St. Helens  22
Castleford Tigers   0
St. Helens  22
Castleford Tigers   0
DATE
COMPETITION
VENUEATTENDANCE(HT)
30th Jun 2023
Super League
HOME
11488
HT:10-0

1 - Jack Welsby
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

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

2 - Will Hopoate
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

WINNING HONOURS
2022 SLGF 2023 WCC

3 - Konrad Hurrell
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

WINNING HONOURS
2022 SLGF 2023 WCC

4 - Mark Percival
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

TRIES
1
GOALS
3
WINNING HONOURS
2014 SLGF 2019 SLGF 2021 RLCCF
2021 SLGF 2022 SLGF 2023 WCC

5 - Jonathan Bennison
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

TRIES
1
WINNING HONOURS
2022 SLGF

7 - Lewis Dodd
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

WINNING HONOURS
2021 SLGF 2023 WCC

11 - Sione Matautia
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

TRIES
1
WINNING HONOURS
2021 SLGF 2022 SLGF 2023 WCC

12 - James Bell
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

WINNING HONOURS
2023 WCC

14 - Joey Lussick
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

WINNING HONOURS
2022 SLGF 2023 WCC

16 - Iggy Paasi
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

WINNING HONOURS
2021 RLCCF 2021 SLGF 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 : Both sides had spells of pressure in the opening ten minutes. Early on, Saints forced two dropouts attacking the West Stand, whilst a 40/20 from Riley Dean gave Castleford ball in the Saints ten, but strong Saints defence held them out. After a tight opening quarter, the hosts took the lead in the 17th minute. A high kick to the left corner from Lewis Dodd was patted down backwards by Jon Bennison, Sione Mata’utia picked the loose ball up and was able to force his way over from close range to open the scoring. Mark Percival’s kick went wide, 4-0 Saints led. A second almost followed soon after. Saints moved the ball down the right as Jonny Lomax made a break, Konrad Hurrell tried to find Will Hopoate on the wing, but the ball went to ground and Castleford were able to recover the ball. Saints had another opportunity with nine minutes of the half to go. A move downfield ended with Saints on the Castleford line, James Roby tried a kick on the last but it was claimed by the visitors and that allowed them to move the other way. Just before the break, Saints did grab their second try of the evening. A Kenny Edwards knock on gave Saints a scrum ten metres out, from it Roby found Lomax, he found Jack Welsby who cut inside on his right foot through a gap to dive over. Percival added the extras, 10-0 the hosts led at the break in a very wet Totally Wicked Stadium.

As the second 40 got underway, try-scorer Mata’utia was taken off at the break for a HIA. The forward did return to the action shortly after the game got back underway though. The third try of the game came 15 minutes into the second half. Saints went down the left edge and Lomax threw a cut-out pass to Bennison on the left wing, he ran into a Castleford defender but the impact allowed Saints’ number five to ground the ball over the line. Percival added the two from the left touchline, 16-0 Saints led. Castleford had a good chance to grab some points back with 20 minutes to go. Jacob Miller kicked high to their left corner and it was claimed by Jason Qareqare but a great tackle by Hopoate forced the Castleford winger into touch. Hurrell was then replaced for a HIA after an earlier clash with Albert Vete just inside the Saints half. Saints number 23, who signed a new contract this week, returned to the field shortly before the end of the game. The hosts almost had another try shortly after. Welsby peaked his head through the visitors’ line and found James Bell, he then tried to find Lomax with an offload but the ball went to ground as he tried to grab it under pressure. Another chance soon followed as Saints headed towards the sticks with Lomax following some steps, but our number six was held up by a combination of the post and a scrambling Tigers defence. With six minutes to go, Saints had another. From a scrum it was thrown left and that allowed Percival to slide over from close range. He added the extras to his own four-pointer, 22-0 Saints led. With the last play of the game, Widdop looked to break down the Saints right edge, but Hurrell pushed the Castleford man into touch, as Saints returned to winning ways with a 22-0 victory over Castleford Tigers at a very wet Totally Wicked Stadium!

Thanks to the Saints Media Centre for their excellent report.







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