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FT: St Helens 18 Warrington 36
5:19pm Saturday 29th September 2012 in Sport
This live event has finished
- Warrington defeat Saints and will face Leeds in the Grand Final
- Trent Waterhouse inspires the Wolves with two second half tries
- Saints had better of first half but Grix try in closing stages narrowed the gap to two points.
FULL TIME: St Helens 18 Warrington 36
Clock ticking down now on Saints' season. It will be a Leeds vs Warrington Super League Grand Final.
Anthony Laffranchi penalised for holdig down Micky Higham. Brett Hodgson steps up to convert from 35metres to give Warrington an 18-point lead. 18-36
TRY: Francis Meli forces the ball down in the corner despite the attentions of two Warrington defenders. The video referee rules he did not have a foot in touch. Conversion attempt misses. 18-34
Attendance announced as 12,715.
TRY: Chris Riley finishes after swift handling along the backline. Ryan Atkins had given the Wolves territory after stealing the ball one-on-one. 14-34
TRY: Waterhouse is over again after spinning out of the clutches of the would be tacklers. Video referee checks for any obstruction but gives the green light for try. Hodgson goals. 14-30
18minutes remaining for Saints to come up with something. Momentum with the Wolves.
TRY: Ryan Atkins bursts clear and produces a superb offload to send Trent Waterhouse under the posts. Hodgson converts. 14-24
Great kick pressure by Makinson forces Riley into touch 10metres from the Warrington tryline.
TRY: Warrington edge in front as video referee awards try for winger Joel Monaghan. The Aussie challenged Francis Meli for Lee Briers' kick to the corner - he lost the ball before regathering and touching down. Lee Briers converts from wide out. 14-18
This time Hodgson hangs on to a Wilkin bomb.
Half break by Stefan Ratchford but Lance Hohaia's cover tackle forces the error.
Another Wilkin bomb causes chaos. Ball is spread to Makinson but he is bundled into touch near the corner.
Second half to get underway. Saints lead 14-12
What a half should never have let that late try in 40 massive mins to go #coys forwards need to step it up for this half #slplayoffs— @Elvis1979 29 September 2012
RT @Saints1890: RT @Saints1890: Saints lead 14-12 at half time... tight old tussle!— @ilianawolf1 29 September 2012
Brett Hodgson adds the conversion. 14-12
TRY: Warrington respond as Simon Grix crashes through the Saints defence.
RT @kev298: RT @kev298: Try!!!Wellens!!!Yesssss!!— @wickedwilk 29 September 2012
Makinson converts. 14-6.
TRY: Hodgson can't hold Wilkin's spiral bomb under pressure from LMS and Paul Wellens follows up to gather the loose ball and touchdown. Video referee gives the try the nod.
Well in Francis #COYS #LANGTREELOUD— @jayne_murray 29 September 2012
TRY: Francis Meli goes over at the corner for Saints after Mark Flanagan gets an arm free and flings out an offload.
24mins gone and Saints are trailing 4-6. Brilliant finish by Tommy Makinson gave them the lead before Chris Riley responded for Warrington and Brett Hodgson converted from the touchline.
Are we ready to make #langtreeLOUD— @Saints1890 29 September 2012
Wolves Man of Steel contender Ben Westwood returns. A big boost for Saints' opponents. But there's no place for Garreth Carvell.
Lets get loud,#langtreeLOUD! Turn the WestStand Upto hear that sound!Lets get loud,#langtreeLOUD! Aint nobody gotta tell u Wot u gotta do!— @RedVeeDotNet 29 September 2012
So experienced Australian Chris Flannery starts in the centre, replacing Gary Wheeler. It will be the veteran's final appearance at Langtree Park.
Warrington team: Hodgson; Riley, Ratchford, Atkins, J Monaghan; Briers, Myler; Hill, Higham, Harrison, Westwood, Waterhouse, Grix.
Subs: Morely, M Monaghan, Wood, Cooper.
St Helens team: Wellens; Makinson, Flannery, Jones, Meli; Hohaia, Lomax; Perry, Roby, Laffranchi, Puletua, Flanagan, Wilkin.
Subs: Soliola, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Clough, Dixon.