Saints returned to winning ways on Saturday afternoon with a 46-4 win over Whitehaven in a sunny Cumbria and with it booked our place in the Challenge Cup Quarter Finals.


The hosts came out flying and had the chance to go ahead after winning a penalty in front of the sticks, but Haven opted to run it rather than take the two and Saints saw the attack out well.

Saints weathered the early storm and after a tight first 20 minutes, it was Saints who took the lead mid-way through the first period. A move which started in the middle saw Joey Lussick throw left to Jake Wingfield, he then found Lewis Dodd who then put Joe Batchelor through a gap to open the scoring on his return. Tommy Makinson added the extras, 6-0.

The lead was added to 10 minutes later. A similar move to the first try, but this time down the right-hand side as Lussick found Dodd, he then found the impressive Curtis Sironen who made a good step before powering his way over the line. Makinson added the extras, 12-0.

The third Saints try came four minutes before the break, Lussick once again involved as he found former Whitehaven man Kyle Amor close to the line and he powered his way over from close range to score on his return to his old ground. Makinson once again added the extras, 18-0.

That was the score as we headed into the break, as Saints led 18-0 after the first 40 minutes in Cumbria.


Whitehaven, to their credit, grabbed the first try of the second period. Saints missed tackles down their right edge and were unable to stop Karl Dixon from grounding the ball in Whitehaven’s left corner. The conversion landed nowhere near, 18-4.

Saints ensured that it was only a consolation try though as off the back of an Amor carry close to the Haven line, Lussick threw left from under the sticks to Dan Norman who jumped through a gap to score. Makinson added the extras, 24-4.

Our fifth try quickly followed. A good move started by Sironen who made a break. He found Dodd who fed Norman who found further yardage. The ball was then fed through the hands of Lussick and Dodd again who fed Norman and he offloaded to Lussick who then retuned the ball to Dodd to sprint away and score under the sticks. Makinson added the extras, 30-4.


A sixth Saints try followed in the 66th minute. A Jonny Lomax kick was not dealt with and Mark Percival was the first to ground the loose ball and score. Makinson was unable to add the extras, 34-4.

After being involved in what seemed to be every try of the game so far, Lussick was finally able to get over himself six minutes from time, as he spotted a gap from dummy half and burrowed his way over from close range. Makinson added the two, 40-4.

Saints were able to add an eighth and final try with the last play of the game. A Lomax grubber kick was somehow kept in play by Dodd who palmed the ball back to captain James Roby who touched the ball down for a try on his 499th Saints appearance. Makinson added the extras, as Saints won 46-4 in Cumbria to progress to the Challenge Cup Quarter Finals.


Match Summary

Whitehaven Team: Geronimo Doyle, Dave Eccleston, Will Evans, Connor Holiday, Andrew Bulman, Karl Dixon, Nikau Williams, Liam McAvoy, Alex Bishop, Guy Graham, Ryan King, Liam Cooper, Tom Wilkinson.

Interchanges: Callum Phillips, Tom Walker, Dion Aiye, Jake Bradley.

Tries: Karl Dixon (47)

Conversions: Alex Bishop (0 from 1)

Saints Team: Jack Welsby, Regan Grace, Konrad Hurrell, Mark Percival, Tommy Makinson, Jonny Lomax, Lewis Dodd, Agnatius Paasi, Joey Lussick, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Joe Batchelor, Curtis Sironen, Jake Wingfield.

Interchanges: James Roby, Kyle Amor, Dan Norman, Sam Royle.

Tries: Joe Batchelor (20), Curtis Sironen (30), Kyle Amor (37), Dan Norman (54), Lewis Dodd (57), Mark Percival (66), Joey Lussick (74), James Roby (80)

Conversions: Tommy Makinson (7 from 8)

HT: 0-18

FT: 4-46

Saints Line up

1 Jack Welsby
5 Regan Grace
23 Konrad Hurrell
4 Mark Percival
2 Tommy Makinson
6 Jonny Lomax
7 Lewis Dodd
17 Agnatius Paasi
14 Joey Lussick
15 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
12 Joe Batchelor
16 Curtis Sironen
18 Jake Wingfield
James Roby
18 Kyle Amor
20 Dan Norman
22 Sam Royle

Whitehaven Line up

1Geronimo Doyle
2Dave Eccleston
3Will Evans
4Connor Holliday
5Andrew Bulman
6Karl Dixon
7Nikau Williams
8Liam McAvoy
9Alex Bishop
10Guy Graham
11Ryan King
12Liam Cooper
13Tom Wilkinson
14Callum Phillips
15Tom Walker
16Dion Aiye
17Jake Bradley

Last updated 26 Mar 22 15:59:13

FT: ⚪ Whitehaven 4-46 Saints ⚫🧊

In the hat for the Quarters of @thechallengecup! 🎩


Tommy Makinson for Saints

Makinson again with the two!

⚪ Whitehaven 4-46 Saints ⚫🧊

James Roby for Saints

WOW!!!! A lovely kick from Lomax is tappd back brilliantly by Dodd right into the hands of that man James Roby who touches down for a score on his 499th Saints game!

⚪ Whitehaven 4-44 Saints ⚫🧊


And again the hosts have a chance to score in the corner, but the winger can’t grab the ball. Two minutes to go…

⚪ Whitehaven 4-40 Saints ⚫🧊


Haven continue to push forward, but we see the set out well…

⚪ Whitehaven 4-40 Saints ⚫🧊

Tommy Makinson for Saints

Makinson slots over another two points as the 40 is up…

⚪ Whitehaven 4-40 Saints ⚫🧊

Joey Lussick for Saints

JOEYYYYY! Lussick picks up the ball from dummy half and powers over to extend our lead!

⚪ Whitehaven 4-38 Saints ⚫🧊


Grace is struggling here as he looks to have picked up a knock to his left foot. James Roby is on for his 499th Saints appearance….🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌

⚪ Whitehaven 4-34 Saints ⚫🧊


Makinson this time misses the touchline conversion attempt…Sam Royle is on for Jake Wingfield!

⚪ Whitehaven 4-34 Saints ⚫🧊


Makinson this time misses the touchline conversion attempt…Sam Royle is on for Jake Wingfield!

⚪ Whitehaven 4-34 Saints ⚫🧊

Mark Percival for Saints

There’s a fumble in the Haven corner and Percy is there to touch down!

⚪ Whitehaven 4-34 Saints ⚫🧊


Great defence from Makinson who tackles the Haven winger and forces him in touch…

⚪ Whitehaven 4-30 Saints ⚫🧊

Class from Lewis Dodd…

Tommy Makinson for Saints

Makinson keeps his 100% record up…

⚪ Whitehaven 4-30 Saints ⚫🧊

Lewis Dodd for Saints

DODDY! A classy try from Saints! Sironen with another break, he finds Dodd who feeds Norman who makes further yardage. Big Dan feeds Lussick and he passes back to Dodd to go over!

⚪ Whitehaven 4-28 Saints ⚫🧊

Tommy Makinson for Saints

Makinson adds the two from right in front.

⚪ Whitehaven 4-24 Saints ⚫🧊

Dan Norman for Saints

BIG DANNN HAS TWO IN TWO! A short ball from Lussick from dummy half finds Norman and he goes over under the sticks!

⚪ Whitehaven 4-22 Saints ⚫🧊


Bishop makes a break, but his offload is forward. We have a set in the Haven half…

⚪ Whitehaven 4-18 Saints ⚫🧊


Bishop miss-kicks his conversion.

⚪ Whitehaven 4-18 Saints ⚫🧊

Karl Dixon for Whitehaven

Haven score in the far corner through Dixon.

⚪ Whitehaven 4-18 Saints ⚫🧊


We come down the left edge again, but Dodd’s pass finds touch, rather than Percival or Makinson.

⚪ Whitehaven 0-18 Saints ⚫🧊


We are back underway in Whitehaven…Come on boys!

⚪ Whitehaven 0-18 Saints ⚫🧊

Half way there, lads!

HT: ⚪ Whitehaven 0-18 Saints ⚫🧊

We lead here in Whitehaven at the break in @thechallengecup


Tommy Makinson for Saints

Makinson adds the two from right in front.

⚪ Whitehaven 0-18 Saints ⚫🧊

Kyle Amor for Saints

IT’S THAT MAN MARRAAAAAAAAA!!! Norman with the drive and Marra is there to pick up Lussick’s short ball to crash over under the sticks – He will enjoy that one!!!

⚪ Whitehaven 0-16 Saints ⚫🧊


Kyle Amor is on against his former Club as is BIG Dan Norman. LMS and Paasi have made way…

⚪ Whitehaven 0-12 Saints ⚫🧊

Keep going boys!

⚪ Whitehaven 0-12 Saints ⚫🧊

Tommy Makinson for Saints

Makinson adds the two from right in front!

⚪ Whitehaven 0-12 Saints ⚫🧊

Curtis Sironen for Saints

SIROOOOOO @curtis_sironen with his first Saints TRY after he latches onto a ball from Lewis Dodd!

⚪ Whitehaven 0-10 Saints ⚫🧊


We win a penalty for offside and have a set in the Haven half to extend our lead…

⚪ Whitehaven 0-6 Saints ⚫🧊


Again we come down the left as Makinson looks like he has a walk in the corner, but he seems to slip with the try line begging and Haven survive.

⚪ Whitehaven 0-6 Saints ⚫🧊


Again we come down the left and after a slack pass out to Makinson, he kicks through nicely and the ball is palmed dead…We will come again…

⚪ Whitehaven 0-6 Saints ⚫🧊

Tommy Makinson for Saints

Makinson makes no mistake to extend our lead.

⚪ Whitehaven 0-6 Saints ⚫🧊

Joe Batchelor for Saints

BATCHHHH ON HIS RETURN! The ball is moved to the left and Dodd finds Batchelor who runs the perfect line to go over!

⚪ Whitehaven 0-4 Saints ⚫🧊


Our first real chance as Hurrell makes a break, but on the last Welsby opts for the short ball rather than the grubber through and it doesn’t pay off.

⚪ Whitehaven 0-0 Saints ⚫🧊


Haven win the penalty for offside and opt to run it rather than take the two from right in front. We see it out well and have it back before winning a penalty of our own…

⚪ Whitehaven 0-0 Saints ⚫🧊


Hurrell, under pressure from four Haven defenders tries to offload, but knocks on.

⚪ Whitehaven 0-0 Saints ⚫🧊


We find space down the left as the ball moves through the hands of Wingfield and Lomax, but Makinson can’t keep hold of Percival’s pass and Haven have the scrum.

⚪ Whitehaven 0-0 Saints ⚫🧊


Haven restart and break through a Saints gap, but the speed of Grace is there on the cover before the high kick is into the safe hands of Welsby and we come forward.

⚪ Whitehaven 0-0 Saints ⚫🧊


After a long break, Cooper is stretchered off to a standing ovation. We all hope for a speedy recovery.

⚪ Whitehaven 0-0 Saints ⚫🧊


A break in play here as former Saint Liam Cooper is down and it looks like he will have to leave the field for a head check…All the best Liam!

⚪ Whitehaven 0-0 Saints ⚫🧊


Saints defend it well and we are on the attack through Wingfield playing at loose forward this afternoon. Lomax kicks to the corner, but it finds touch.

⚪ Whitehaven 0-0 Saints ⚫🧊


Haven kick on the last and Welsby is there to touch the ball behind. Goal-line drop out…

⚪ Whitehaven 0-0 Saints ⚫🧊


Saints defend it well, but Grace tries to pick up a loose ball, but can’t hang on and the hosts will come again…

⚪ Whitehaven 0-0 Saints ⚫🧊


Whitehaven are up for this one as early pressure forces Joe Batchelor to knock on in our first set.

⚪ Whitehaven 0-0 Saints ⚫🧊


We are off and underway here in Whitehaven!


Time to get warm lads! 💪

Head over to our social media accounts to hear from the boss including why Morgan Knowles is missing…

The boys are here! 😎

It’s also a homecoming for Whitehaven born Kyle Amor!

Regan Grace is BACK! It’s his first appearance of 2022!

Here is how we line up this afternoon…

Team news is up next! 👀

But it’s a perfect summer day for Challenge Cup action!

It’s a little bit of a different set up here in Cumbria…. 👀

👋 Good morning from sunny Whitehaven! 🌞

It’s Gameday as we travel to Cumbria to face Whitehaven in the Betfred Challenge Cup Sixth Round! The game is live on the Sportsman YouTube account for those who want to watch it…

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