Saints beat Dragons in Grand Final rematch!

Saints opened our 2022 campaign with a 28-8 win over the Catalans Dragons in a rematch of the 2021 Betfred Super League Grand Final!

The game got off to a fiery start. Gil Dudson returned the Saints kick off and reacted to a tackle before being sent to the sin bin for ten minutes.

However the penalty was given to the Dragons and they worked the ball downfield and attempted a kick and chase which was fumbled by Jack Welsby in his own goal area. Luckily for Saints, the Dragons fumbled the ball themselves as they went to ground it so, after a video referee review, the decision was a scrum to the visitors and the score remained 0-0.

The Dragons did take the lead in the 13th minute mind. A kick out wide early in the set off the back of a penalty saw Fouad Yaha collect the ball and stroll in down their left-hand side. Sam Tomkins added the extras, 6-0.

The hosts had another good chance to score as Tom Davies broke half the length of the field before Jack Welsby caught him, the Saints number one also forcing a knock on in the process to give us the ball back.

Saints were able to grab their first try of the game just minutes after that crucial turnover. Sione Mata’utia made a break down the left-hand side and threw a great cut-out pass to Tommy Makinson on the left wing, he was able to keep his feet as he raced down the left touchline to score. Lewis Dodd was unable to add the extras. 6-4 we trailed.

Saints had another try a few minutes later. Debutant Konrad Hurrell made a big break down the right touchline before being tackled by the visitors, but he somehow got out an offload which allowed skipper James Roby to score in the right corner. Dodd was unable to add the extras, 8-6 we led.

Another score followed. Saints kept the ball alive as the attack looked over down the right-hand side, we worked the ball to Dodd who kicked and chased his own kick, and the four points were given after a video referee review. With Dodd carrying a knock, Makinson took over kicking duties but he dragged his kick wide, 12-6.

It wasn’t long before Makinson grabbed his second try of the evening. A massive break down the middle from Morgan Knowles put Saints in great field position, the ball was moved left and it ended with a cut-out Jonny Lomax pass to Makinson who strolled in for our fourth try of the half. Dodd took back the kicking duties following the try but it fell just short, 16-4.

Catalans were awarded a penalty close to the hooter in front of the Saints sticks, Tomkins adding the two points to make it 16-8 to the Saints at the break.

The first spell of pressure in the second half came from the visitors, however some good resilient defence form the Saints kept them out. We then worked our way to the other end of the pitch and that resulted in a penalty in front of the sticks, which Dodd converted to make it 18-8.

Another Saints chance followed as Dodd made a break downfield and found the supporting Welsby, however he was stopped just before the try-line and then Catalans defenders retreated before Saints could play the ball.

As the game entered the closing stages, Dylan Napa was sent off for the visitors for a high shot on Mark Percival, who had to go off for a concussion assessment.

We made the most of our extra man advantage. A penalty helped move us downfield and debutant Joey Lussick spotted a gap from dummy half and exploited it to score to the left of the sticks! Dodd added the extras, 24-8 we led.

We weren’t finished there either. Catalans tried a move down the short side and Tomkins’ pass was intercepted by another debutant in Hurrell who strolled away to score in the right corner. Dodd was unable to convert, 28-8.

Match Summary

Saints Team:Β Jack Welsby, Will Hopoate, Konrad Hurrell, Mark Percival, Tommy Makinson, Jonny Lomax, Lewis Dodd, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Matty Lees, Sione Mata’utia, Joe Batchelor, Morgan Knowles.

Interchanges:Β Joey Lussick, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Agnatius Paasi, Curtis Sironen.

Tries:Β Tommy Makinson (23, 38), James Roby (28), Lewis Dodd (34), Joey Lussick (74), Konrad Hurrell (78)

Conversions:Β Lewis Dodd (1 from 5), Tommy Makinson (0 from 1)

Penalties:Β Lewis Dodd (1 from 1)

Catalans Dragons Team:Β Sam Tomkins, Tom Davies, Samisoni Langi, Dean Whare, Fouad Yaha, Mitchell Pearce, Josh Drinkwater, Gil Dudson, Michael McIlorum, Dylan Napa, Matt Whitley, Mike McMeekan, Benjamin Garcia.

Interchanges:Β Julian Bousquet, Jordan Dezaria, Sam Kasiano, Tyrone May.

Tries:Β Fouad Yaha (13),

Conversions:Β Sam Tomkins (1 from 1)

Penalties:Β Sam Tomkins (1 from 1)

Sin Bin:Β Gil Dudson (1)

Sent Off:Β Dylan Napa (71)

HT:Β 16-8

FT:Β 28-8

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Catalans Dragons Line up

1Sam Tomkins
2Tom Daives
3Samisoni Langi
4Dean Whare
5Fouad Yaha
6Mitchell Pearce
7Josh Drinkwater
8Gil Dudson
9Micky Mcilorum
10Dylan Napa
11Matt Whitley
12Mike McMeeken
13Benjamin Garcia
14Julian Bousquet
15Tyrone May
16Jordan Dezaria
17Sam Kasiano

Last updated 19 May 22 21:50:58

80'

FT: πŸ˜‡ Saints 28-8 Catalans 🐲

We kick off our title campaign with a ‘W’!

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79'

Dodd’s kick drifts just wide as we approach the hooter…

πŸ˜‡ Saints 28-8 Catalans 🐲

79'
Try
Konrad Hurrell for Saints

KONIIIIIIIII! Gets in on the act as he intercepts and strolls in!! He has deserved that!

πŸ˜‡ Saints 28-8 Catalans 🐲

76'
Goal
Lewis Dodd for Saints

Dodd slots over the two from right in front…

πŸ˜‡ Saints 24-8 Catalans 🐲

75'
Try
Joey Lussick for Saints

JOEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!! The little man picks the ball up from dummy half and darts over for a try on debut!!

πŸ˜‡ Saints 22-8 Catalans 🐲

72'
Yellow Card
Morgan Knowles for Saints

Knowles is sent to the bin for his reaction.

πŸ˜‡ Saints 18-8 Catalans 🐲

72'
Red Card
Dylan Napa for Catalans Dragons

Dylan Napa is shown a red card for a high shot on Percival. Nasty one that.

πŸ˜‡ Saints 18-8 Catalans 🐲

64'

Dodd with the lovely trademark jinc to break through the Dragons line. The ball finds its way to Lomax, but his pass comes off a Catalans player and in touch. We get it back…

πŸ˜‡ Saints 18-8 Catalans 🐲

60'

Big Curtis Sironen is on for his Club debut as Mata’utia makes way. Go get em’ Siro!!

πŸ˜‡ Saints 18-8 Catalans 🐲

57'

Joey Lussick is on for his competitive Saints debut as Knowles makes way…

πŸ˜‡ Saints 18-8 Catalans 🐲

54'
Goal
Lewis Dodd for Saints

Welsby steals the ball off Pearce before we win the penalty in front of the sticks. Dodd converts.

πŸ˜‡ Saints 18-8 Catalans 🐲

Hoppa putting in a good stint on his competitive debut…

50'

Hurrell, who has had a fine game so far, tries to offload in the tackle, but knocks on. The Dragons have a set on our line…

πŸ˜‡ Saints 16-8 Catalans 🐲

47'

We have started the second half brightly as Mata’utia clatters big Sam Kasiano, but a knock on from Lomax hands Catalans the ball back.

πŸ˜‡ Saints 16-8 Catalans 🐲

41'

We are back underway in the second half…COYS!

πŸ˜‡ Saints 16-8 Catalans 🐲

40'

HT: πŸ˜‡ Saints 16-8 Catalans 🐲

We lead at the break through two from Makinson plus scores from Roby and Dodd!

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39'
Goal
Sam Tomkins for Catalans Dragons

Dodd’s kick falls just short before Catalans win a penalty 30 seconds before the break and Tomkins kicks the two.

πŸ˜‡ Saints 16-8 Catalans 🐲

38'
Try
Tommy Makinson for Saints

WE ARE IN AGAIN! Tommy has his second! Iggy Paasi offloads to Knowles who breaks through before the ball finds its way to Lomax who finds Makinson outwide with the cut-out pass!

πŸ˜‡ Saints 16-6 Catalans 🐲

35'

Makinson who takes up kicking duties this time misses, but we have extended our lead!

πŸ˜‡ Saints 12-6 Catalans 🐲

34'
Try
Lewis Dodd for Saints

DODDY!!! Hurrell again with the offload. The ball finds its way to Lewis Dodd who goes through a gap, kicks through, picks it up and scores in front of the West stand!!

πŸ˜‡ Saints 12-6 Catalans 🐲

YES @TommyMak21!!

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30'

Dodd’s kick again just misses, but we are in front with 10 to go in this first half!

πŸ˜‡ Saints 8-6 Catalans 🐲

28'
Try
James Roby for Saints

ROBESSSSSSS! Konrad Hurrell bursts down the right, picking off two or three defenders before offloading to our supporting captain who goes over!

πŸ˜‡ Saints 8-6 Catalans 🐲

25'

Dodd’s kick misses, but we are back in this one.

πŸ˜‡ Saints 4-6 Catalans 🐲

23'
Try
Tommy Makinson for Saints

T MAKKKKKKKK! Mata’utia with the break and he finds Makinson out wide with a cut-out pass! Get in!!

πŸ˜‡ Saints 4-6 Catalans 🐲

20'

Tom Davies breaks through, but Welsby is there to save the day bringing him down and then forcing the knock on…Before Big Al at the other end bursts through, but it comes to nothing.

πŸ˜‡ Saints 0-6 Catalans 🐲

Big Al on the charge!

16'

From the restart, Matty Lees hits Dudson with a big shot and again it boils over…

πŸ˜‡ Saints 0-6 Catalans 🐲

15'
Goal
Sam Tomkins for Catalans Dragons

Tomkins kicks the two.

πŸ˜‡ Saints 0-6 Catalans 🐲

14'
Try
Fouad Yaha for Catalans Dragons

Yaha goes over after Drinkwater’s cross field kick finds the winger on the far side.

πŸ˜‡ Saints 0-4 Catalans 🐲

12'

The Dragons are back to 13 as Dudson returns from his sin-binning and it’s the French outfit on the attack…

πŸ˜‡ Saints 0-0 Catalans 🐲

10'

10 minutes in and it’s end to end with both sides exchanging sets after a frantic start full of penalties.

πŸ˜‡ Saints 0-0 Catalans 🐲

5'

Percival catches the Catalans player high and a penalty is given. The Dragons opted to run it rather than take the two…and we get it back!

πŸ˜‡ Saints 0-0 Catalans 🐲

4'

Catalans were awarded the penalty and have kicked through. Jack Welsby, in at full back, knocks on facing his in-goal and Yaha touches the ball down. It goes upstairs, but it’s NO try.

πŸ˜‡ Saints 0-0 Catalans 🐲

2'
Yellow Card
Gil Dudson for Catalans Dragons

It’s taken less than two minutes for this game to come alive as Gil Dudson is sent to the bin early on after a reaction off the ball…

πŸ˜‡ Saints 0-0 Catalans 🐲

1'

We are off and underway at the Totally Wicked Stadium as we kick off the 2022 Super League season! πŸ”΄βšͺ

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

Curtis Sironen is on the bench and could make his debut tonight…

Here is how your Saints line up this evening!

Team news will be with you around 6:30pm! Stay tuned…

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