Saints kick off new campaign in style

Super Saints soared in our opening Betfred Super League clash, running in eight tries to beat the Salford Red Devils 48-8 at the Totally Wicked Stadium in front of over 12,000 fans.

In an exciting start, it was Salford who came out of the blocks fastest, as Joey Lussick was held up on the line just four minutes in. The hosts were rewarded for their good start in the sixth minute as Tui Lolohea scored a penalty after the Saints made no attempt to play the ball.

However, the Saints quickly settled, and in the 14th minute Zeb Taia burst through the Salford defence to touch down after a quick pass by Jonny Lomax. Lachlan Coote added the conversion to make it 6-2.

Five minutes later the Saints scored again, this time through big prop Alex Walmsley who took the short pass from James Bentley before powering his way through three defenders to score. Coote added his second conversion to make it 12-2.

Salford fans thought they’d got one back in the 29th minute when Rhys Williams touched down on the left touchline, but Kevin Naiqama had forced him into touch brilliantly.

Theo Fages added a third for the Saints just before half time, throwing a dummy before strolling over to the left of the sticks, before Coote continued his form to add the conversion, leaving the score 18-2 at half time.

Just as in the first half, Salford started the better side, Ken Sio was awarded a try on-field after touching a ball kicked across the ground in the far right corner which Coote was trying to shepherd out, but upon review his foot was out of touch and so it was chalked off.

Five minutes later Saints regained control of the game when Naiqama scored in the right corner after a great pass by Jack Welsby. Mark Percival scored the conversion as Coote had been replaced due to injury to make it 24-2.

Salford grabbed their first try of the evening in the 50th minute as Percival slipped which gave Ken Sio space to score in the right corner before Lolohea added the conversion to make it 24-8.

Saints struck again 10 minutes later, Naiqama scoring their fifth of the evening after Lomax created space on the right for Naiqama to score. Percival converted his second to make it 30-8.

Impressive, Jack Welsby made it six for the Saints in the 65th minute, Lomax playing the short ball to the youngster who drove past one man before scoring by the sticks. Percival scored the conversion to make it 36-8.

Welsby added his second of the night in the 71st minute as he kicked the ball through for himself from a few yards out before diving on the ball to score. Percival converted once more to make it 42-8.

Saints found time to add a an eighth try of the evening as Aaron Smith found Alex Walmsley to power over for his second of the night. Percival made it five conversions leaving the score 48-8, and that’s how the game ended.

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.

Tries:ย Zeb Taia, Alex Walmsley (2), Theo Fages, Kevin Naiqama (2), Jack Welsby (2)

Goals:ย Coote (3) Percival (5).

Salford 13: Niall Evalds, Ken Sio, Kristian Welham, Daniel Sarginson, Rhys Williams, Tui Lolohea, Kevin Brown, Lee Mossop, Joey Lussick, Gil Dudson, James Greenwood, Tyrone McCarthy, Gregory Burke.

Interchanges: Pauli Pauli, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Luke Yates, Joshua Johnson.

Tries:ย Ken Sio

Goals: Tui Lolohea

Penalties: Lolohea

HT: 18-2

FT: 48-8

Attendance: 12,008

Download your Matchday Programme

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
19 Aaron Smith

Salford Red Devils Line up

1Niall Evalds
2Ken Sio
3Kris Welham
4Dan Sarginson
5Rhys Williams
6Tui Lolohea
7Kevin Brown
8Lee Mossop
9Joey Lussick
10Gil Dudson
11James Greenwood
12Tyrone McCarthy
13Greg Burke
14Pauli Pauli
15Sebastine Ikahihifo
16Luke Yates
17Josh Johnson

Last updated 31 Jan 20 21:36:00

FT: ๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 48-8 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

A brace from Welsby and Naiqama plus another from Walmsley means we run out clear winners in our season opener!

Not a bad way to kick off our title defence! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Thanks to the 12,008 fans who have made the effort today! A great effort on our season opener!

Mark Percival for Saints

Percival makes it five from five and we are edging our way towards that 50 point mark…

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 48-8 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

Alex Walmsley for Saints

Az Smith feeds BIG AL who is in for his second and we are running riot!

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 46-8 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

Mark Percival for Saints

Percy again does the business as he kicks his fourth kick of the evening!

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 42-8 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

Jack Welsby for Saints

WELSBY is at it again and it’s one that football’s Lionel Messi would be proud of! What a piece of footwork as he seems to dribble past the Salford defender to touch down!

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 40-8 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

Jack Welsby for Saints

WELSBY gets in on the act and it’s Lomax again the provider. He feeds our impressive youngster back on the inside and Jack deserves that tonight! Percival converts!

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 36-8 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

It’s a double for Kevin Naiqama! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Mark Percival for Saints

Percival shows his first was no fluke and kicks his second successive touchline conversion!

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 30-8 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

Kevin Naiqama for Saints

NAIQAMA is in again! He flies over in the corner after a fantastic pass from Lomax. Get in!

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 28-8 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ


Tui Lolohea for Salford Red Devils

Lolohea kicks the touchline conversion.

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 24-8 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

Ken Sio for Salford Red Devils

Salfod respond instantly. The ball is moved to this right side and Percival slips which opens up space for Sio to score in the corner.

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 24-6 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

Mark Percival for Saints

Percival steps up in Coooote’s absence to nail the touchline conversion!

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 24-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

Kevin Naiqama for Saints

And moments after switching to the wing, Welsby finds Kevvy with a cut-out pass and he flies over! How’s that for an instant impact?!

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 22-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ


Just as we posted that, Cooote jogs off and Az Smith is on in his place. He’s not risking any further injury. Welsby drops in at full back and Peyroux comes in at centre with Naiqama moved to the wing….


Cooooote is close to scoring at the other end but is up-heaved close to the line. He gets up gingerly, but is OK! Salford get the ball back but are forced in goal by a MOUNTAIN of Saints! ๐Ÿ’ช

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 18-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ


Salford are close to a try through Ken Sio. The ball is kicked through and Coote tries to shepherd the ball out only for the winger to ground the ball, but replays show his foot was in touch!

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 18-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ


We are back underway here in the second half! More of the same, lads!

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 18-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

HALF TIME: We fell behind to a Lolohea penalty before Taia responded for the Saints, Walmsley powered his way over and Fages then extended our lead moments ago with a nice dummy.

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 18-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooote makes it three from three and we extend our lead seconds before the break!

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 18-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

Theo Fages for Saints

YES WE CAN! It’s our little Frenchman, THEO FAGES who throws the dummy and strolls over!

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 16-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ


Salford push forward but Lolohea knocks on and Saints have it back. Can we extend our lead before the break?

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 12-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ


Salford think they have responded through Rhys Williams who flies over in the corner, but the video replays show Kevin Naiqama forced the winger in touch! Well in, Kev!

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 12-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

๐Ÿ“ธ @JZTaia with the opening try of the game!


Matty Lees is on and it’s great to see him back! Big Al makes way after a blistering first 25 minutes!

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 12-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooote does the rest from in front of the sticks!

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 12-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

Alex Walmsley for Saints

BIG AL IS OVER! The big man picks up a short ball from hooker James Bentley and powers his way over!

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 10-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ


Lomax is involved again at the other end as his grubber forces Niall Evalds in-goal. Salford have a goal line drop out and we will come again…

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 6-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ


Saints come again but Theo Fages knocks on when playing the ball…Time to defend boys!

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 6-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote converts the extras!

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 6-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

Zeb Taia for Saints

GET INNN!! The ball is moved from right to left and Jonny Lomax finds ZEB TAIA with a short ball and he strides over!

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 4-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ


We again win the penalty and again we opt to run it…can we make it count this time?

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 0-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ


Saints tackled on the last, the ball comes free as Lachlan Cooote kicks the ball forward before four Saints players force a goal-line drop out!

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 0-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ


Lee Mossop knocks on before Saints win a penalty for offside and have a chance to hit straight back! We opt to run it….

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 0-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ


Saints come forward and move the ball from right to left but we are trapped on the last as Salford force the turnover on their own 20.

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 0-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

Tui Lolohea for Salford Red Devils

Salford and Tui Lolohea opts to take the two from in front of the posts and he converts.

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 0-2 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ


It’s a positive start fro the visitors as Joey Lussick is held up over the Saints line before Salford then win a penalty.

๐Ÿ”ดโšช Saints 0-0 Salford ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

KICK OFF! Here we go! Our Betfred Super League title defence begins! Come on, boys!