LiveSaints 38 Hull KR 18 - how the match unfolded and post match reaction

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  • Mose Masoe makes his debuts
  • Saints make it four from four to stay top
  • Tries for Swiift (2), Lomax, Walmsley, Soliola, Makinson, Wilkin


That's the third time in four games that Saints have scored 38.


League table is looking pretty good.

1. Saints p4, w4, pts 8.

2. Leeds p4, w3, d1, pts 7.

3. Widnes p3, w3, pts 6.

4. Castleford p3, w3, pts 6.


St Helens Star:


Nathan Brown praised his fast back three: "Both the wingers are playing terrific.

"Swifty and Tommy, with Jonny Lomax at the back have been three of our most consistent players."



St Helens Star: Try time for Adam Swift


St Helens Star: Lance Hohaia


St Helens Star: Mose Masoe


St Helens Star: Sia Soliola


St Helens Star: Kyle Amor


St Helens Star: Try time


St Helens Star: Adam Swift flies down the wing


Brown on Mose Masoe: "Mose needs to play and train. That is the key and it will take his game six to eight weeks to get to where he played back home.The only way is to play and train, play and train. 

"The good thing is he will have worked out Super League is a tough game, not easy, and the Hull KR forwards definitely queued up for him and were going in in big numbers when he carried the ball.

"They made it difficult for him and did a good job on him, but Mose knows he has a bit of work to do. But we were happy with his work tonight and look for gradual improvements over the next four or five weeks."


Nathan Brown said in the post match conference: "We led 12-0 and then we dropped the ball with the line open and went into a similar mode to the Hull game and just kept dropping the ball and gifting them possession on our line.

"To come in at 12-all at half time we were quite lucky.

"We were desperate for half time - if that game had kept going in the first half we were in some trouble.

"They had all the ball and field position and they have a lot of big forwards and their halves are competent.

"We just gifted them too much opportunity in the first half.

"The second half when we nailed down they struggled to come with us.

"Second half was brilliant - we got some good field position and Walshy came up with some nice kicks and big Al got his try.

"It was just good the way we went about it in that first 20 minutes of the second half."


Sandercock: "Saints upped the ante in the second half and their kicking game improved.

"We never gave up even though Saints had twice as much ball as us in the second half."


St Helens Star:


Saints take the deserved applause of the crowd.

Saints are now four wins from four and happily sitting on top of the pile.


Good performance from Saints for the majority of that game.

Some great tries and nice football from the men in the red vee, although the occasional concentration lapse was punished.

They will be really pleased with the way they stamped themselves back on the game at the start of the second half.


Wellens harshly has a try chalked off, presumably for obstruction.


Burns sin-bin after he pulled back Jon Wilkin chasing a try scoring kick through.


Soft Hull KR try from a tap penalty. Hodgson tapped and went in unopposed while Saints stood still. Burns goal.


Josh Hodgson knocks on for Hull KR and punches the ball to the floor in annoyance.


Another touchline goal from Walsh.


Saints fans rejoicing with "We are top of the league!"


Walsh kick, caught by Swift tapped on to Wilkin and great try.


Masoe back on for Walmsley with 12 to play.


For the second time Gary Wheeler drops the ball when Saints were threatening.


Soliola comes off to huge applause, Wellens on with 15 to play.


Saints fans give a loud rendition of Oh When the Saints. Good to hear.


Walsh misses the touchline goal, 32-12.


59: A superb Walsh dab, Makinson chases and touches down. Superb football and Saints are running hot again - four tries in 18 minutes.


Walsh has his kicking boots on again. Pinging it from the touchline to make 28-12.


56: High kick to the corner dropped by Ben Cockayne, Sia Soliola was there to forced it down for a try. 26-12


Walsh misses touchline goal, to ironic boos. Hope he gets the humour or he'll be on the plane!


52: Short drop out is punished and Saints are back on the attack straight away. Ball fanned left where Adam Swift touches down in the corner.


Saints are back on track and a great Wilkin high kick sees Rovers buried behind the line for a drop out.


Walsh back-heels it for a 18-12 lead.


48: And big Alex Walmsley bashes his way over for a try. Great strength there - looked tackled but kept going.


Saints are getting back on the front foot and a good attacking kick there is run into touch by the Rovers defence.


46: Masoe off, Walmsley on.


Saints escape the half - and the crowd finds its voice again.


Tommy Makinson takes a high ball well, Saints are battling out of the line, but Maso knocks on.





Saints players back out first. I wonder if there has been another verbal rocket in the sheds after that last 15 minutes?


A point to note - everyone wants Masoe to do well and throw his 20 stone about, but in 10 minutes he has tried to get involved in every tackle and is already blowing. Maybe he needs to conserve some energy and when he is involved in the tackle, rather than him having to get back in line after the tackle one of the other two players should do so and keep him at marker.

He should maybe be used a bit more sparingly to have a more devastating effect.


A half of two halves! Saints started like a whirlwind and had the Rovers run ragged, particularly down the left hand side.

A couple of missed chances and the odd lapse in concentration allowed Rovers a toe-hold back in the game.

Two tries later and it was probably a good time for half time for Saints.


Saints 12-12 Hull KR at half time with Rovers coming back strongly in the second quarter.


Burs kicks the goal, 12-12


38: Rovers looking dangerous now and have just scored again through Greg Eden.


Saints penalised for crossing.


Two charges in one set from Masoe - grinning from ear to ear.


Hull KR just bombed a glorious chance to level after a break up the middle ended with a knock on.


Masoe is on to loud cheers of expectation.


Burns kicks the goal 12-6.


31: Try for Hull KR - Kevin Larryer sneaks over in the corner.


The big man Mose Masoe is about to make his debut and the crowd roar.


28: First penalty to Hull KR. But kick does not find touch.


28: First chance for Hull KR after a high kick is touched down - but in goal touch judge says no try.


26 mins: Rovers getting a couple of the 50;50s here with knock ons.


Soliola on for Amor.


Spiral bomb from Walsh causes pandemonium and Saints get another set of six.

But set comes to nothing when Lomax dab through hits Rovers legs and is collected.


Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook is on for Alex Walmsley.


Rovers' Michael Weyman has come off - he looks absolutely shattered such is the pace of the game.


It's all Saints and they should have had another but Gary Wheeler just dropped the ball when put in the clear 40 metres ou.


Luke Walsh kicks the goal off the touchline. 12-0 to Saints


Super score from Jonny Lomax after a fine break down the wing by Adam Swift. The young full back dummied inside before outstripping the cover to score in the corner.


Saints are really giving this ball some air tonight - with Wheeler, Swift and Turner all showing their pace so far.


Great passage from Saints - bust up the middle from Jordan Turner. Adam Swift held but Walsh 's ambitious kick to right caught by Makinson but unable to ground


Walsh kicks his 20th goal of the season.


7 mins: Adam Swift try after Greg Eden's pass went behind his teammates.


Knock on by Saints handed Rovers the first attacking chance, but a forced pass from Greg Eden saw ball fly into touch.


Jonny Lomax kicks off.


Only about 100 Hull KR fans so far, sure that will double before kick off.





Paul Wellens is still one point off a thousand. Wonder if he'll get it tonight?


Paul Wellens is still one point off a thousand. Wonder if he'll get it tonight?


Paul Wellens is still one point off a thousand. Wonder if he'll get it tonight?


Hull KR did the double over Saints last season and knocked them out of the cup. 

Saints finally got on top in the play-offs.


Hull KR have a fair bit of size in that front row - interesting Wakefield re-union in the front row between Poore and Amor.


Hull KR: Eden; Cockayne, Welham, Salter, Hall; Burns, Keating; Poore, Hodgson, Weyman, Larroyer, Langley, Horne. Subs: Walker, Cox, Lovegrove, Green.


Centre Mark Percival misses out with a slight quad problem meaning Gary Wheeler comes in at centre.

Anthony Laffranchi makes way for Mose Masoe.


Saints: Lomax; Makinson, Turner, Wheeler, Swift; Hohaia, Walsh; Walmsley, Roby, Amor, Wilkin, Manu, Jones. Subs: Masoe, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Soliola, Wellens.


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