Youthful Saints fall to late defeat against Red Devils

A late Krisnan Inu try cruelly snatched victory away from a young Saints side which saw five youngsters make their debuts and 12 of the 17 come through the Academy system.

Saints led 10-6 at the break, but Inu’s last gasp try in the corner, followed by his conversion meant Salford snatched victory by 12 points to 10 at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

Kristian Woolf opted to shuffle his side having played just three days earlier and Monday night’s game saw youngsters Tom Nisbet, Ben Davies and Nico Rizzelli start in the backs for their debuts, with forwards Matty Foster and Jake Wingfield impressing off the bench.

But it was an experienced Saint, Dom Peyroux, who was the catalyst to Saints red-hot start. An electric drive through the middle of the park, saw our number 12 beat off several challenges, before finding young hooker Josh Eaves to score his first Saints try after three minutes. Lewis Dodd added the extras, giving Saints an early 6-0 lead.

Dodd kicked a penalty in the 11th minute after Tyrone McCarthy had stripped the ball from Alex Walmsley, extending Saints’ lead to 8-0.

Saints were awarded another penalty seven minutes later, right in front of the sticks and Dodd made no mistake with the kick to make it 10-0.

Pauli Pauli got one back for Salford with a minute to go untill half time; Peyroux with the error which resulted in the turnover and Dodd was unable to prevent the powerful forward from going over to score. Krisnan Inu converted, narrowing the lead to 10-6 going into half time.

The second half was end to end with debutant winger Tom Nisbet going over in the corner, but he lost the ball on grounding.

Both sides exchanged sets before Inu went over with three minutes to go. Pauli Pauli offloaded, and the ball was played to Inu on the wing who powered through three Saints defenders to score. He converted from the touchline to give Salford a 12-10 victory.

It wasn’t to be for a young Saints side, but they can take a lot of pride and experience moving foward.

Match Summary

Salford 13: Dan Sarginson, Rhys Williams, Edward Chamberlain, Elliott Kear, Krisnan Inu, Tu’i Lolohea, Chris Atkin, Lee Mossop, Andy Ackers, Luke Yates, Tyrone McCarthy, Pauli Pauli, Greg Burke.

Interchanges: Joey Lussick, Gil Dudson, Connor Jones, Oliver Roberts.

Tries: Pauli Pauli (39), Inu (76)

Goals: Inu (2)

Saints 13: Matthew Costello, Nico Rizzelli, Josh Simm, Ben Davies, Tom Nisbet, Jack Welsby, Lewis Dodd, Alex Walmsley, Josh Eaves, Joe Batchelor, Joseph Paulo, Dominique Peyroux, James Graham.

Interchanges: Jack Ashworth, Aaron Smith, Matthew Foster, Jake Wingfield.

Try: Eaves (3)

Goals: Dodd

Penalties: Dodd (11, 18)

Half time: 6-10

Full Time: 12-10

Referee: Ben Thaler

Saints Line up

21 Matthew Costello
28 Nico Rizzelli
21 Josh Simm
21 Ben Davies
26 Tom Nisbet
1 Jack Welsby
7 Lewis Dodd
8 Alex Walmsley
24 Josh Eaves
12 Joe Batchelor
18 Joseph Paulo
12 Dominique Peyroux
32 James Graham
17 Jack Ashworth
19 Aaron Smith
28 Matthew Foster
18 Jake Wingfield

Salford Red Devils Line up

1Dan Sarginson
2Rhys Williams
3Edward Chamberlain
4Elliott Kear
5Krisnan Inu
6Tu'i Lolohea
7Chris Atkin
8Lee Mossop
9Andy Ackers
10Luke Yates
11Tyrone McCarthy
12Pauli Pauli
13Greg Burke
14Joey Lussick
15Gil Dudson
16Connor Jones
17Oliver Roberts

Last updated 26 Oct 20 19:21:07

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A late Inu try snatches it at the death for Salford, but an effort to be proud of from our young Saints! 💪


Wow we nearly snatch it late on as the ball is kept alive and finds Simm out wide, but he is trapped on the last!

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Krisnan Inu for Salford Red Devils

Inu bounces out of Welsby’s tackle to score in the corner for Salford. Inu converts his own try.

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Ben Davies with a solid debut at centre!

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Salford with a big chance with space out wide, but the winger can’t gather and we will get the ball back with under 10 minutes to go!

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Dom Peyroux back in the side tonight! 👊🏽

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The ball goes forward on the second tackle and a roar goes up from the Saints boys. COYS! 🔵⚪

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Salford win a penalty on the Saints line and have a chance to level…time to defend boys! 💪

Eaves is back on for the injured Smith.

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Graham is back on for Wingfield as we pass the hour mark here in Leeds!

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Jack Welsby impressing in the halves! ✌️

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Good defence again from Saints forces the Salford knock on as Foster makes way and Big Al is back on! 🔵⚪

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CLOSE! Lovely play from Saints sees Dodd find Welsby and his cut-out pass feeds Nisbet out wide who goes over in the corner, but the video referee says he lost it when grounding the ball.

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Some good defence on show from both teams early in this second half as Batchelor is back on for Ashworth for Saints.

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An inch perfect kick from Dodd turns the Salford defence and stops right between the sticks before Lolohea’s runs dead at the other end…

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

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Josh Eaves’ early try and two penalties from Lewis Dodd put us in control, before a late Pauli Pauli try means it’s game on for out young Saints in the second half! 💪

Pauli Pauli for Salford Red Devils

Salford score with one minute to go on the clock before the break as Pauli Pauli powers over Dodd to touchdown. Inu converts.

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AND what an IMPACT from young Wingfield who puts in one hell of a hit to force the knock on! 💪

Aaron Smith is on for Eaves at hooker. Matty Foster is also on for his debut!

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Nico Rizzelli battles hard! 👊

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We win another six again, but Ashworth knocks on when going for the line. Jake Wingfield is on for his debut as Walmsley makes way…Go get em’ Wingy!

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Jack Ashworth is on as Graham makes way. So far, so good for Saints!

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The experienced Big Al leading the way! 💪

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We win a set restart, but after some promising play, Dodd knocks on at the play-the-ball and Salford survive as Jammer shouts up to get back in shape!

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Lewis Dodd for Saints

We win another penalty in front of the sticks and Dodd converts the two!

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Saints continue to press, but Welsby’s kick out wide finds touch on the full, with Nisbet the intended target. Plenty of noise and organisation from Matty Costello in back play.

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The feeling when you go over for your first Saints TRY @josh_eaves13! 😄

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Lewis Dodd for Saints

Saints win a penalty for a strip on Alex Walmsley and Dodd adds the two to extend our lead!

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A high kick from Dodd is met by Nico Rizzelli, but he is penalised for a tackle in the air and Salford will come forward…

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Lewis Dodd for Saints

Lewis Dodd, on kicking duties this evening, slots over the two and we lead early here in Leeds!

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Josh Eaves for Saints

WHAT A START! Dom Peyroux makes an explosive break and feeds the supporting Josh Eaves on his inside for his first senior TRY!

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Jack Welsby with an early knock on, but a combination of James Graham and Joe Batchelor forces the Salford error and we have it back!

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We are off and underway here at Emerald Headingley! 🔵⚪

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Our young guns are ready for action! Kick off is next!

Head over to our homepage to learn more about our young guns!

It’s a youthful Saints line up with FIVE potential debutants. Three of them start in Nico Rizzelli, Ben Davies and Tom Nisbet with two more, Matty Foster and Jake Wingfield on the bench!

Welcome to a wet and windy Emerald Headingley Stadium for tonight’s clash between Salford and Saints with kick off at 5:30pm!