Saints were impressive as we beat top of the table Catalans Dragons 34-12 on Saturday afternoon at a wet Totally Wicked Stadium, as our strong run of form continued!

It didn’t take long for the Saints to take an early lead back in front of an unrestricted crowd at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

James Maloney couldn’t find touch from a Catalans penalty in their own half, Saints earnt a repeat set on the Dragons line and after a Lewis Dodd scoot, Jonny Lomax found Tommy Makinson with acres of space and a cut out pass to stroll in on the right wing! Lachlan Coote added the extras from the right touchline to give up a 6-0 lead.

That lead was doubled a few minutes later. The impressive Dodd kicked a loose ball forward and collected it himself to score underneath the sticks, the try being awarded after a video referee review. Coote once again adding the extras to extend our lead to 12-0.

A third Saints try followed in the 17th minute. We were awarded a penalty after a hit off the ball. James Roby’s pass found the floor, Coote picked up the loose ball and found Regan Grace and the returning Welshman somehow stepped past three defenders on the left touchline to score the try. Coote once again added the extras to make it 18-0 to the Saints.

Catalans grabbed their first try of the game in the 23rd minute. Matthieu Laguerre threw a dummy close to the Saints line before sliding over in wet conditions. James Maloney added the extras, 18-6.

Five minutes before the break Joe Chan was sent to the sin bin for a shot off the ball on Sione Mata’utia, Coote converted a penalty from in front of the sticks. And that is how it remained at the break, as an early flurry of Saints tries gave us a 20-6 lead at the break.

Saints started the second half just as well. Joe Batchelor scoring our fourth try after winning the race to a clever Lomax grubber kick. The decision was once again sent to the video referee but the try was given. Coote once again added the extras, 26-6 to the hosts.

Mata’utia was then sent to the sin bin, perhaps harshly, for ten minutes after a late shot of Benjamin Julien. From the resulting penalty the Dragons responded. Mickael Goudemand collecting an Alrix Da Costa pass to score underneath the sticks. Maloney added the extras from in front of the sticks, 16-12.

Coote then added an extra two points for the Saints after Dodd was caught high by Da Costa, 28-12 Saints led with a little over 20 minutes to play.

Another Saints try followed. Roby picked the ball up from dummy half, he found Man of the Match Dodd who exploited a gap but was stopped just short of the line but he kept the ball alive for Coote to score the try. He converted his own try to make it 34-12.

And those were to be the final points of the game as Saints emerged as 34-12 victors against the league leading Catalans Dragons.

Saints Team: Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Lewis Dodd, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Joel Thompson, Joe Batchelor, Morgan Knowles.

Interchanges: Sione Mata’utia, Kyle Amor, Agnatius Paasi, Jack Welsby.

Tries: Tommy Makinson (4), Lewis Dodd (8), Regan Grace (17), Joe Batchelor (51), Lachlan Coote (70)

Conversions: Lachlan Coote (5 from 5)

Penalties: Lachlan Coote (2 from 2)

Sin Bin: Sione Mata’utia (54)

Catalans Dragons Team: Arthur Mourgue, Romain Franco, Dean Whare, Matthieu Laguerre, Fouad Yaha, James Maloney, Cesar Rouge, Mickael Goudemand, Alrix Da Costa, Gil Dudson, Benjamin Jullien, Mike McMeekan, Joel Tomkins.

Interchanges: Paul Seguier, Corentin Le Cam, Joe Chan, Jordan Dezaria.

Tries: Matthieu Laguerre (23), Mickael Goudemand (55)

Conversions: James Maloney (2 from 2)

Sin Bin: Joe Chan (35)

HT: 20-6

FT: 34-12

Attendance: 7,758

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Saints Line up

1 Lachlan Coote
2 Tommy Makinson
3 Kevin Naiqama
4 Mark Percival
5 Regan Grace
6 Jonny Lomax
7 Lewis Dodd
8 Alex Walmsley
James Roby
15 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
11 Joel Thompson
12 Joe Batchelor
13 Morgan Knowles
11 Sione Mata’utia
18 Kyle Amor
17 Agnatius Paasi
1 Jack Welsby

Catalans Dragons Line up

1Arthur Mourgue
2Romain Franco
3Matthieu Laguerre
4Dean Whare
5Fouad Yaha
6James Maloney
7César Rouge
8Gil Dudson
9Alrix Da Costa
10Mickael Goudemand
11Benjamin Jullien
12Mike McMeeken
13Joel Tomkins
14Paul Seguier
15Corentin Le Cam
16Joe Chan
17Jordan Dezaria

Last updated 7 Aug 21 16:24:34

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FT: 🔴⚪ Saints 34-12 Dragons 🐉

💥 2nd beats 1st as the Saints come out resounding winners back at our St Helens home!


Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote converts his own try…34-12.

🔴⚪ Saints 34-12 Dragons 🐉

Lachlan Coote for Saints

COOOOOOTE! Fantastic defence from Saints forces the knock on and the impressive Dodd makes a break before offloading to the supporting Coooote to go over!

🔴⚪ Saints 32-12 Dragons 🐉

Joe Batch thanks Jonny Lomax for his assist earlier!


Big Al is now back on for Welsby as we approach the final 10 minutes here in St Helens…

🔴⚪ Saints 28-12 Dragons 🐉


Mata’utia is back on following his sin bin as Batchelor takes a breather and Knowles is back on…

🔴⚪ Saints 28-12 Dragons 🐉


Doddy kicks a 40-20 and we have a great chance here to extend our lead, but it’s intercepted and Catalans have it back.

🔴⚪ Saints 28-12 Dragons 🐉

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Dodd is caught high and Coooooote takes the two!

🔴⚪ Saints 28-12 Dragons 🐉

James Maloney for Catalans Dragons

Maloney kicks the two.

🔴⚪ Saints 26-12 Dragons 🐉

Mickael Goudemand for Catalans Dragons

Catalans make the numbers count as Mickael Goudemand scores under the sticks.

🔴⚪ Saints 26-10 Dragons 🐉

Yellow Card
Sione Mata'utia for Saints

Sione Mata’utia to the bin….We’re not sure watching it live if its for a late hit or has the referee deemed he has led with his shoulder?

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote adds the two! Amor is on for Paasi…

🔴⚪ Saints 26-6 Dragons 🐉

Joe Batchelor for Saints

BATCHHHHHHH! The ball is moved from right to left and then back towards the middle and @lomax_1990 is the architect again as his grubber is perfectly weighted for @batjoelor to score!

🔴⚪ Saints 24-6 Dragons 🐉


Catalans win a penalty for a high shot and have a set on our line, but great defence results in Paasi snatching the ball back in a one-on-one!

🔴⚪ Saints 20-6 Dragons 🐉


Dodd’s high kick goes up on the last and Welsby is so close to clutching the ball out of the air and touching down, but the referee pulls it back for offside!

🔴⚪ Saints 20-6 Dragons 🐉


The second half is back underway here at the Totally Wicked Stadium!

🔴⚪ Saints 20-6 Dragons 🐉


HT: 🔴⚪ Saints 20-6 Dragons 🐉

We are in control at the break after tries from Makinson, Dodd and Grace! 💪

Great to see Lewis Dodd get over too!

Regan back amongst the tries on his return!

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooooote does kick the two to extend our lead. Four minutes until the break.

🔴⚪ Saints 20-6 Dragons 🐉

Yellow Card
Joe Chan for Catalans Dragons

Sione Mata’utia is clattered off the ball and Joe Chan is sent to the bin as a result…Coote will go for the two.

🔴⚪ Saints 18-6 Dragons 🐉


LMS makes way for Sione Mata’utia. Jack Welsby is also getting ready…👑

🔴⚪ Saints 18-6 Dragons 🐉

James Maloney for Catalans Dragons

Maloney converts the two from the touchline. Iggy Paasi is on for Big Al…

🔴⚪ Saints 18-6 Dragons 🐉

Matthieu Laguerre for Catalans Dragons

Catalans win a penalty and with it some field position and Matthieu Laguerre goes over.

🔴⚪ Saints 18-4 Dragons 🐉

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooote keeps up his 100% record so far as we lead by 18 – after 18!

🔴⚪ Saints 18-0 Dragons 🐉

Regan Grace for Saints

REGANNNNN! Our Welsh Wizard @ReganGrace5 scores our third try as he cuts in from the left with a trademark step to beat two defenders to go over!

🔴⚪ Saints 16-0 Dragons 🐉

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooote makes no mistake from right in front!

🔴⚪ Saints 12-0 Dragons 🐉

Lewis Dodd for Saints

DODDYYYYYY! The ball comes lose and @Dodd1Lewis is quickest to react, racing through to pick up the loose ball and touch down!

🔴⚪ Saints 10-0 Dragons 🐉


Kev Naiqama wins a penalty for Saints as the Dragons are caught offside and we have another set in the opposition half…

🔴⚪ Saints 6-0 Dragons 🐉

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooooooooooooote!! Our full back kicks the extras from the touchline for the perfect start!

🔴⚪ Saints 6-0 Dragons 🐉

Tommy Makinson for Saints

WHAT A START!! Lewis Dodd with a lovely scoot, before Jonny Lomax feeds @TommyMak21 out wide with a cut-out pass and he goes over easily! Get in!

🔴⚪ Saints 4-0 Dragons 🐉


We are off and underway here at the @twstadium! COYS! 🔴⚪

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Dragons 🐉


Warm ups….✅


Matty Lees is here to showcase our newest trophy! 🏆😅

And Iggy is also back on the bench! 💪

This man is back in the side today!

Head over to our social media accounts to hear a quick preview from the boss including his team selection and the return of YOU our fans!

This is how our visitors will line up this evening…👀

This is how we will line up this afternoon! Regan Grace is back on the wing and Iggy Paasi is on the bench…

The pitch here at the Totally Wicked Stadium is in great condition and we will have team news for you around 1pm! Stay tuned!

We cannot wait to welcome you back today! It’s the first game where we will have an unrestricted crowd and we are set for a bumper attendance! See you soon!

If you are coming to the stadium today, head into our Saints Superstore to pick up some of our Champions Range! You can also order our new Magic Weekend shirt ONLINE only!

You can read our matchday e-programme which has interviews with the boss and Jack Welsby. There is also a gallery from our memorable day at Wembley! Simply scan the code below with your phone or head to our homepage!

Head over to our homepage for all the pre-match news including details on tickets, turnstiles, kiosks and much more!

Hello and welcome to our live blog ahead of our TOP of the TABLE clash against Catalans Dragons! Stay tuned for all the pre-match build up and team news! Kick off is at 2:30pm…

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