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SAINTS BEATEN IN TIGHT CONTEST AGAINST WARRINGTON

A solitary Ben Currie try for the visitors was enough, as a below-par Saints suffered our second defeat of the season on Thursday evening at the hands of Warrington at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

It was a tight opening 10 minutes with the Saints forced to defend their line early on and the visitors forcing a dropout, but we stood firm.

Saints did open the scoring with a Lachlan Coote penalty in the 13th minute, Alex Walmsley with a big run under the sticks, but the Wire were penalised for a ball steal and our number one gave us the early 2-0 lead.

Warrington replied 10 minutes later. A break down the left wing from Tom Lineham resulted in him finding the supporting Ben Currie on his inside and the second rower strolled under the sticks. Gareth Widdop added the extra two, 6-2 Warrington led just over halfway into the first half.

The visitors had a chance to extend their lead in the final minute of the first half. They were awarded a penalty after Tommy Makinson supposedly ran behind Agnatius Paasi. The decision looked harsh. Gareth Widdop went for two from 40 metres out, but his penalty went well wide of the sticks as Saints trailed 6-2 in a tight opening 40 minutes at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Saints started the second half much better, forcing an early goal-line dropout from the visitors. We were unable to take advantage though, as the visitors defence stood firm.

Wire thought they had extended their lead a few minutes later, but Stefan Ratchford’s score was ruled out for a Blake Austin forward pass in the build up. We then went close with our own effort a minute later, but Joe Batchelor was stopped a metre short of the try-line on the last tackle.

With six minutes left Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook almost dragged a few Wire defenders over the try-line with him after picking up a loose ball, but he was stopped just short of the line before the momentum was lost after the doctors were on again for Warrington.

This was however the start of three consecutive Saints sets on the Warrington line. As the pressure built, Makinson flew over in the corner in typical spectacular fashion, but the try was ruled out for a supposed forward pass from Jonny Lomax.

That was the final chance of the game for either side, as the second half ended the way the first half had finished. 6-2 to Warrington.

Saints Team: Lachlan Coote, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, 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, Joe Batchelor, Lewis Dodd.

Penalties: Lachlan Coote (1 from 1)

Warrington Wolves Team: Stefan Ratchford, Tom Lineham, Jake Mamo, Toby King, Josh Charnley, Blake Austin, Gareth Widdop, Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Jack Hughes, Joe Philbin.

Interchanges: Robbie Mulhern, Matt Davis, Sitaleki Akauola, Danny Walker.

Tries: Ben Currie (23)

Goals: Gareth Widdop (1 from 1)

Penalties: Gareth Widdop (0 from 1)

HT: 2-6

FT: 2-6

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Warrington Wolves Line up

1Stefan Ratchford
2Tom Lineham
3Jake Mamo
4Toby King
5Josh Charnley
6Blake Austin
7Gareth Widdop
8Chris Hill
9Daryl Clark
10Michael Cooper
11Ben Currie
12Jack Hughes
13Joe Philbin
14Robbie Mulhern
15Matt Davis
16Sitaleki Akauola
17Danny Walker

Last updated 17 Jul 21 18:37:36

Thank you for joining us. Next up Saints travel to Hull KR on Friday. We will see you then.

80'

FT: 😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

No score in the second 40 meaning it’s defeat for Saints.

78'

Saints have the ball in the Warrington half with a full set. Last chance!

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

77'

Makinson dives over in the corner!! But the referee deems Lomax’s pass as forward…..

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

Can the skipper inspire a later winner?

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

75'

Back to back penalties for Saints. Another set on the Warrington line. The pressure is building……..Five to go!

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

74'

LMS wins the ball back off Toby King and is held up just short. We have a pause in play as the doctor is on.

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

73'

We are on the attack as Makinson hits a great line and takes four Warrington players out. Third tackle in the Wire half…Can we make it count?

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

68'

Great defence from Saints but another error, this time from Mata’utia gifts Warrington the ball back. 12 to go. Four the difference.

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

64'

Lewis Dodd is on for Robes and the youngster is straight into the action as Big Al makes a break, the offload goes to ground and Ratchford knocks on under pressure from Doddy.

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

Fages trying to make something happen in attack. Just under 20 to go here in St Helens!

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😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

60'

Big Al is back on as Batchelor makes way. Will he be the difference?

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

58'

Knowles and LMS are on for the impressive Paasi and Amor. A much better showing from the Saints in the second half, but nothing to show for it, yet…

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

56'

We continue to press and Fages’ grubber looks like it’s perfect for Welsby, but he is blatantly barged off the ball and we win a penalty! Come on boys!

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

Go get em’ Iggy! 💪

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#COYS

51'

Warrington think they have scored as Charnley breaks through and feeds Ratchford, but the referee pulls it back, after a delay, for a forward pass.

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

47'

We come forward again and the set results in Fages’ grubber just running dead. Warrington break through Mamo and are on the attack. It’s end-to-end!

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

46'

We come again as Fages’ grubber so nearly results in Welsby touching down, but the Warrington defender gets back to pounce on the ball…Better Saints!

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

44'

Batchelor knocks on and the pressure is relieved as Warrington come away with it…

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

43'

Saints win back-to-back penalties – the latter inside the Warrington half. A chance to strike early in this second half…

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

41'

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

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

40'

HT: 😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

Ben Currie’s try the difference at the break. Work to be done.

39'

Widdop’s kick drifts wide of the sticks.

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

38'

Makinson on the attack, but Chris Kendall pulls it up for crossing. Warrington will go for the two inside the Saints half.

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

38'

Warrington look to move the ball on the last, but Ratchford knocks on under no challenge – to jeers around the Totally Wicked Stadium.

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

35'

Saints look to move the ball from left to right, but Naiqama can’t hold on to Lomax’s pass and Warrington have it back. Morgan Knowles comes off as Joe Batchelor is on.

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

Can this man make something happen?

27'

LMS and Big Al make way for Kyle Amor and Iggy Paasi!

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

25'
Goal
Gareth Widdop for Warrington Wolves

Widdop adds the two.

😇 SAINTS 2-6 WOLVES 🐺

24'
Try
Ben Currie for Warrington Wolves

Warrington score as Lineham breaks free and finds the supporting Ben Currie.

😇 SAINTS 2-4 WOLVES 🐺

It’s a battle so far!

16'

Warrington look to open up space on the wings, but as the ball finds its way to Widdop, he is trapped on the last and again Saints defend well.

😇 SAINTS 2-0 WOLVES 🐺

14'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooooote makes no mistake and kicks the first points of the game!

😇 SAINTS 2-0 WOLVES 🐺

13'

A Big set from Saints results in Big Alex Walmsley winning a penalty under the sticks. Coooote will go for the two…..

😇 SAINTS 0-0 WOLVES 🐺

12'

The first 10 minutes have flown by with no real opportunities as both defences are on top.

😇 SAINTS 0-0 WOLVES 🐺

8'

The Saints defend back-to-back Warrington sets and we have it back. Time to make some yards, boys!

😇 SAINTS 0-0 WOLVES 🐺

4'

Warrington on the attack and Widdop’s grubber is fumbled by Coooote, but Fages is there to tap behind. Another set for the Wire.

😇 SAINTS 0-0 WOLVES 🐺

1'

Here we go! We are off and underway at a sunny Totally Wicked Stadium! 🔴⚪

#COYS

The boys are out for warm ups! Kick off is next!

Captain James Roby was joined by Warrington skipper Jack Hughes to sign the ball which will kick off the Mose ‘Walk and Talk’ challenge which will start outside the stadium!

The boss says it’s great to have Agnatius Paasi back and he says he’s looking forward to a BIG game ahead! Check out the video on our Twitter account.

Here is how we will line up this evening…

On the field….stay tuned for team news – up next!

Our COVID-19 drop-in clinic is underway here at the Totally Wicked Stadium!

💉 Eligible ticket holders for tonight’s game can visit the drop-in clinic which will be located in the ‘Wide to West’ kiosk in the West Stand from 6pm. Entry to the clinic can 𝙊𝙉𝙇𝙔 be gained from outside the stadium

We will have team news for yiu around 6:15pm…Before then, remind yourself of our 21 man squad. Who do you want to start the game?

Captain James Roby will kick off the Mose Masoe ‘Walk and Talk’ challenge tonight as he joins the Warrington captain in signing a ball which will make its journey across the UK – starting here in St Helens!

Before attending today, make sure you read our fan guidance document – again this is available on our homepage!

A reminder that if you are attending tonight’s game, you can pop in – without an appointment – and receive your free covid-19 jab in the Wide to West Kiosk. All the details are on our homepage!

You can also warm-up for the game by downloading our FREE matchday e-programme. Just scan the QR code below with your mobile phone camera or alternatively head over to our homepage for the link!

Head over to our homepage and check out our match preview story for all the pre-match news!

Welcome back to the Totally Wicked Stadium as Saints host rivals Warrington at 7:45pm live on Sky Sports. Who is excited?

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