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SAINTS NIL SALFORD IN FRONT OF FANS

4,000 Saints fans were in attendance at the Totally Wicked Stadium for the first time in 14 months, as Saints nilled Salford to maintain our 100% start to the 2021 campaign.

Saints’ defence was tested early on, as the visitors had several sets on the hosts line but couldn’t score any points, Kallum Watkins going closest as he fumbled the ball as he was tackled going over the try line. Jack Welsby and Mark Percival were then both held up inches short of the try line at the other end.

It took 25 minutes for the first points of the game. Saints threw the ball around and as Salford scrambled back in defence, Alex Walsmley was fed the ball five metres out and the prop was not to be stopped as he muscled his way over from close range. Lachlan Coote added the extras, 6-0 Saints led.

Aaron Smith looked to have increased our lead just before the break, but the referee judged it as a double movement as the hooker stretched to plant the ball over the line. We had another ruled out as the hooter went as James Roby threw a pass out wide to Kevin Naiqama but Joel Thompson was judged to have obstructed a Salford defender, 6-0 we led at the break.

Saints opened the second half with a potential try of the month contender. Theo Fages collected a kick in the middle of the pitch, he made a break and found Coote, who then found Welsby, he then found Fages again on his inside and he finished the move that he started. Coote added the extras, 12-0.

Kevin Naiqama then prevented a certain Salford try just before the hour mark with a great intercept, he was caught by the Salford defenders though as he broke away and Saints were unable to punish the visitors error, as Welsby dropped the ball with the try line beckoning.

We did extend our lead a few minutes later though. A flowing move from left to right saw Coote throw a cut-out pass wide to Naiqama, and the Fijian pulled off a Tommy Makinson esque finish to score in the right corner. Coote’s conversion attempt from the right touchline bounced out off the post, 16-0.

Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook was then fed the ball close to the Salford line after a kick play the ball from Saints and he forced his way over. Coote added the extras, 22-0 we led.

Saints added their fifth and final try on the hooter. After Smith was held up over the line, we threw the ball out left and Regan Grace collected a Welsby pass to finish spectacularly in the corner. Coote nailed the conversion from the left touchline, as Saints beat Salford 28-0 at the Totally Wicked Stadium and our fans certainly enjoyed it.

Saints Team: Lachlan Coote, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Jack Welsby, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Joel Thompson, Sione Mata’utia, Morgan Knowles

Interchanges: Kyle Amor, Agnatius Paasi, Aaron Smith, Joe Batchelor

Tries: Alex Walmsley (25), Theo Fages (43), Kevin Naiqama (60), Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook (68), Regan Grace (80)

Conversions: Lachlan Coote (4 from 5)

Salford Red Devils Team: Dan Sarginson, Ken Sio, Kallum Watkins, Matt Costello, Rhys Williams, Tui Lolohea, Kevin Brown, Lee Mossop, Andy Ackers, Greg Burke, James Greenwood, Ryan Lannon, Elijah Taylor

Interchanges: Pauli Pauli, Chris Atkin, Seb Ikahihifo, Jack Ormondroyd

Tries: 

Conversions: 

HT: 6-0

FT: 28-0

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Salford Red Devils Line up

1Dan Sarginson
2Ken Sio
3Kallum Watkins
4Matty Costello
5Rhys Williams
6Tui Lolohea
7Kevin Brown
8Lee Mossop
9Andy Ackers
10Greg Burke
11James Greenwood
12Ryan Lannon
13Elijah Taylor
14Pauli Pauli
15Chris Atkin
16Sebastine Ikahihifo
17Jack Ormondroyd

Last updated 17 Jun 21 22:32:30

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80'

FT: 🔴⚪ SAINTS 28-0 SALFORD 👹

A win for YOU, the fans!

80'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooote adds the icing on the cake!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 28-0 SALFORD 👹

79'
Try
Regan Grace for Saints

On the hooter! Regan Grace goes over in the corner top off a solid win from the boys!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 26-0 SALFORD 👹

LMS goes over…

📸 @plattyphoto

#COYS

75'

Yet again Saints’ defence stands tall and keeps Salford at bay! Five minutes to go as Thompson makes way for Batchelor…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 22-0 SALFORD 👹

72'

Robes makes way for Paasi for the final 8 minutes. Another solid stint from our skipper!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 22-0 SALFORD 👹

71'

We are nearly in again, but Percy can’t pick up the grubber and Salford survive.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 22-0 SALFORD 👹

69'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooote adds the two from the left hand side!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 22-0 SALFORD 👹

68'
Try
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook for Saints

LMSSSSS! We’ve been waiting to post this one! Saints go on the short side and our cheeky southerner is there to touch down!

@louiems14 😘

🔴⚪ SAINTS 20-0 SALFORD 👹

67'

Paasi and Amor are off as LMS and Smith come on…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-0 SALFORD 👹

How’s that for a finish!

📸 @plattyphoto

#COYS

64'

We come forward again and Fages is so close to touching down but the ball is kicked dead and we will have our third consecutive set!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-0 SALFORD 👹

61'

Coooote’s kick strikes the post and comes out. Big Al is back on for Batchelor.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-0 SALFORD 👹

60'
Try
Kevin Naiqama for Saints

KEVVVVY! Our flying Fijian isn’t to be denied this time as Coooote’s cut-out pass finds the stand-in winger on the right and he flies over in style!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 16-0 SALFORD 👹

57'

WHAT DEFENCE FROM SAINTS! Brilliant scrambling from Saints keeps Salford out before Naiqama intercepts and so nearly breaks through but Lolohea is there to stop him!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 12-0 SALFORD 👹

56'

Percy goes up to catch the high bomb, but fumbles and Salford have a set on the Saints line…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 12-0 SALFORD 👹

Sioneeee on the charge!

📸 @plattyphoto

🔴⚪ SAINTS 12-0 SALFORD 👹

44'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote makes no mistake with the two to extend our lead!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 12-0 SALFORD 👹

43'
Try
Theo Fages for Saints

WHAT A TRY THAT IS! Fages picks up a loose ball on half-way, finds Coote, who finds Welsby and he feeds our little Frenchman who was there again to finish the move!!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 10-0 SALFORD 👹

41'

We are back underway for the second half and good news for Saints as Lomax has passed his head assessment and is back out there…COYS! 🔴⚪

🔴⚪ SAINTS 6-0 SALFORD 👹

40'

HT: 🔴⚪ SAINTS 6-0 SALFORD 👹

We take a narrow lead into the break after @engywalmsley try! Work to be done in the second half…💪

39'

This time Naiqama has a score ruled out for apparent crossing…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 6-0 SALFORD 👹

37'

The lively Smith at dummy half thinks he’s scored, but he is penalised for a double movement…the Saints fans don’t like it!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 6-0 SALFORD 👹

33'

Joe Batchelor is on for Knowles who takes a breather. Heading into the final 10 minutes of this action-packed first half…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 6-0 SALFORD 👹

32'

Big Al now makes way for Kyle Amor as Salford win a set restart in the Saints half…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 6-0 SALFORD 👹

💪 @engywalmsley powers his way over!

📸 @plattyphoto

#COYS

28'

Agnatius Paasi is on for LMS as Lomax is clattered off the ball by Sarginson – and he is off for a head assessment…Smith is on in his place…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 6-0 SALFORD 👹

26'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Cooooooooooooote adds the two and we lead!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 6-0 SALFORD 👹

25'
Try
Alex Walmsley for Saints

BIG ALLLLLL! The big man powers his way over for the first score of the game after latching onto a ball from Morgan Knowles! The west stand erupts! GET IN!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 4-0 SALFORD 👹

The skipper…

📸 @plattyphoto

#COYS

23'

Salford then knock on before they are then penalised for offside. Here come the Saints…It’s end to end!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 0-0 SALFORD 👹

22'

A lovely offload from Welsby finds the supporting Roby, before Fages’ grubber is pounced upon by a Salford defender. The Devils then win consecutive penalties…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 0-0 SALFORD 👹

19'

Saints attack through the powering Walmsley before Lomax dinks a ball over the top, but Sarginson is there to mop up for Salford. A tight game so far…Can we find the breakthrough?

🔴⚪ SAINTS 0-0 SALFORD 👹

Big @engywalmsley with the hand off!

📸 @plattyphoto

#COYS

15'

The ball is swung out to this left side into the hands of Welsby, but he is held up and Salford force the turn-over…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 0-0 SALFORD 👹

13'

Saints see it out well again and we come forward through Grace…before Salford are penalised for a ball steal and we win the penalty. Cooooote kicks for touch…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 0-0 SALFORD 👹

12'

Brown’s kick through is chased down by Lolohea and knocked dead by the covering Lomax. Salford will come again…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 0-0 SALFORD 👹

12'

But Mata’uita’s pass fails to find the hands of Lomax and Salford now have it back in the Saints half….

🔴⚪ SAINTS 0-0 SALFORD 👹

11'

Great defence from Saints sees Rhys Williams trapped on the last and we come away with it…

🔴⚪ SAINTS 0-0 SALFORD 👹

8'

LMS knocks on for Saints on half-way before they win a penalty for a high shot. Time to defend, boys!

🔴⚪ SAINTS 0-0 SALFORD 👹

Morgan Knowles, always believe in your Soulllll. You are GOLD! 🎵

📸 Great to see @morgsknowles back!

#COYS

4'

Andy Ackers of Salford has made way for a head assessment before Alex Walmsley breaks through and feeds the supporting Knowles, but the play results in Lomax’s pass finding touch.

🔴⚪ SAINTS 0-0 SALFORD 👹

1'

We are off and underway here a rocking Totally Wicked Stadium! COYS! 🔴⚪

🔴⚪ SAINTS 0-0 SALFORD 👹

Before kick off we will hold a minutes silence in remembrance of all those who have lost their lives over the past 15 months… 💖

All smiles – kick off is next!

The boys are buzzing!

Look who is back!

Enjoy the game!

We love to see it! 🙂

Welcome Home!!!

A familiar face in the opposition dug-out this evening….Head over to the ‘line up’ tab above to check out the Salford team where former Saint Matty Costello starts!

“It’s a special occasion. We have spoken all week how much we missed the fans and we can’t wait!

On the return of Knowles: “He is a player who has a real big impact on our team so I am looking forward to seeing him!”

This is how we will line up this evening…

Back to this evening’s action and we cannot wait to welcome you home once again! Stay tuned for all the build up including team news which will be with you around 6:15pm…

It’s also worth noting the Ballot for Betfred Semi Final tickets closes this evening at 11:59pm so make sure your in the hat to support the Saints against Hull! Again visit our homepage for all the info…

If you are attending today’s fixture, we also advise you to read our Fan Guidance document which can be accessed via our Match Preview story or via our news section.

Why not have a read of our FREE Matchday E-Programme. Simply scan the QR code with your mobile phone below (or visit our homepage) to hear words from the Chairman and Captain and much more!

To get you warmed up for tonight’s game, head over to our homepage or news section and click on our preview story to read everything from squad news, the match officials and parking!

The day has arrived! Finally we can welcome up to 4,000 of you into our Totally Wicked Stadium! Saints host Salford with kick off at 7:45pm and we will have all the build up and action for you right here….

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