Saints backed up their derby day win over Wigan with a comfortable 42-12 win over hard working Leigh Centurions on Thursday evening at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Saints took an early fourth minute lead as we earned a penalty close to the Leigh line. From a tackle to the right of the sticks we threw the ball from right to left which ended with Lachlan Coote finding Regan Grace with acres of space on the left wing, and he scored in the corner. Coote added the extras to make it 6-0 early on.

The Leigh fans thought they had a try in the 10th minute, as Ben Hellewell grounded a loose ball, but the referee said that the ball went dead before he could ground it.

Our lead was extended in the 18th minute. Alex Walmsley made a huge break downfield, his offload found Coote who was then caught high. From the resulting penalty, Coote added the extras to make it 8-0.

Leigh did respond in the 24th minute though. A short pass close to the Saints line found former Saint Matty Gee and he powered his way over. Ryan Brierley added the extras to make it 8-6.

Saints responded well though. A move from right to left saw Sione Mata’utia find Jack Welsby, who slid his way over from close range. Coote missed the conversion, 12-6 Saints led at the break.

Saints had an early chance to increase their lead three minutes into the second half, as Aaron Smith pounced on a loose ball, but a few tackles later, Saints fumbled the ball as we tried to stretch out and ground the ball.

We didn’t have to wait long to extend our lead. A loose ball was collected by Man of the Match Welsby and he reached his way over from close range for his second try of the evening. Coote added the extras from the left of the sticks, 18-6.

Bad news followed though as Jonny Lomax was then helped off the field in the 50th minute, after making a tackle close to the Leigh try-line.

Adam Sidlow then powered over from close range for the visitors to reduce the gap. Brierley added the extras, 18-12 Saints led.

But Saints responded well again. A play close to the Leigh line saw Coote find Sione Mata’utia, and the versatile forward who was filling in at centre planted the ball down. Coote added the extras, 24-12.

Welsby was involved again for our fifth try of the evening. He received the ball close to the line and managed to offload it as he was tackled, the ball found Coote and he made no mistake grounding the ball from close range. Our number added the extras, 30-12.

Welsby had another assist six minutes later. This time he fed the ball to Joe Batchelor on the Leythers line and the man who signed his new Saints contract this week made no mistake. Coote added the extras, 36-12.

Saints’ seventh and final try of the game came in the 76th minute. Grace made a good break down the left wing, he was stopped before Lewis Dodd picked the ball up from dummy half to round a Leigh defender and score. Coote added the extras as Saints emerged 42-12 victors with Warrington up next on Monday.

Saints Team: Lachlan Coote, Kevin Naiqama, Josh Simm, Jack Welsby, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Lewis Dodd, Alex Walmsley, Aaron Smith, Matty Lees, Sione Mata’utia, Joe Batchelor, Morgan Knowles.

Interchanges: James Roby, Kyle Amor, Agnatius Paasi, Jake Wingfield.

Tries: Regan Grace (4), Jack Welsby (28, 46), Sione Mata’utia (58), Lachlan Coote (65), Joe Batchelor (71), Lewis Dodd (76)

Conversions: Lachlan Coote (6 from 7)

Penalties: Lachlan Coote (1 from 1)

Leigh Centurions Team: Keanan Brand, Brendan Elliot, Sam Stone, Junior, Sa’u, Matty Russell, Ryan Brierley, Joe Mellor, Adam Sidlow, Liam Hood, Alex Gerrard, Ben Hellewell, Matty Gee, James Bell.

Interchanges: Jordan Thompson, Craig Mullen, Rob Butler, Jack Ashworth.

Tries: Matty Gee (24), Adam Sidlow (54)

Conversions: Ryan Brierley (2 from 2)

HT: 12-6

FT: 42-12

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Saints Line up

1 Lachlan Coote
3 Kevin Naiqama
21 Josh Simm
1 Jack Welsby
5 Regan Grace
6 Jonny Lomax
7 Lewis Dodd
8 Alex Walmsley
19 Aaron Smith
10 Matty Lees
11 Sione Mata’utia
12 Joe Batchelor
13 Morgan Knowles
James Roby
18 Kyle Amor
17 Agnatius Paasi
18 Jake Wingfield

Leigh Centurions Line up

1Keanan Brand
2Brendan Elliot
3Sam Stone
4Junior Sa’u
5Matty Russell
6Ryan Brierley
7Joe Mellor
8Adam Sidlow
9Liam Hood
10Alex Gerrard
11Ben Hellewell
12Matty Gee
13James Bell
14Craig Mullen
15Jack Ashworth
16Rob Butler
17Jordan Thompson

Last updated 26 Aug 21 22:51:24

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FT: 🔴⚪ SAINTS 42-12 LEIGH 🟡⚫

A resounding victory over Leigh! 👊


Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooooote adds the two – his seventh successive of the evening!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 42-12 LEIGH 🟡⚫

Lewis Dodd for Saints

Doddyyyyy! A great break from Grace results in Lewis Dodd going over!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 40-12 LEIGH 🟡⚫

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooooote adds the two! Six to go…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 36-12 LEIGH 🟡⚫

Joe Batchelor for Saints

Welsby again the architect as he offloads to the supporting Joe Batchelor who powers over!! Get in!

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Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooote converts his own try and brings the 30 points up for Saints!

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Lachlan Coote for Saints

COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTE!! A wonderful offload from Jack Welsby finds Coote who goes over!

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Jake Wingfield is on for Matty Lees. Go get em’ Wingy!

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Super Jack grabs his second!

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooooooooote makes no mistake and he kicks us further ahead…

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Sione Mata'utia for Saints

SIONEEEEEE! We hit straight back as Mata’utia powers over from his new centre position!

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A re-shuffle for Saints as Mata’utia moves into the centre and Welby joins Dodd in the halves.

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Ryan Brierley for Leigh Centurions

Brierley adds the two. Knowles is back on as Smith makes way for him.

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Adam Sidlow for Leigh Centurions

Leigh respond through Adam Sidlow.

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Not good news for Saints as Lomax hobbles off. Roby is on in his place.

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We are nearly in again as Dodd finds Grace with a cut-out pass, but he is tackled before Mata’utia is trapped on the last.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 18-6 LEIGH 🟡⚫

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooooooooote adds the two to extend our lead!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 18-6 LEIGH 🟡⚫

Jack Welsby for Saints

SUPER JACKKKKK! We keep the ball alive and Jack Welsby is there to grab his second of the night!

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We are back underway in the second half! COYS!

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HT: 🔴⚪ SAINTS 12-6 LEIGH 🟡⚫

We lead at the break after tries from Grace and Welsby. Matty Gee with the Leigh try.



Paasi hits a good line, but tries to offload to the supporting Jonny Lomax, but the pass goes astray and Leigh come away with it as we approach half time…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 12-6 LEIGH 🟡⚫

Regan goes over earlier!


Coote misses the two from the left, but we still lead…Iggy Paasi and Kyle Amor are on for Big Al and Morgan Knowles.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 12-6 LEIGH 🟡⚫

Jack Welsby for Saints

RESPONSE!! The ball is moved out to the left and Sione Mata’utia offloads brilliantly to Jack Welsby who goes over!

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Leigh come forward again as they make a break down the middle. The ball is kept alive and flung to the right, but it’s then knocked on and we survive the visitors pressure…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 8-6 LEIGH 🟡⚫

Ryan Brierley for Leigh Centurions

Brierley kicks the two.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 8-6 LEIGH 🟡⚫

Matty Gee for Leigh Centurions

Matty Gee powers his way over to the right of the sticks. Kick to come.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 8-4 LEIGH 🟡⚫


Batchelor intercepts James Bell’s pass, but it goes forward and Leigh will come again…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 8-0 LEIGH 🟡⚫


A high kick goes up, Kev Naiqama fumbles it, but it seemed to go backwards. Referee Tom Grant says it didn’t and Leigh have a chance with a set of six in the Saints half…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 8-0 LEIGH 🟡⚫

Pre-match we all stood to applause and remember all those Saints who have left us this year and every year…💖

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooote makes the big man’s run count as he slots over the two to extend our lead…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 8-0 LEIGH 🟡⚫


BIG @engywamlsey breaks through and is powering down field for the try line! He is brought down, but offloads to Coooote who is taken out high and he will go for the two…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 6-0 LEIGH 🟡⚫


Leigh win back-to-back set restarts, but throw a loose pass that Welsby grasps on to, only for the ball to be stolen one-on-one. The Leythers come forward again, but we defend it well.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 6-0 LEIGH 🟡⚫


We win consecutive sets, but Simm can’t grasp the ball with numbers on our right and Leigh break away only for Coooooote to stop Russell on half way…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 6-0 LEIGH 🟡⚫


Leigh look to respond as a kick comes through and Ben Hellewell is inches away from grounding the ball, but referee Tom Grant says it had ran dead.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 6-0 LEIGH 🟡⚫

Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooooooooooote nails the touchline conversion attempt!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 6-0 LEIGH 🟡⚫

Regan Grace for Saints

REGANNN! The perfect start as Coooote finds Grace in the corner with a cut-out pass and he goes over for the opening score!

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Jake Wingfield features for the first time since his shoulder injury and starts on the bench. He could make his fourth appearance of the season…

Ready for kick off!

Time to get warm boys! 💪

Jake Wingfield features for the first time since his shoulder injury and starts on the bench. He could make his fourth appearance of the season…

Aaron Smith also starts at hooker with James Roby on the bench in waiting if we need him!

Great to see Josh Simm get his chance to shine tonight!

Head over to our social media channels to hear from Kristian Woolf who sheds some light into his team selection with Captain James Roby on the bench and Aaron Smith, Josh Simm and Jake Wingfield getting chances!

Here is how your Saints line up this evening….

We can’t wait to welcome you all inside a sunny Totally Wicked Stadium!

Today will also see us pay our respects to those Saints fans and players who have sadly passed away in 2021. The names are in our matchday programme and will be read out. We will also hold a minutes applause tonight.

You can also read our digital matchday programme. Either scan the QR Code with your phone below or head over to our news section and follow the links!

Head over to our news section to read all the pre-match news in our Match Preview story!

It’s Gameday! We host Leigh Centurions here at the Totally Wicked Stadium with kick off at 7:45pm!

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