Saints 34 Hull 22: How the match and tributes to the late Steve Prescott unfolded (From St Helens Star)
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Saints 34 Hull 22: How the match and tributes to the late Steve Prescott unfolded
Updated 11:02am Saturday 22nd February 2014 in Sport
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- Saints turnaround 6-10 HT deficit to win
- James Roby scores two tries
- League match was the first leg of the Steve Prescott Cup
- Saints Bridge renamed Steve Prescott Bridge
- Steve's sons Taylor and Koby mascots
- Fans get #Precky1 trending on Twitter
- Send us your messages to @sthelensstar
RT @sthelensstar: 'Bridge honour a fitting tribute to the strength of Steve Prescott': NAMING the Saints bridge in honour of Ste... http://…— @whatsonsthelens 21 February 2014
Indeed!! Great design tonight...... @RedVeeDotNet @Saints1890 RT @carlvegas7: What a van this is #COYS #1Precky http://t.co/kcZd6PH4WL— @TonyS_UK 21 February 2014
Only shown quickly on Sky but Tommy Makinson's finish tonight looked spectacular. #SLStHHul #rugbyleague #precky1— @adamtate4 21 February 2014
What an amazing night at langtree both sets of fans did #precky1 really proud watched on tv hislife story and every1 was quite 4 it respect— @SaintsWigan 21 February 2014
Lee Radford revealed that Garreth Carvell had damaged ankle ligaments and will go for a scan.
Lee Radford: we are disappointed we let that slip. If we had stuck at it we would have come away with a result.
"it was poor game management in the second half from our supposed smart players."
Saints 34-22 Hull.
80: Hull try on the hooter, Richard Horne to Danny Houghton, Crooks goal. 34-22.
Crowd here atb Langtree Park is 13,488. Had it not tipped it down at teatime there would have been a thousand more.
Makinson ovewr again and celebrating, but ref has called a penalty to Hull.
Jon wilkin has left the field. The Saints second row has had an outstanding game.
Luke Walsh defies the wind and kicks thew goal off the touchline. 34-16.
77 mins: Great play by Kyle Amor and then Jonny Lomax, creates a try for Mark Percival. 32-16.
Walsh misses his first kick of the night. Greeted with light-hearted boos.
68: Tommy Makinson try in the corner after Saints flashed the ball along the line to the wing.
Makinson finished it off in the tight corner with a trademark acrobatic one handed finish.
Crooks kicks the goal 24-16 to Saints.
62 mins: Hull back in it with a Gareth Ellis try. 14-24
Walsh kicks the goal, Saints 24-Hull 10
59: James Roby try under sticks from a Soliola offload.
Saints a lot more direct this half and so far its paying off.
Walsh goal 18-10.
51 mins: Lomax try from a Wilkin grubber. A well worked move paid off. 16-10
Lu.ke Walsh conversion puts Saints up 12-10.
43: Soliola try for Saints. Drive over from close range. Levels matters, 10-10
Disappointing half for Saints: They go in trailing 6-10.
33: Turner off, Wellens on with Jones going into the centres.
Hull are looking strong here. Pack are in Saints' faces all the time and are winning the physical confrontattion so far.
Jordan Turner gertting treatment at the moment after coming off second best in collision with Gareth Ellis.
Crooks kicks the goal: 6-10
23: Hull back in front Westerman gets the ball out of the tackle for Whiting try. Saints 6-8 Hull
19 mins: Mark Percival appeared to have scored but knocked on over the line.
18 mins: Pen for Saints after high tackle on Lomax
6 mins: Saints try James Roby after ball back inside from Makinson, Turner and Manu. A super pass from the Tongan saw Roby power over. Walsh kicked the goal. 6-4.
Hull knock on fromn the restart kick will put Saints back on the attack.
Crooks misses the goal, Hull 4-0 Saints.
2 Minutes Hull try: Mickey Paea after a Joe Westerman break up the middle.
Still a few spaces here on the north stand. 15 mins before kick off but a decent showing from Hull.
Tonight's referee is Richard Silverwood.
Hull: Shaul; Lineham, Crooks, Arundel, Talanoa; Rankin, Horne; Paea, Houghton, Carvell, Ellis, Whiting, Westerman. Subs: Thompson, Bowden, Palea'aesina, Heremaia.
Saints have named the same team that beat Warrington last week.
Lomax; Makinson, Turner, Percival, Swift; Wheeler, Walsh; Amor, Roby, Walmsley, Wilkin, Manu, McCarthy-Scarsbrook. Subs: Jones, Soliola, Laffranchi, Wellens.
Taylor Prescott flanked by brave mum Linzi and brother Koby told the crowd how proud he was of his dad and how he hopes the bridge will remind generations of the person he was.
Saints chairman Eamonn McManus gave a stirring speech to the crowd saying Steve was the most inspirational person he has known.
Despite the terrible weather spirits were high among the Saints and Hull supporters
A reminder - tonight's game is not on television. Sky are over in Leeds instead.
Prior to tonight's game there will be a minute's applause to celebrate the life of Steve Prescott.
There will be a couple of special touches with the teams walking out together,side by side, led by Steve's sons Taylor and Koby.
The match ball will be presented by Steve's brother Neil.
More than 14,000 fans are expected tonight at Langtree Park, but the club has stressed that fans can still pay on the gate. A big following is expected to travel over from Hull.
Fans are being urged to be in their seats by at least ten to eight tonight to see a moving six-minute video tribute to Steve Prescott on the big screen.
The footage has been put together by Sky and those who have seen it testify to it being a quality piece of work and a fitting tribute to the legend.
Talk of taking the emotion out of the game is easier said than done - on both sides.
Steve Prescott had two spells on Humberside and played alongside current Hull players Richard Horne, Kirk Yeaman and Garreth Carvell, plus coach Lee Radford, in his last stint that was ended prematurely by injury in 2003.
On the Saints side he came through the ranks at the same time as current assistant Keiron Cunningham, played alongside Paul Wellens for Lancashire and helped coach a host of the youngsters.
Steve Prescott meant a lot of things to a lot of people in the world of rugby league.
@mcw15 @Saints1890 #StevePescottCup #GreatMan #Precky1 I'm gutted I can't go might see if I can hear it from the house— @MrsKaura 21 February 2014
Saints' defence was pretty solid last week, after from a couple of early misreads on the left edge. But Mark Percival soon rectified that despite facing a pretty strong bombardment.
Saints only conced one more try and that came courtesy of the top of the post padding.
Nathan Brown will have looked at some of Hull's defensive frailties after last week when Catalan rattled in three late tries and only a missed Bosc goal stopped them having to share the points.
And who could forget the 1981 Challenge Cup tie when Saints emerged from the mud with a 5-3 victory. Steve Peters came off the bench to replace dislocated shoulder victim Neil Holding and had an absolute blinder.
Thinking back there have been some terrific Saints v Hull games over the years. Anyone recall the League clash in March 1985, during Big Mal's season?
Saints run riot that night, winning 47-18, with RL Action capturing it all.
Barrie Ledger scored two of those tries, promting summariser Vinty Karalius to declare: "Talk about tip-toe through the tulips, there's nothing like it."
Playing one of his best games for Saints that evening was Kevin Wellens.
There will be no old pals act tonight when Jordan Turner comes up against his former club Hull FC. Turner said: "I have moved on as a player and a person, but have still got a lot of mates over there and it was great playing there.
"But I won't be thinking about that tonight."
Nathan Brown on Hull's strengths: "Hull have some strong blokes, even on the wing, too, with Fetuli Talanoa. "And yes, they have some big blokes - Garreth Carvell and Mickey Paea - who can all carry the ball and when they do that and pop it out the back the likes of Aaron Heremaia and Jamie Shaul become dangerous. "They have dangerous players. "We need to do what did last week and improve on things to give ourselves a good chance of winning."
Nathan Brown praised the fans for their contribution to last week's win over Warrington. He was looking forward to hearing Langtree Park in full voice this evening. Brown said: "They were brilliant. But last year they were the same, even we lost three or four on the bounce and yet they turned up at Cas and were still backing us. "In my short time here the fans have been brilliant and it is always good when there are a lot of them up there singing. It would be good to have that here at home for the first game."
Saints and Hull have played out some cracking games over the years - not least in the grand slam winning season of 2006 when the Black and Whites were the only away side to win at Knowsley Road. A humdinger of a game was settled by a long range Paul Cooke drop goal. Saints got their revenge - edging a tense play-off semi and then beating them a fortnight later at Old Trafford.
Saints' forwards threw their weight about last week at Warrington and manged to win the collision creating a great platform for James Roby and Luke Walsh to operate off.Tonight they will up against some big men in Mickey Paea, Garreth Carvell and former Wigan prop Feka Paleaaesina. Another big physical effort will be required.
One of the exciting match-ups tonight will be in the halves where Saints' Luke Walsh and Gary Wheeler come up against the experienced Richard Horne and new recruit Jordan Rankin, who had a fine game last weekend against Catalan.
Saints are likely to choose the same 17 that comfortably defeated Warrington last Thursday. That will mean again giving an opening role for Alex Walmsley in the front row alongside impressive new recruit Kyle Amor (above), with Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook operating as the big man at loose forward.
Hull come to Langtree Park in something of a quietly confident mood. They have not lost in St Helens since 2009 and are unbeaten at Langtree Park, having draw here last term and winning in 2012. Star performer in that last Hull win at Saints was Jordan Turner, who raced 80 metres for a try. Both he and Willie Manu swapped Black and White for the red vee at the start of last term.
RT @JohnnyVegasReal: C'mon @willcarling please get rugby hero @StevePrescott1 trending today with a retweet of #1precky Much obliged Mucker…— @Andy_BodyByVi 21 February 2014
RT @StevePrescott1: SPF ambassadors Paul Wellens & Jon Wilkin, sit proudly with the Steve Prescott Trophy. #1Precky http://t.co/sds1WvGLie— @Wilf1872 21 February 2014
Sing your hearts out for the lads but also for Steve Prescott! Can't wait for the game!— @hull_fans 21 February 2014
Jon Wilkin believes the trophy will be a fitting tribute to Steve.
“I think it’s a fantastic thing to have and really gives a nod to Steve’s competitive spirit.
“The game is special because of Steve.
“He would have played hard in games like this and this will bring the competitive nature that he shared both as a player and a philanthropist.
“It will be an emotional night without doubt and I’m sure a lot of these emotions will come out on Friday.”
Thoughts of Saints captain Paul Wellens ahead of tonight's match.
“Both clubs admire Steve greatly – not just for his playing days but his resilience in his fighting illness. I’m sure both sets of supporters will come together on Friday and in future to honour him,” said Wellens.
“I know a few of the Hull lads who think very highly of Prekkie and it certainly gives added significance to the game with it being the first Steve Prescott Cup.”
RT @JohnnyVegasReal: Cheers @JohnBishop100 for showing support all the way from Oz for @Saints1890 @hullfcofficial @StevePrescott1 & gettin…— @julie_ashall 21 February 2014
RT @JohnBishop100: @Saints1890 @hullfcofficial and @StevePrescott1 along with #1Precky I hope it goes well today and all the due recognitio…— @lee197142 21 February 2014
Nathan Brown Q&A: Looking ahead to Saints' first home game of the season (From St Helens Star) http://t.co/gLaGrillMR— @mike_critchley 21 February 2014
Richard Horne recalls the inspirational Steve Prescott and his impact on him. #1Precky http://t.co/1C0oMivrqF— @James_Smailes 21 February 2014
And here in Hull colours...
A couple of pictures of the great man. Here's an iconic shot from Saints' Wembley victory in the Challenge Cup against Bradford in 1996, when he scored two tries.
1 Steve Prescott there's only 1 Steve Prescott. Can't wait for @Saints1890 vs @hullfcofficial match tonight should be emotional #1Precky— @davab4 21 February 2014
RT @georgeyboy: See you tonight #precky1 http://t.co/tb6k1T8C29— @carrieparker22 21 February 2014
First home game of the season tonight for @Saints1890 and time to remember @StevePrescott1 #Precky1 #COYS— @exiledwool 21 February 2014
Below is the timetable for tonight's renaming of the Saints bridge to the Steve Prescott bridge. It will take place on a grassed area by the side of the bridge, the public are invited to attend.
- 5.30pm Event opens with welcome from host George Riley of BBC Radio 5 Live
- 5.32pm Performance: Tom Loughlin – ‘Impossible Dream’
- 5.40pm Speech: Eamonn McManus
- 5.43pm Performance: Sophia Ben-Yousef - 'Proud'
- 5.55pm Speech: Leader of St Helens Council Barrie Grunewald
- 6pm: Speech: Taylor Prescott
- 6.10pm Presentation of bridge signage designs to Linzi Prescott
- 6.20pm Event closes with performance from St John Vianney Primary School - 'You Raise Me Up', accompanied by Tom Loughlin
Here we go with build up to tonight's Super League fixture between Saints and Hull. It promises to be a special and emotional night as supporters unite to celebrate the life of their former player, Steve Prescott, who died in November.