversion.

After a slow start to the second half, Grace brought the game back to life with a typical thrilling try and a trademark step. He broke free of the London defence before running virtually the length of the pitch and scoring under the posts. Lewis Dodd, on for his Saints debut, added the conversion to make it 30-6.

Joe Batchelor added Saints’ seventh of the afternoon in the 69th minute – his first senior try for the club, after Fages fed the ball to him from the right and Batchelor went over on the left side of the sticks. Dodd added the conversion to make it 36-6.

Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook fittingly took home the sponsors man of the match award as the game ended 36-6 in Kristian Woolf’s first game in charge.

Match Summary

Saints 13: Lachlan Coote, Jack Welsby, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley, James Bentley, Luke Thompson, Zeb Taia, Dom Peyroux, Louie MaCarthy-Scarsbrook.

Interchanges: Matty Lees, Jack Ashworth, Joseph Paulo, Aaron Smith, Joe Batchelor, Lewis Dodd, Matthew Costello, Josh Simm, Tom Nisbet, Nico Rizelli, Callum Hazzard, Josh Eaves.

Tries:Β Percival (2), Grace (2), Welsby, Lomax, Batchelor.

Goals: Coote (2) Dodd (2).Β 

London 13: Oliver Ashall-Bott, Tuoyo Egodo, Joshua Walters, William Lovell, Kieran Dixon, Cory Aston, James Meadows, Robert Butler, Matthew Fozard, Olsi Krasniqi, Sadiq Adebiyi, Rhys Curran, Edward Battye.

Interchanges: Daniel Norman, Gregory Richards, Daniel Hindmarsh-Takyi, Sam Davis, Jacob Ogden, Joshua Hodson, Guy Armitage.

Tries: Adebiyi

Goals: Dixon

HT: 24-6

FT: 36-6

Attendance: 4,125

Saints Line up

1 Lachlan Coote
1 Jack Welsby
3 Kevin Naiqama
4 Mark Percival
5 Regan Grace
6 Jonny Lomax
7 Theo Fages
8 Alex Walmsley
12 James Bentley
10 Luke Thompson
11 Zeb Taia
12 Dominique Peyroux
15 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
10 Matty Lees
17 Jack Ashworth
18 Joseph Paulo
12 Joe Batchelor

London Broncos Line up

1Oli Ashall-Bott
2Tuoyo Egodo
3Josh Walters
4Will Lovell
5Kieran Dixon
6Cory Aston
7James Meadows
8Rob Butler
9Matty Fozard
10Olsi Krasniqi
11Sadiq Adebiyi
12Rhys Curran
13Eddie Battye
14Dan Norman
15Greg Richards
16Dan Hindmarsh
17Sam Davis

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FULL TIME: Grace added his second with a trademark 90m score before Joe Batchelor grabbed his first senior Try in Saints colours. Some solid defence throughout too!

Thanks to the 4,125 Saints fans who braved the cold!

Joe Batchelor for Saints

Joe Batchelor is in for his first Saints senior try as he collects a short ball from Fages!

Dodd converts!

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Fantastic defence from Saints forces Jacob Ogden in goal and we have a chance to extend our lead further…

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Jack Ashworth, Joe Batchelor, Matty Lees and Jo Paulo are now on for Big Al, Luke Thompson, Zeb Taia and LMS for the final 15 minutes!

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Josh Simm, Tom Nisbet, Theo Fages Aaron Smith and Nico Rizelli are all on for Naiqama, Percival, Grace, Lomax and Bentley.

It’s a first team debut for Nisbet and Rizelli – good luck boys!

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WHAT A TRY from GRACE who grabs his second! He puts in his trademark step to burst free of the London defence. The rest is history. πŸ”₯

Dodd converts for his first points in Saints colours!

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Matty Costello is on for Coooote and Welsby has dropped in at full back. It’s a pretty even second half so far!

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Good defence from the Saints has kept the Broncos at bay in the early stages of this second half. Thompson knocks on and London will come again…

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Young Lewis Dodd is on in place of Theo Fages for his first team debut!

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We are back underway at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Come on boys!

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HALF TIME: So far, so good for Kristian Woolf’s Saints at the break. A double from Percival and tries from Welsby, Lomax and Grace mean we are in command!

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GRACE! Regan gets our fifth try of the afternoon as the ball is moved from right to left with Coote finding Percival and he fed Grace who strolled in!

Coooote misses the extras.

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Mark Percival for Saints

PERCIVAL grabs his second as he offloads to Fages, who was brought down 10 metres out and Lomax fed Percy who touched down!

Cooooote does the rest!

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Defend is what we do as the Broncos player is held up.

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Some big hits from our visitors forces Kev Naiqama to knock on and the Broncos have the scrum with a chance to score again. Time to defend boys!

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Kieran Dixon for London Broncos

Dixon adds the two and it’s game on here at the Totally Wicked Stadium! Come on boys!

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Sadiq Adebiyi for London Broncos

London hit back as Sadiq Adebiyi strolls through the challenge of Coote to touch down.

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Cooote misses the two as Matty Lees, Jack Ashworth, Aaron Smith and Jo Paulo all come on for Big Al, LMS, Luke Thompson and James Bentley.

Great to see Leezy back!

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Jonny Lomax for Saints

LOMAX!! A lovely grubber kick back on the inside from Cooooote finds our super stand off who strolls in.

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We try and break again down the left, but Percival’s pass just evades Grace and finds touch. London will have the scrum in the Saints half.

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Percival!! James Bentley, playing at hooker feeds Jonny Lomax and he found Fages who fed Percy who scored in the corner!

Coooote this time misses his kick.

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Saints win a penalty and we have another chance to extend our lead here early!

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Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote nails the touchline conversion and we lead early here in the Totally Wicked fog!

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Jack Welsby for Saints

But from the next play, Lachlan Coooooote feeds stand-in right winger Jack Welsby who scores in the corner! Get in!

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A HUGE chance goes begging early for Saints as Regan Grace bursts through the line, feeds Theo Fages who tries to play the ball back again, but it is knocked down by a London player.

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KICK OFF: We are off and underway here at the Totally Wicked Stadium! COYS! πŸ”΄βšͺ