Halifax Panthers  6
St. Helens  26
DATE
COMPETITION
VENUEATTENDANCE(HT)
19th May 2023
RLCC6
AWAY
4567
(HT:0:16)

1 - Jack Welsby
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

TRIES
1
WINNING HONOURS
2020 SLGF 2021 RLCCF 2021 SLGF
2022 SLGF 2023 WCC

3 - Will Hopoate
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

WINNING HONOURS
2022 SLGF 2023 WCC

4 - Ben Davies
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

5 - Tee Ritson
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

7 - Lewis Dodd
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

WINNING HONOURS
2021 SLGF 2023 WCC

9 - Joey Lussick
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

TRIES
2
WINNING HONOURS
2022 SLGF 2023 WCC

11 - Sione Matautia
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

WINNING HONOURS
2021 SLGF 2022 SLGF 2023 WCC

12 - Joe Batchelor
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

WINNING HONOURS
2021 RLCCF 2021 SLGF 2022 SLGF

13 - James Bell
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

WINNING HONOURS
2023 WCC

14 - Jonathan Bennison
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

WINNING HONOURS
2022 SLGF

15 - Iggy Paasi
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

WINNING HONOURS
2021 RLCCF 2021 SLGF 2022 SLGF
2023 WCC

16 - Jake Wingfield
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

TRIES
1
WINNING HONOURS
2022 SLGF 2023 WCC

17 - George Delaney
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH


Age in brackets is at time of match - Total average age for this team is 0 - ** non-playing sub


COACH : Paul Wellens


(2022-10-05 : 2023-12-31 )


MATCH VIDEO

MATCH REPORT


MATCH REPORT : The video referee was called upon seven minutes in. Alex Walmsley offloaded the ball to James Bell who picked it up and drove over the try-line. However, despite the on-field call of try, the video referee ruled no try so the scores remained level. Seconds later, another decision went upstairs. Joey Lussick went for one from dummy half as he tried to burrow under some defenders, but it was sent upstairs as a no try. The video referee disagreed with the referee again, awarding Lussick the try to give the visitors an early lead in the left corner. Tommy Makinson was unable to convert, 0-4 Saints led. The Red V had a great chance to increase that lead 14 minutes in. Jonny Lomax found Sione Mata’utia who broke a tackle and looked to fall over the try-line, but some good last ditch defending from the Panthers knocked the ball loose, and they received the ball back on their own line. The video referee was called into action again in the 25th minute. Saints were awarded a penalty and marched downfield, off the back of it, try-scorer Lussick fed Jake Wingfield the ball and he crashed over from close range for his first Saints try. The referee’s on-field decision of try was confirmed. Makinson added the two from in front of the sticks, 0-10 Saints led. Another followed two minutes later. Off the back of a break downfield from the returning Morgan Knowles, Saints moved the ball right and Jack Welsby threw a cut-out pass to Makinson on the wing and he cut inside before planting the ball over the line. Makinson added the two, 0-16. The Panthers’ best chance came as we entered the final ten minutes of the first period. An early kick by Louis Jouffret landed in acres of space, but the ball bounced in Saints’ favour which allowed Ben Davies to complete a tackle, before the referee ruled a knock on following the play the ball. Halifax thought they had grabbed a score just before the break. A move down their right edge saw James Saltonstall kick inside on the last, the ball bounced favourably this time which allowed James Woodburn-Hall to grab it and head towards the try-line. The video referee agreed with the on-field referee’s decision of no try though, 0-16 the score remained at the break.

It took just four second half minutes for try number four for the Saints. Welsby ran across the Panthers line from left to right and threw a dummy to stroll over in the right corner. Makinson missed the conversion, 0-20 the Red V led. Halifax had a great chance to reduce the deficit close to the mid-point of the second half. Ben Tibbs tried to find Lachlan Walmsley on their left edge but the pass was too low and bobbled into touch with just grass ahead of the Fax winger as Saints tried to scramble. Another chance followed with less than 16 minutes to play. A cut-out pass found Walmsley on the left wing but he was held up over the try-line, the referee had already dragged the play back though for a forward pass. Try number five came 12 minutes from time. Saints camped of the Panthers line and, just like he did in the first half, Lussick spotted a gap from dummy half and pounced to grab his second try from close range. Makinson converted, 0-26 Saints led. Halifax did grab a response with six minutes to go. A break down the middle by Ryan Lannon saw him find the supporting Jacob Fairbank on his inside who scored under the sticks. Jouffret converted, 6-26 Saints led. Saints were reduced to twelve as we entered the final minute, as Knowles was sent off for a high tackle. Saints progressed to the Quarter Finals of the Betfred Challenge Cup with a 6-26 victory over Halifax Panthers over in West Yorkshire.

Thanks to the Saints Media Centre for their excellent report.







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