A REMARKABLE second half fight back stunned the Odsal Faithful and gave the Saints a 42-38 victory which seemed impossible at half time writes Graham Henthorne, Team Manager.Trailing by 28 points after 37 minutes you would have been forgiven for consigning this match to the dustbin of history but you would have reckoned without the resilience of the Saints.In a display mirroring that of the senior side last Monday the Saints put 36 points past the Bulls to take the spoils.At the moment at Saints the injuries of the first team have knock on effects on what sort of teams can be put out lower down the scale. Consequently this was a team put together with one eye on who was needed for Sheffield and who else was available to fill in for those promoted.Tries from Academy winger Adam Barber, Aaron Lloyd, Anthony Walker (pictured), Warren Thompson and two each for Josh Jones and Ben Karalius and five Tommy Johnson goals won it for the Saints.The whole team put in a massive effort to turn things around at the break but special mention must go to Ben Karalius, who marshalled his backs and Anthony Walker who led his pack by example against the usual big Bulls pack with a sprinkling of Super league experience to boot.This should give all involved great belief that they can go on to bigger and better things.Match Summary:Bradford:Tries: Kyle Williamson 2, Jason Crookes 2, Rob Hawthorne, Murphy, Laycock.Goals: Cain Southernwood 5.St Helens:Tries: Adam Barber, Josh Jones 2, Ben Karalius 2, Aaron Lloyd, Anthony Walker, Warren Thompson.Goals: Tommy Johnson 5.Half Time: 6-28Full Time: 42-38Teams:Bradford:1. Dave Halley, 2. Kyle Williamson, 3. Jason Crookes, 4. Rob Hawthorne, 5. Lewis Straughn, 6. Callum Windley, 7. Cain Southernwood, 8. Tom Lillicrop, 9. Wright, 10. Steve Crossley, 11. Tom Olbison, 12. Murphy, 13. McAvoy.Subs: 14. Reed, 15. Bailey, 16. Laycock, 17. Ethan Hawkesworth.Saints:1. Tommy Johnson, 2. Adam Barber, 3. Alex Trumper, 4. Simon Atherton, 5. Dan Brotherton, 6. Josh Jones, 7. Ben Karalius, 8. Jordan Hand, 9. Aaron Lloyd, 10. Anthony Walker, 11. Jordan O’Neill, 12. Scott Hale, 13. Warren Thompson.Subs: 14. Marcus Baines, 15. Joe Bate, 16. Samir Tahrouai, 17. Josh Greaves.
ROYCE Simmons hailed his side’s professional performance as they ran in twelve tries to beat Featherstone and head into the Carnegie Challenge Cup Quarter Final draw.Ten different scorers contributed to the 70-0 win with the trusty boot of Jamie Foster kicking 11 from 12.“Featherstone are a side that are used to winning and they put up a lot of resistance early on,” he said. “Our last pass went to ground three or four times in the opening 20 minutes and they were missed opportunities.“But from there it was a real professional performance. We talked in the week about improving our defence and to keep them to nil was very pleasing.“At half time we spoke about concentrating for the full 80 and we did that – scoring some good tries and getting that polished performance.“Wilko’s kicking game was good – he hit the ground and our kick chase was good too.“Foster’s kicking was good in those conditions and I think the one that missed easily went over too.”He continued: “Warren Thompson did well on his debut and he got to sing the team song at the end to celebrate his bow and scoring a try.“It would have been a great moment for him.”The draw for the Quarter Finals of the Carnegie Challenge Cup will take place on Monday on BBC1 Yorkshire at 6.30pm (SKY Channel 976), with the ties to be played over the weekend of July 22-24.
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NATHAN Brown said that the performance was “for the fans” after Saints beat Wigan 22-16 on Monday.His side recorded a dramatic late try – and a great win – to send Langtree Park into raptures.“I thought it was a good result!” Brown said. “Our defence was as good as it has been at any stage of the year. We hung in there and it was great.“In the last 20 minutes we were down to one sub and poor old Paul Wellens ended up playing in four spots. The boys showed good character.“We dropped the ball, they scored and then we defended our line for a long period. That was the difference in the game really. I’m really happy for the players, they have been working hard all year, and the fans too. It was pleasing to produce something for them.”He continued: “I thought Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook stood up and played well. He’s found his right position and that helps. Joe Greenwood went back out there and rewarded his teammates’ faith with that try. He has a long way to go and some decisions to make. He has a lot of talent and I’m confident he will be a good long term player for the club.“Adam Swift was terrific too I thought; he had been pushing permanent spot before London and then got injured. He’s come back and done well at Whitehaven. He will develop and has a lot of good years ahead of him.“You don’t coach for yourself, I just love doing it. Today was great for the staff, the medical team, coaches, strength and conditioning staff, the players and fans.“It has been a tough time and the players and fans care and are emotional. The players want to compete for them. We’ve had five or six decent weeks and now we have to maintain that and keep on improving.”
Last year the 16s were lamenting a poor start against Widnes which led into the worst performance ever produced at home to our nearest and dearest, writes Graham Henthorne.This was light years away from anything seen in 2017. With the ball the Saints were dynamic, threatening from all over the park. Without it the opposition couldn’t handle the ferocity of the Saints defence.Combined it led to a 50-6 win over Wakefield on the road.Playing down the slight slope, Saints kicked off and positively tore into the Wildcats restricting them to a mere 20 metres and a kick.Starting their set on half way, the pack, led by the twin giants Jamie Pye and Harry Brooks, and ably supported by the tenacious Ethan Caine, steamrollered their way through the line.On the last Lewis Dodd showed the deftness required to break the tightest of defences as he grubbered a delightful ball into the in-goal for the charging Daniel Ganson to score his first in the red vee.The home side responded as best they could, hanging on to the Saints rampaging pack and keeping them out for 15 minutes.But the floodgates eventually opened and the visitors cashed in on their dominance with five tries in the final 20 minutes.Last year our Achilles Heel could have been said to be our bench, but not this time around. As Brooks and Pye went off on came Jack Stephenson, Joe Spencer, George Connolly and Will Toone, whose first involvement was to catapult his would be tackler fully three metres back onto his backside.Callum Taylor scored the first of his brace in the left corner by taking Harvey McDaid’s miss pass.From the kick off Toone and Pye drove the ball in and latter’s offload to Dodd gave the scrum half space to exploit down the left. A quick show and go took him to the full back before a neat pass inside sent lively hooker Keenan McDaid under the sticks.Again from the restart Jamie Pye tipped the ball onto sub Joe Spencer for good metres. From his quick play the ball Keenan jumped out of dummy half and put Dodd away. He again took it to the full back before feeding it inside to the supporting Lewis Baxter to go the final 30 to the sticks.The Wildcats were hanging in there at 22–0 but two tries in the last five minutes put the final nails in the coffin.The first came fortuitously as the visitors made a change at hooker.Keenan McDaid came off but with the Saints on the Wildcats line no matter how quick Paddy Maher had sprinted he wouldn’t have got to the play the ball in time.So quick thinking from Jamie Pye saw him toe the ball into the in-goal then dive onto it for the try.The last was another sublime showcase of the Lewis Dodd playbook as the scrum half again dummied his way through before putting Harvey McDaid in from 30 metres out.34 – 0. A wonderful example of flowing Saints rugby at its best.But no match lasts for one half only. The call was for more of the same but as often happens the second half doesn’t always live up to the first.That said, the only indiscretion came from an interception down the Saints right which was initially cleaned up by a fantastic 60 metre chase from Dodd but resulted in the hosts scoring their only try.Saints regained their momentum with another Toone drive and quick play the ball allowing the ever dangerous Jumah Sambou to offload in the left corner to allow his winger Theo Robinson to dive over.Another great defensive effort saw the hosts knock-on in their 20 metre area and from the scrum, Dodd and Sambou put Taylor in for his second.The final try three minutes from the end saw Ben Betts cap a fine display with a try.Whilst the Wildcats weren’t the sternest of opposition and there are undoubtedly lots of things to work on before next week there are infinitely more positives to come out of the performance than negatives, with all 20 players contributing and giving their all.So if you want to see competitive derby rugby at its best and you have a red vee in your soul, come down to Blackbrook next Saturday ‘cos you might just see something to really gladden your heart!Match Summary:Wakefield U16s: Tries: Reuben Walker (44). Goals: Callum Bacon 1 from 1.St Helens U16s: Tries: Daniel Ganson (3), Callum Taylor (17 & 58), Keenan McDaid (20), Lewis Baxter (22), Jamie Pye (29), Harvey McDaid (34), Theo Robinson (48), Benjamin Betts (67). Goals: Lewis Dodd 7 from 9.Half Time: 0-34 Full Time: 6-50Teams:Wakefield: 1. Brandon Marsh; 5. Darnell Skerrett-Evans, 4. Oliver Farrar, 3. Reuben Walker, 2. Kyle Davies; 6. Robbie Butterworth, 7. Callum Bacon; 8. James Patrickson, 9. Harry Bowes, 10. Ben Watson, 11. Dane Winrow, 12. Oliver Hill, 13. Corey Hall. Subs: 14. Charlie Abraham, 15. Kurt Doody, 16. Jordan Jones, 17. Isaac Shaw, 18. Cole Hamilton, 19. Callum Thurston, 20. Elliott Richardson.Saints: 1. Harvey McDaid; 2. Ryan Appleton, 3. Evan Jones, 4. Jumah Sambou, 5. Callum Taylor; 6. Daniel Ganson, 7. Lewis Dodd; 8. Harry Brooks, 9. Keenan McDaid, 10. Jamie Pye, 11. Benjamin Betts, 12. Lewis Baxter, 13. Ethan Caine. Subs: 14. Paddy Maher, 15. Joe Spencer, 16. Jack Stephenson, 17. Will Toone, 18. Taylor Pemberton, 19. George Connolly, 20. Theo Robinson.