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SAINTS WIN THE DERBY AT MAGIC WEEKEND WITH LAST GASP LOMAX WINNER!

Saints increased our lead at the top of the Betfred Super League table as a last-gasp Jonny Lomax try secured a 20-18 come-from-behind victory over Wigan at Magic Weekend!

 

Saints, missing a number of regular starters, began the game on the front foot and took an early sixth minute lead as we were awarded a penalty following a high shot on Jonny Lomax. Saints opted for two and Jon Bennision who was on kicking duties, slotted over the goal to make it 2-0.

Saints were then camped in the Warriors half for the opening 20 minutes of the game as we built pressure, but were unable to add anymore points.

 

The Red Vee were made to pay for that as Wigan then grabbed the first try of the game in the 31st minute. After Saints knocked the ball on it gave Wigan the ball in Saints territory, Jai Field then threw a cut out pass to Bevan French down the Warriors’ right edge and he slid over to score. Harry Smith converted, 6-2 Wigan led.

Wigan went over again just seconds before the hooter. A kick downfield wasn’t dealt with by the Saints and it ended with Sam Powell grounding the ball, however after a video referee review the try was ruled out as Powell was offside from the second Warriors kick. That was to be the final action of the first period, as Saints perhaps unfortunately, trailed 6-2 at the break in Newcastle.

 

Wigan grabbed the next try just three minutes into the second half. The ball was once again worked down their right edge as French broke down the wing and kicked inside for John Bateman to collect and score. Smith converted again, 12-2.

Saints were able to respond this time around. We opted to go back down the short side and Jack Welsby found Man of the Match Joe Batchelor who cleverly kicked the ball past Field before grounding to score. Bennison was unable to convert, 12-6 Saints trailed.

 

Saints had the momentum and another try quickly followed. Bateman made a mistake and Welsby picked the ball up and threw a dummy before outpacing French to ground the ball. After a video referee review the try was awarded. Bennison was unable to convert, so Saints still trailed 12-10.

 

The Warriors were then reduced to 12 men as Brad Singleton was sent off for a late and high shot on a falling Curtis Sironen. From the penalty Bennison kicked it so the scores were tied at 12-12.

Against the run of play, the Warriors then once again took the lead with nine minutes to go. Field broke downfield and kicked out wide to French who collected the ball and skipped inside a Saints tackle to score. The try was given by the video referee, Smith converted to make it 18-12.

But in typical Saints style, we hit back again as the impressive Will Hopoate threw a cut out pass to the left wing for Regan Grace to score. Bennison’s conversion went wide so Saints trailed 18-16 with just under five minutes to go.

 

And as the old saying goes ‘Never Write off the Saints’ was specifically true in this instance as we won it in the final minute! Batchelor made a break dow the right wing after a ball from Hopoate and threw a dummy to further that break, he then found the supporting Jonny Lomax on his inside who scored to win it for Saints!

Bennison was unable to convert but that wasn’t to matter, as Saints claimed a dramatic derby day victory with a 20-18 victory over Wigan at Magic Weekend!

 

Match Summary

Saints Team: Will Hopoate, Jonathan Bennison, Konrad Hurrell, Sione Mata’utia, Regan Grace, Jack Welsby, Jonny Lomax, Agnatius Paasi, James Roby, Matty Lees, Joe Batchelor, Curtis Sironen, Morgan Knowles.

Interchanges: Joey Lussick, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Jake Wingfield, Dan Norman.

Tries: Joe Batchelor (52), Jack Welsby (59), Regan Grace (74), Jonny Lomax (79)

Conversions: Jonathan Bennision (0 from 4)

Penalties: Jonathan Bennison (2 from 2)

Wigan Warriors Team: Jai Field, Bevan French, Willie Isa, Jake Bibby, Liam Marshall, Cade Cust, Harry Smith, Brad Singleton, Sam Powell, Liam Byrne, Liam Farrell, John Bateman, Joe Shorrocks.

Interchanges: Morgan Smithies, Patrick Mago, Oliver Partington, Ethan Havard.

Tries: Bevan French (31, 71), John Bateman (43)

Conversions: Harry Smith (3 from 3)

Red Card: Brad Singleton (65)

HT: 2-6

FT: 20-18

Wigan Warriors Line up

1Jai Field
2Bevan French
3Willie Isa
4Jake Bibby
5Liam Marshall
6Cade Cust
7Harry Smith
8Brad Singleton
9Sam Powell
10Liam Byrne
11Liam Farrell
12John Bateman
13Joe Shorrocks
14Morgan Smithies
15Patrick Mago
16Oliver Partington
17Ethan Havard

Last updated 9 Jul 22 18:49:55

80'

FT: ⚪️🧊 Saints 20-18 Wigan ⚫🌺

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79'

Bennison’s kick strikes the post. 30 seconds to go…

⚪️🧊 Saints 20-18 Wigan ⚫🌺

79'
Try
Jonny Lomax for Saints

JONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!! Batchelor breaks down the right and finds Lomax on his inside!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

⚪️🧊 Saints 20-18 Wigan ⚫🌺

77'

We try our luck down the Wigan right again, but Mata’utia loses it, although the pass did look forward anyway. 3 to go.

⚪️🧊 Saints 16-18 Wigan ⚫🌺

76'

The kick is short, but we have the momentum. Four to go, two points in it! COYS!

⚪️🧊 Saints 16-18 Wigan ⚫🌺

75'
Try
Regan Grace for Saints

REGANNNNN!!!!! We have the numbers down the left and Hopoate finds Grace with the cut-out and he goes over out on the left. A big kick to come…

⚪️🧊 Saints 16-18 Wigan ⚫🌺

74'

Isa knocks on in his own half and we have a big chance as we approach the final five minutes…

⚪️🧊 Saints 12-18 Wigan ⚫🌺

72'
Goal
Harry Smith for Wigan Warriors

Smith adds the two.

⚪️🧊 Saints 12-18 Wigan ⚫🌺

71'
Try
Bevan French for Wigan Warriors

Wigan hit back as Field bursts through and kicks for French who goes over for his second.

⚪️🧊 Saints 12-16 Wigan ⚫🌺

66'
Goal
Jonathan Bennison for Saints

We are all square as Bennison slots over the two!!

⚪️🧊 Saints 12-12 Wigan ⚫🌺

65'
Red Card
Brad Singleton for Wigan Warriors

Singleton sees red for a high shot on Sironen! And we will go for the two from the left of the sticks…

⚪️🧊 Saints 10-12 Wigan ⚫🌺

65'

Our skipper has made way for Paasi who is back on…

⚪️🧊 Saints 10-12 Wigan ⚫🌺

TRY!

Lovely from Batch!

61'

Bennison’s kick falls just short. Lees is back on for LMS…

⚪️🧊 Saints 10-12 Wigan ⚫🌺

59'
Try
Jack Welsby for Saints

SUPPPPPERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR JACKKK!!!!!!! Wigan lose the ball on the left, Welsby picks it up, darts away from French and touches down in the corner! G A M E O N!!!!

⚪️🧊 Saints 10-12 Wigan ⚫🌺

59'

Joey Lussick is on for Wingfield to add a bit of speed to our attack. We have the momentum…

⚪️🧊 Saints 6-12 Wigan ⚫🌺

57'

We come again, but Mata’utia is held up on the last…

⚪️🧊 Saints 6-12 Wigan ⚫🌺

53'

The kick from Bennison is wide, but it’s GAME ON!

⚪️🧊 Saints 6-12 Wigan ⚫🌺

52'
Try
Joe Batchelor for Saints

WAKA WAKA BATCHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! Hopoate with a lovely offload to Bennison. He finds Welsby who plays in Batchelor who quite brilliantly kicks through, chases and touches down!!

⚪️🧊 Saints 6-12 Wigan ⚫🌺

48'

Wigan knock on and we have it back in our own half…

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-12 Wigan ⚫🌺

47'

Wigan win the penalty after Saints are caught offside…

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-12 Wigan ⚫🌺

45'
Goal
Harry Smith for Wigan Warriors

Smith adds the two.

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-12 Wigan ⚫🌺

44'
Try
John Bateman for Wigan Warriors

Bateman latches onto French’s kick over the top to score.

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-10 Wigan ⚫🌺

41'

We are back underway here in Newcastle! COYS!

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-6 Wigan ⚫🌺

40'

HT: ⚪️🧊 Saints 2-6 Wigan ⚫🌺

Despite much of the early pressure, we go in behind at the break.

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39'

A chance for Wigan at the death. The ball is loose and bouncing around, Cust kicks through and chases it himself. It goes upstairs, but it’s disallowed for what looks like offside.

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-6 Wigan ⚫🌺

38'

LMS forces the Wigan knock on after Smith dived his way through. A big play from Louie on his return to the team!

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-6 Wigan ⚫🌺

37'

Dan Norman is on for Knowles. 3 to go and Wigan have it back after Wingfield knocks on. Scrappy.

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-6 Wigan ⚫🌺

34'

Another chance goes begging for Saints as this time Hurrell can’t keep hold of Welsby’s short ball.

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-6 Wigan ⚫🌺

34'

CHANCE to hit straight back as another Wigan error hands us the ball back in their half…

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-6 Wigan ⚫🌺

32'
Goal
Harry Smith for Wigan Warriors

Smith converts from the touchline and despite early pressure, we trail here in Newcastle….

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-6 Wigan ⚫🌺

31'
Try
Bevan French for Wigan Warriors

French scores in the corner for Wigan.

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-4 Wigan ⚫🌺

30'

Jake Wingfield is on for Matty Lees as we approach the last 10 in this tight first half…

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-0 Wigan ⚫🌺

29'

A chance for Wigan after a set restart, but Bateman can’t hold onto the pass and Roby is there to pounce.

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-0 Wigan ⚫🌺

27'

LMS returns for the first time since our trip to Toulouse and his on for Paasi who has put a great shift in!

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-0 Wigan ⚫🌺

27'

The grubber comes in from Smith, Grace is there, but he loses it and the ball goes dead. Time to defend again…

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-0 Wigan ⚫🌺

26'

Roby catches Farrell high, Wigan kick for touch and have a set in our half…

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-0 Wigan ⚫🌺

24'

The ball finds Bennison on the right, but he is tackled by Marshall and is forced in touch.

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-0 Wigan ⚫🌺

23'

Field picks up Welsby’s high bomb and tries to feed Marshall, but he this time fumbles and again we will come forward!

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-0 Wigan ⚫🌺

21'

The Warriors with a rare attack in our half in this first period, but the grubber runs dead and we have the ball back…

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-0 Wigan ⚫🌺

18'

But this time it’s us who make the error as Mata’utia, just back on following his injury assessment, fumbles and Wigan again survive…

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-0 Wigan ⚫🌺

17'

This time Shorrocks makes the mistake and we will come yet again…Time to make this pressure count!

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-0 Wigan ⚫🌺

16'

CHANCE!! Grace is held up just short, before the ball finds its way to Hurrell on the opposite flank, but the ball goes dead.

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-0 Wigan ⚫🌺

14'

Harry Smith loses the ball for Wigan and again we come forward in the Warriors half. Can we make the pressure pay?

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-0 Wigan ⚫🌺

12'

Sironen with a lovely short ball to find the supporting Hopoate who breaks through. He is brought down, before Welsby’s kick to the corner is caught by a Wigan player…

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-0 Wigan ⚫🌺

11'

We continue to press and Hopoate, who has looked calm and collected early, is held up just short. Wigan get it back, but it has been a good, solid start for Saints!

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-0 Wigan ⚫🌺

6'
Goal
Jonathan Bennison for Saints

Bennison is on kicking duties this afternoon and he makes no mistake as he confidently slots over the two to give us an early lead!

⚪️🧊 Saints 2-0 Wigan ⚫🌺

5'

A high shot on Lomax in front of the sticks and we will go for the two…

⚪️🧊 Saints 0-0 Wigan ⚫🌺

4'

After a chance out wide for Grace, Roby’s grubber went straight into the hands of Marshall and Wigan survive…

⚪️🧊 Saints 0-0 Wigan ⚫🌺

3'

We win a penalty and come again…Come on Saints!

⚪️🧊 Saints 0-0 Wigan ⚫🌺

2'

An early Wigan error who cough up possession in their own half and we have a BIG chance here…

⚪️🧊 Saints 0-0 Wigan ⚫🌺

1'

It’s Saints vs Wigan at #MagicWeekend – Let’s GO!

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With the Newcastle turf hosting the first game, our boys are warming up behind the Stadium…Let’s go!

The atmosphere is building!!

Welcome to Newcastle, lads! 👋

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All set!

Congrats on your 💯 Saints game Matty Lees!

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