Saints end regular season with victory over Toulouse!

St Helens will head into the playoffs with a win behind them, after a come from behind victory over Toulouse Olympique 34-16 at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Saints kick off went out on the full and off the back of it Toulouse kicked to their left edge on the last tackle and kicked high, the ball was fumbled and Ilias Bergal reacted quickest to score. Former Wigan player Chris Hankinson was unable to convert, 4-0 we trailed.

Saints went close to a response in the ninth minute. Off the back of a penalty the ball was moved downfield, it was moved from left to right as Jack Welsby threw a cut-out pass to Tommy Makinson on the right wing, but he was judged to have stepped into touch as he dove for the corner.

The reply did come though, Jonny Lomax put Matty Lees through a gap and he found Joe Batchelor on his outside to stroll under the sticks. Makinson converted from in front of the sticks, 6-4 Saints led.

In a back and forth first half, it took until the 32nd minute for the third score of the game. Saints went down the short side and Jack Welsby found Curtis Sironen who broke through the Toulouse defence to stroll under the sticks and score. Makinson added the two from in front, 12-4.

Toulouse responded once again, Saints tried to kick downfield on the last but Nathan Peats charged the ball down and he raced away to pick up the ball under the Saints sticks and score. Hankinson converted, 12-10. Those were the final points of the first half, as Saints held a narrow two-point lead against the French side.

Toulouse re-took the lead early in the second half. Saints were harshly judged to have fumbled the ball in midfield, Toulouse broke down the middle and off the back of it Eloi Pelissier spotted a gap from dummy half to score. Hankinson converted, 16-12.

Saints then scored arguably their try of the season. Konrad Hurrell made a break down the right channel, he found Lomax on his inside who then passed to James Roby, he returned the pass to Lomax and he then found the supporting Lees who crossed to level the scores. Makinson converted, Saints led 18-16.

That lead was extended with thirteen minutes to go. Saints worked the ball to their right edge and Hurrell kicked ahead before winning the race to the loose ball to score in the corner. Makinson nailed the conversion from the right touchline to make it a two-score game, 24-16.

Another quickly followed. Saints worked the ball to their right edge and Makinson went over with a spectacular finish in the corner. He converted his own try from the touchline, 30-16.

The sixth and final Saints try came with three minutes to go. Jon Bennison made a great break down the middle of a tiring Toulouse defence, he then found the supporting Welsby whilst being tackled who juggled the ball before scoring under the sticks. Ben Lane took over the kicking duties and maintained the 100% record for the day, as Saints beat Toulouse Olympique 34-16 at the Totally Wicked Stadium on to end their regular season with a victory!

Match Summary

Saints Team: Jon Bennison, Tommy Makinson, Konrad Hurrell, Ben Davies, Ben Lane, Jack Welsby, Jonny Lomax, Agnatius Paasi, Joey Lussick, Matty Lees, Curtis Sironen, Joe Batchelor, Morgan Knowles.

Interchanges: James Roby, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, James Bell, Dan Norman.

Tries: Joe Batchelor (12), Curtis Sironen (32), Matty Lees (57), Konrad Hurrell (67), Tommy Makinson (72), Jack Welsby (77)

Conversions: Tommy Makinson (5 from 5), Ben Lane (1 from 1)

Toulouse Olympique Team: Oliver Ashall-Bott, Ilias Bergal, Mathieu Jussaume, Guy Armitage, Benjamin Laguerre, Joseph Paulo, Chris Hankinson, Lambert Belmas, Nathan Peats, Daniel Alvaro, Dominique Peyroux, Maxime Stefani, Anhony Marion.

Interchanges: Eloi Pelissier, Joseph Bretherton, Harrison Hansen, Justin Sangare.

Tries: Ilias Bergal (2), Nathan Peats (37), Eloi Pelissier (49)

Conversions: Chris Hankinson (2 from 3)

HT: 12-10

FT: 34-16

Attendance: 13,112

Saints Line up

5 Jonathan Bennison
2 Tommy Makinson
23 Konrad Hurrell
21 Ben Davies
26 Ben Lane
1 Jack Welsby
6 Jonny Lomax
17 Agnatius Paasi
James Roby
10 Matty Lees
16 Curtis Sironen
12 Joe Batchelor
13 Morgan Knowles
14 Joey Lussick
15 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
15 James Bell
20 Dan Norman

Toulouse Olympique Line up

1Oliver Ashall-Bott
2Ilias Bergal
3Mathieu Jussaume
4Guy Armitage
5Benjamin Laguerre
6Joseph Paulo
7Chris Hankinson
8Lambert Belmas
9Nathan Peats
10Daniel Alvaro
11Dominique Peyroux
12Maxime Stefani
13Anthony Marion
14Eloi Pelissier
15Joseph Bretherton
16Harrison Hansen
17Justin Sangare

Last updated 3 Sep 22 16:52:50


FT: 🔴⚪ Saints 36-16 Toulouse 🟣🔵

𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆-𝗼𝗳𝗳𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗼𝗳 𝗮 𝗪! ✅


Ben Lane for Saints

Ben Lane this time steps up and slots over his first Saints points!

🔴⚪ Saints 36-16 Toulouse 🟣🔵

Jack Welsby for Saints

SUPER JACK! But it was Bennison who handed it on a plate for him as he burst past three Toulouse defenders and fed Welsby on his inside!

🔴⚪ Saints 34-16 Toulouse 🟣🔵

A flying Makinson finish!

Tommy Makinson for Saints

Tommy converts his own try from the touchline!

🔴⚪ Saints 30-16 Toulouse 🟣🔵

Tommy Makinson for Saints

MORE LIKE IT SAINTS! Makinson flies in at the corner!

🔴⚪ Saints 28-16 Toulouse 🟣🔵

Tommy Makinson for Saints

Makinson from the touchline!

🔴⚪ Saints 24-16 Toulouse 🟣🔵

Konrad Hurrell for Saints

KONIIIIIIIIII! The big man barges down the right side, grubbers through, chases it down and gets it down before it runs dead! LOVE THAT!

🔴⚪ Saints 22-16 Toulouse 🟣🔵

Leezy loved that one!


Roby leading from the front as he forces the Toulouse player in touch and we get it back…

🔴⚪ Saints 18-16 Toulouse 🟣🔵


Sironen is held up as he goes for his second before Batchelor is trapped on the last.

🔴⚪ Saints 18-16 Toulouse 🟣🔵

Tommy Makinson for Saints

Makinson adds the two and we are back in front!

🔴⚪ Saints 18-16 Toulouse 🟣🔵

Matty Lees for Saints

WHAT A TRY! LEEZYYY with his first of the year! Hurrell, Roby and Lomax all keep the ball alive before Jonny feeds Leezy to go over!

🔴⚪ Saints 16-16 Toulouse 🟣🔵


Knowles is back on for LMS.

🔴⚪ Saints 12-16 Toulouse 🟣🔵


Hurrell feeds Makinson out the back, he darts down the wing, kicks inside, but a Toulouse defender is there to pick up.

🔴⚪ Saints 12-16 Toulouse 🟣🔵

Chris Hankinson for Toulouse Olympique

Hankinson converts. Roby is on for Lussick.

🔴⚪ Saints 12-16 Toulouse 🟣🔵

Eloi Pelissier for Toulouse Olympique

The touch judge calls a Hurrell knock on which looked harsh. Toulose go up the other end and Eloi Pelissier darts over from dummy half.

🔴⚪ Saints 12-14 Toulouse 🟣🔵


James Bell makes a break, but his pass to Welsby isn’t precise enough and Toulouse have it back.

🔴⚪ Saints 12-10 Toulouse 🟣🔵


More like it from Saints at the start of this second half as Hurrell and Lomax keep the ball alive, feed Batchelor on the outside who makes some yardage before we win a penalty.

🔴⚪ Saints 12-10 Toulouse 🟣🔵


We are back underway. Dan Norman has failed his HIA and he won’t be returning.

🔴⚪ Saints 12-10 Toulouse 🟣🔵



HT: 🔴⚪ Saints 12-10 Toulouse 🟣🔵

We take in a narrow lead at the break…


Chris Hankinson for Toulouse Olympique

Hankinson adds the two.

🔴⚪ Saints 12-10 Toulouse 🟣🔵

Nathan Peats for Toulouse Olympique

Nathan Peats charges down Welsby’s kick, chases the loose ball and touches down.

🔴⚪ Saints 12-8 Toulouse 🟣🔵


Norman has taken a nasty shot to his head and is off for a HIA. Lees is back on…

🔴⚪ Saints 12-4 Toulouse 🟣🔵


Tommy Makinson for Saints

Makinson adds the two from right in front!

🔴⚪ Saints 12-4 Toulouse 🟣🔵

Curtis Sironen for Saints

SIROOOOOOOOOOOO!! Welsby with the pass, Sironen shows good hands to pick it up down low and dart through a gap in the Toulouse defence to go over!

🔴⚪ Saints 10-4 Toulouse 🟣🔵


Saints win the penalty as Dan Norman is on for Lees. Lomax kicks for touch and we have a set in the Toulouse half.

🔴⚪ Saints 6-4 Toulouse 🟣🔵


James Bell is now on for Knowles as Welsby’s kick runs dead.

🔴⚪ Saints 6-4 Toulouse 🟣🔵


LMS is on for Paasi as Lussick goes for a 40-20 which falls just short.

🔴⚪ Saints 6-4 Toulouse 🟣🔵

That’s Batch’s 10th try of the season!



Davies looks to dart through a gap, the ball finds its way to Lomax, but Lees can’t keep hold of his pass and Toulouse get it back.

🔴⚪ Saints 6-4 Toulouse 🟣🔵


Sefa Paulo, playing his final game of his career kicks through, but it runs dead and we have it back…

🔴⚪ Saints 6-4 Toulouse 🟣🔵


Two errors from Saints in possession hand the visitors the ball back. Toulouse scrum in our 40.

🔴⚪ Saints 6-4 Toulouse 🟣🔵

Tommy Makinson for Saints

Tommy Mak makes no mistake from right in front and we lead!

🔴⚪ Saints 6-4 Toulouse 🟣🔵

Joe Batchelor for Saints

BATCHHHH!! Lomax with a lovely short ball for Lees who runs a perfect line. He bursts through and feeds Batchelor on his inside to stroll over and we are all square!

🔴⚪ Saints 4-4 Toulouse 🟣🔵


CHANCE! Welsby feeds Makinson with a cut-out pass, but his foot is in touch moments before he gets the ball down!

🔴⚪ Saints 0-4 Toulouse 🟣🔵


Saints win the penalty for a late shot on Bennison, Lussick kicks for touch and we have a chance to hit back…

🔴⚪ Saints 0-4 Toulouse 🟣🔵


Hankinson misses the conversion.

🔴⚪ Saints 0-4 Toulouse 🟣🔵

Ilias Bergal for Toulouse Olympique

The kick goes up and Ilias Bergal leaps highest and gets the ball down.

🔴⚪ Saints 0-4 Toulouse 🟣🔵


Ben Davies kicks us off, but his kick is too deep and Toulouse have an early penalty and field position.

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Toulouse 🟣🔵


Here we go!

🔴⚪ Saints 0-0 Toulouse 🟣🔵

Kick off is next!

Time to head into the semi final in winning form… 💪


Getting in the mood for later as post match we are presented with the League Leaders’ Shield…

The boss tells us why he has named a strong side for this afternoon’s last game of the regular season. Head over to our social media channels to hear from him.

Here is your Saints team for this afternoon’s final game of the regular season…

It’s good to be home again!

Our Women are also in action this weekend in Semi-Final action over in Leeds on Sunday. Why don’t you grab a ticket from Leeds and support them?!

The boss will leave us at the end of the season and so this will be his penultimate home game at Saints! Hear from him pre-match around 2pm today.

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Hello and welcome to our live match blog ahead of Saints final regular season game against Toulouse. Kick off is at 3pm and after the game we will be presented with the League Leaders’ Shield!