LiveWith pictures: Saints 40 Catalan 22

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Summary

  • Saints beat Catalan to make it five from five
  • Dragons lose their unbeaten record at Langtree Park
  • Adam Swift carried on his free scoring form
  • Game marred by injuries to Luke Walsh, Jordan Turner and Sia Soliola

12:55am

St Helens Star:

12:53am

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12:51am

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12:45am

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12:43am

Brown said: "The boys did great to hang on in there with the injuries and resultant disruptions. We had one bloke coming off the bench for all the second half and blokes rolling out in different position too. To hang in there was brilliant.

"At 24-0 we were coasting and looking good and then they scored. I was disappointed with their second try though, we shouldn't let a hooker do that.

"We got off to a reasonable start in the second half but had a lot of players in different positions. We had to work hard and middle did well defensively.

"Whenever we got an opportunity we scored or had one disallowed so our execution was good.

"It was our best win of the year and it's a good sign the boys can hang in there."

"Jordan Turner has a hamstring problem, Luke Walsh is a calf and Sia has an issue with his knee. I don't think his will be long term.

"Walsh and Turner's are muscle injuries and I can't guess on the length of time out. We will know more next week.

"Both are hard to replace but Jon Wilkin took us to one point against a good Leeds team and he can slot in and do a job. We will head over to Wakefield and put a side together that we expect to play well."

12:43am

St Helens Star:

11:16pm

Saints boss Nathan Brown declared the win the best of the season given the manner in which they dug in.

Brown revealed that Luke Walsh had a calf injury, Jordan Turner, hamstring, and Sia Soliola a leg, but could not put times on their recovery.

 

9:49pm

Luke Walsh is out with his tracksuit on, limped back down the tunnel.

9:48pm

Final score; Saints have won. That was a real gutsy effort given the injuries.

Looked like Walmsley played on with injury there too.

Going to be a busy treatment table next week.

9:40pm

Swift scores Saints seventh of the evening. Phew!

9:34pm

Goal missed, 36-22.

9:33pm

Another Oldfield try, acrobatic touchdown in the corner.

9:31pm

St Helens Star:

9:28pm

Superb touchline conversion by Lomax, 38-18.

9:27pm

Big, big score for Lance Hohaia after a charging run from Willie Manu.

9:23pm

Oldfield try in the corner, Bosc goal. 

30-18, two score ball game.

9:15pm

Leon Pryce has taken a knock in the tackle. Play is stopped.

9:12pm

St Helens Star:

9:11pm

9:11pm

With the injuries Saints could do with getting a try now, just to settle this once and for all. They have just gone close but then Walmsley spilled a bad pass close to the line.

9:06pm

St Helens Star:

9:04pm

That is now three players off the pitch with injuries - never rains but it pours.

9:03pm

And now Sia Soliola is injured. He is being carried off by two trainers with what looks like a leg injury.

9:02pm

Try for Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.

Came after a great charge from Soliola following a Roby high kick and the pressure that followed.

8:59pm

Manu is on for Walsh, that means Wilkin will go to number 7.

8:58pm

Luke Walsh has not returned for the second half.

8:46pm

Those last two tries have subdued the home crowd.

Shame really there was a lot of good stuff in the middle 20 minutes of that half.

But the run of penalties - including a big line clearing one - have got the Dragons back in this game.

Prior to that we were probably looking at a cricket score.

8:43pm

Bosc goal, 24-12

8:42pm

Catalan have scored again. They have benefitted from four penalties onm the trot and are now back in the game. Pelissier try under the sticks.

8:38pm

34 mins and Mose Masoe is on.

8:38pm

Try for Catalan's Garcia - greeted with the chant of six points to the referee from the west stand.

Goal from Bosc. 24-6.

8:36pm

It is unfortunate that the day Saints dont have a back on the bench that they lose an outside back.

8:33pm

Saints playing good rugby and the west stand has really found its voice.

8:31pm

Walsh goal, 24-0.

8:30pm

A wonder try from Tommy Makinson, beating men in the middle from 45 metres out to score beneath the sticks.

8:29pm

Amor goes close after a great offload by loose forward Wellens.

8:28pm

Great break by Swift - too quick for the support!

8:27pm

Not a good sign, Turner has come off looking a touch uncomfortable, Soliola has replaced him.

8:26pm

Walsh goal, 18-0.

8:21pm

19: Try for Turner, Saints simply pounded the middle and then worked it right where Turner could power home. 16-0 kick to come.

8:20pm

Saints' kicking game is really punishing the French now. This time forcing a knock on from Escare.

8:19pm

Walsh goal, in off the cross bar 12-0.

8:17pm

15- Try time for Makinson, takes Turner's pass and speeds in at the corner.

8:16pm

Walsh kick wide - but Makinson can't collect this time

8:11pm

Walsh adds the goal, 6-0

8:10pm

Try for Josh Jones - Saints move the ball and he forces his way over on the left after 9 minutes.

8:09pm

Saints gave a guard of honour to Paul Wellens. 500 and Jon Wilkin 350 career appearances

8:05pm

Saints struggling to get out of their own half so far in the sets after knocking on from the kick off.

8:03pm

Catalan: Escare, Oldfield, Bailey, Pala, Vaccari, Pryce,Bosc, Simon, Pelissier, Lima, Taia, Whitehead, Baitieri, subs Mounis, Paea, Garcia, Springer.

8:01pm

Saints: Lomax, Makinson, Turner, Jones, Swift, Hohaia, Walsh, Walsh, Walmsley, Roby, Amor, Wilkin, Manu,  Wellens. subs Masoe, McCarthy Scarsbrook, Soliola, Laffranchi.

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7:45pm Sat 15 Mar 14

saintsfan says...

Getting weary of the injury problems at Saints. This isn't about luck anymore. This is the fourth season when multiple players have gone off injured in one match. Something clearly isn't right.

Still, it was good to get the win.
Getting weary of the injury problems at Saints. This isn't about luck anymore. This is the fourth season when multiple players have gone off injured in one match. Something clearly isn't right. Still, it was good to get the win. saintsfan
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