Young Saints side beaten despite spirited effort

A young Saints side consisting of seven debutants, suffered only our second defeat of the Betfred Super League season on Friday evening after a 30-10 defeat to Castleford Tigers at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

There were debuts for Jumah Sambou, Widnes signing, Danny Hill plus half back Daniel Moss whilst Lewis Baxter, Taylor Pemberton, George Delaney and McKenzie Buckley made their first Saints appearances from the bench.

But it was the worst possible start for Saints as Cas took a first minute lead. Jason Qareqare made a break down the left wing and hurdled some Saints challenges to score in the corner. The try was awarded following a video referee review. Gareth O’Brien missed the kick, 4-0 Saints trailed.

The hosts threatened again two minutes later, but Saints stood firm in defence and forced Derrell Olpherts into touch as he dove for the corner. Saints had a chance to hit-back as a high Ben Davies kick was dropped by James Clare in Castleford territory. Unfortunately for the young Red Vee side, Shay Martyn was pushed into touch as he dove for the corner so the score remained 4-0.

The Tigers then threatened again and had numbers down their left-hand side, but Saints’ great scrambling defence stopped Mahe Fonua before he could ground the ball on the last tackle. Another Cas chance came and went, as a massive hit from James Bell forced O’Brien to fumble the ball as the hosts camped on the Saints line.

It took until the 26th minute for Castleford to strengthen their lead. After being awarded a penalty on the Saints line they opted to run the ball, a couple of tackles in the ball was thrown from left to right and Olpherts finished in the corner. O’Brien missed the conversion, 8-0.

The Cas lead was increased shortly before the interval. A break down the right-hand side this time gave the hosts extra numbers and Jake Trueman was able to stroll over after collecting a pass from the wing. Paul McShane converted, 14-0.

Cas could have had one more try in the final minute of the first half as Qareqare tried a spectacular dive in the corner, but a massive (and we mean MASSIVE) hit from Ben Davies forced the winger into touch.

Castleford thought they had their fourth try at the start of the second half. More repeated pressure on the Saints line following a penalty saw Qareqare try to go over in the corner, however great scrambling defence from Sambou forced the winger into touch.

The fourth Castleford try did follow in the 49th minute. A move from left to right ended with Olpherts going over in the right corner again. McShane missed the kick, 18-0.

Saints did grab a hard-earned try in the 62nd minute. After continued pressure on the Cas line the ball was worked from left to right and on the last tackle Josh Simm got away a good offload to Jumah Sambou who finished Tommy Makinson esque in the corner! Shay Martyn missed the conversion, Saints trailed 18-4.

Saints continued their momentum by adding a second try two minutes later and the fans loved it. Saints forced an error off the back of a great Daniel Moss kick, a few tackles after the error the ball was worked to Bell who fought hard and swivelled to score to the left of the sticks. Martyn converted, 18-10.

But from the kick off, the hosts forced a Saints error and scrambling Saints defence was unable to stop a Liam Watts offload to Joe Westerman, who scored under the sticks. McShane converted, 24-10.

The hosts added a sixth try as we entered the final ten minutes. Fonua cut back inside from the left wing and was able to score to the left of the sticks. McShane converted, 30-10.

Saints could have had a third try in the final seconds as Bell threw a great cut-out pass to Martyn on the left wing, however the ball was knocked out of his hands as he dove for the line. That was to be the final play of the game, but it was a valiant effort and a night that will live long in the memory of our seven debutants.

Match Summary

Castleford Tigers Team:Β James Clare, Derrell Olpherts, Jake Mamo, Mahe Fonua, Jason Qareqare, Jake Trueman, Gareth O’Brien, Liam Watts, Paul McShane, George Griffin, Kenny Edwards, George Lawler, Joe Westerman.

Interchanges:Β Adam Milner, Nathan Massey, Daniel Smith, Brad Martin.

Tries:Β Jason Qareqare (1), Derrell Olpherts (26, 49), Jake Trueman (35), Liam Watts (66), Mahe Fonua (71)

Conversions:Β Gareth O’Brien (0 from 2), Paul McShane (3 from 4)

Saints Team:Β Jon Bennison, Jumah Sambou, Josh Simm, Daniel Hill, Shay Martyn, Ben Davies, Daniel Moss, Kyle Amor, Joey Lussick, Dan Norman, Sam Royle, James Bell, Jake Wingfield.

Interchanges:Β Lewis Baxter, Tyler Pemberton, George Delaney, McKenzie Buckley.

Tries:Β Jumah Sambou (61), James Bell (63)

Conversions:Β Shay Martyn (1 from 2)

HT:Β 14-0

FT:Β 30-10

Attendance:Β 7,649

Saints Line up

5 Jonathan Bennison
27 Jumah Sambou
21 Josh Simm
26 Dan Hill
32 Shay Martyn
21 Ben Davies
31 Daniel Moss
18 Kyle Amor
14 Joey Lussick
20 Dan Norman
22 Sam Royle
15 James Bell
18 Jake Wingfield
24 Lewis Baxter
29 Taylor Pemberton
20 George Delaney
27 McKenzie Buckley

Castleford Tigers Line up

1James Clare
2Derrell Olpherts
3Jake Mamo
4Mahe Fonua
5Balami Qareqare
6Jake Trueman
7Gareth O'Brien
8Liam Watts
9Paul McShane
10George Griffin
11Ken Edwards
12George Lawler
13Joe Westerman
14Adam Milner
15Nathan Massey
16Daniel Smith
17Bradley Martin

Last updated 22 Apr 22 21:44:42


FT: 🐯 Tigers 30-10 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

A valiant second half effort which saw Sambou and Bell score their first Saints tries, but it’s defeat for our young Saints in Castleford.



Bell finds Martyn who has the line begging, but Mamo puts in a try saver to deny him a score on debut.

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McShane knocks on and we have the scrum on half way with four to go…

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Paul McShane for Castleford Tigers

McShane adds the two.

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Mahe Fonua for Castleford Tigers

Fonua dances his way through.

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Paul McShane for Castleford Tigers

McShane adds the two.

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Joe Westerman for Castleford Tigers

Cas hit straight back after a Saints error. Westerman goes over.

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Shay Martyn for Saints

Martyn adds the two! COME ON YOU SAINTS!!!

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James Bell for Saints

OHHHH WAIIITT A MINUTEEE….James Bellllll turns and swivels and gets the ball down in front of the BOUNCING Saints away end for his first Saints try!! GAME ON!

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Shay Martyn’s kick misses, but we are back in this one with 19 to go!

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Jumah Sambou for Saints

JUMAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! We have our first TRY as the ball is moved to the right and Sambou flies over in Tommy Makinson style in the corner for a try on debut!!

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Saints win a set restart and come forward on the Tigers line, but Amor is held up…We will come again…

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Lussick has now hobbled off and hooker Taylor Pemberton is on for his Saints debut!

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Wingfield is down in back play after a nasty collision. Dan Norman and Kyle Amor are back on for Wingy and Delaney.

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McShane’s kick is missed.

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Derrell Olpherts for Castleford Tigers

Olpherts goes over again in the corner for Castleford.

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We come down the Tigers right, but Captain Royle is forced into touch.

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GREAT DEFENCE again from Saints as Sambou this time saves a certain try in the corner with a last-ditch tackle on QareQare!

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Cas win the penalty for obstruction and have a chance early in the second half…

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Bennison is off at the break and McKenzie Buckley is on for his Saints debut! Hill has gone tp full back…

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We are back underway in the second half…COYS! πŸ”΄βšͺ

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HT: 🐯 Tigers 14-0 Saints πŸ”΄βšͺ

Our young Saints trail at the break after a spirited first half…



WOW! WHAT A TACKLE from Ben Davies who saves a certain try as he Forces (with a capital F) QareQare into touch!

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Martyn goes up for the bomb, but can’t keep hold. Time to defend as we approach the break…

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Paul McShane for Castleford Tigers

McShane adds the two from the touchline.

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Jake Trueman for Castleford Tigers

Trueman goes over on the left after a break from Mamo.

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Amor is off and 18-year-old George Delaney is on for his debut!

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We move the ball to our left, but the pass to Bell is forward and the Tigers survive…

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Great work from Bennison traps Clare in his own-goal and we come forward again before Amor wins a penalty right in front. We will play on…

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Dan Norman is off and Lewis Baxter comes on for his Saints debut. Go well Baxter!!

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Derrell Olpherts for Castleford Tigers

The ball is moved to our left, Cas have the numbers and Olpherts goes over. The conversion attempt is missed.

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After claiming the high bomb, Sambou then unfortunately drops it and Cas have a chance on our line…

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We come forward, but Amor knocks on. But we get it back through Sambou who somehow stays in touch! Some game this!

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SAINTS DEFENCE!!!! Cas get back-to-back restarts but brilliant goal-line defence keeps the Tigers at bay before Bell forces the knock on!!

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Davies gets it back and starts the attack before Simm is held up just short. Davies gets it back from Lussick on the last, but his grubber runs dead.

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Danny Moss with a break and he feeds James Bell, but Belly can’t keep hold of the ball. Cas scrum in their own half.

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The Tigers keep the ball alive on the last and Ben Davies with some brilliant last ditch defence stops Fonua before he can touch down! Yes Boys!!

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Fonua holds off Simm to gain meters down our left but a combination of Sambou and Simm force him in touch…

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The ball is moved out to our left but Shay Martyn is forced in touch when going for the line!

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A lovely kick from Ben Davies playing in the halves today, spirals all over the place and Clare can’t hang on! CHANCE here…

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The Tigers kick goes up, it is batted down and comes off a Cas player into touch and we have the ball back in our own half…

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Cas on the attack again and move the ball to our left side, but great defence from the young Saints forces Olpherts in touch and we have it back!

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O’Brien’s touchline kick misses.

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Balami Qareqare for Castleford Tigers

Qareqare breaks down the left for Castleford and runs half the length of the field to score. It goes upstairs, but it’s given.

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HERE WE GO! We are off and underway at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle! πŸ”΄βšͺ


Come on, boys!

Kick off is next!

“It’s a special night for the players, families, me as a coach and the Club!”

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Sam Royle will captain the side tonight – a proud moment for him and his family!

Welcome to the Jungle, lads! πŸ‘‹

And forwards George Delaney and McKenzie Buckley are hoping for their shot!

Hooker Taylor Pemberton is the hooker from the bench…

There are also four Academy lads on the bench hoping to make their debuts…Lewis Baxter!

And Daniel Moss is in at half back!

Danny Hill, our signing from Widnes starts in the centre….

There’s debuts for 3 Saints from the off…Jumah Sambou starts on the wing!

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Our young Saints side to face Castleford!

πŸ“ The Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

One of those Saints who knows what it’s like to come through the Academy into the first team is Jake Wingfield. You can hear from him ahead of tonight’s game on our homepage.

A reminder of our 21 man squad ahead of tonight’s game and it includes up to 9 potential debutants. Who do you want to see make their first appearance in the Red Vee tonight? Team news will be with you at 6:30pm!

Make sure you read our match preview story on our homepage ahead of this evenings game…

Hello and welcome to our live match blog ahead of Saints trip to Castleford Tigers. Kick off from the Mend-A-Hose Jungle is at 8pm and the game is live on Sky Sports!