St. Helens  12
Catalans Dragons   14
St. Helens  12
Catalans Dragons   14
DATE
COMPETITION
VENUEATTENDANCE(HT)
13th Jul 2023
Super League
HOME
12193
HT:6-8

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
1
WINNING HONOURS
2014 SLGF 2019 SLGF 2021 RLCCF
2021 SLGF 2022 SLGF 2023 WCC

5 - Jonathan Bennison
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

WINNING HONOURS
2022 SLGF

7 - Lewis Dodd
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

TRIES
1
WINNING HONOURS
2021 SLGF 2023 WCC

11 - Sione Matautia
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH

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

GOALS
1
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 : The visitors took the lead 14 minutes in. Consecutive penalties on the Saints line and they opted to kick for two with the latter of those. Adam Keighran took the kick and converted, 0-2 the French side led. That lead extended midway through the half. A high kick from Jonny Lomax to the Dragons’ left corner was fumbled but claimed by Keighran who found Tom Johnstone on the wing, he then raced the length of the pitch to increase the visitors’ lead. Keighran added another two points, 0-8. James Roby was then forced to leave the field for a HIA, which he failed which also rules him out of next weekend’s Betfred Challenge Cup Semi Final against Leigh Leopards. Saints tried their best to work an opening to get back into the contest, as pass by Joey Lussick found the ground but was spilled by the visitors, the referee ruled that the ball went backwards though, so no knock on was awarded. The hosts had a good chance to add their first points of the game. A kick through went towards James Bell who was tackled off the ball with it being touched down afterwards but the referee ruled knock on. The hosts did respond soon after though, after relentless pressure on the Catalans line. Lewis Dodd’s low kick found the chasing Mark Percival who collected it before grounding the ball to to left of the sticks. He converted his own try, 6-8 Saints trailed.

Catalans broke through again as Sam Tomkins found Mitchell Pearce, who gave the ball back to the former Wigan man, however the referee ruled forward pass. That was the final action of the first 40, as Saints trailed 6-8 at the Totally Wicked Stadium at the break. The Dragons grabbed the first points on the second half. The ball was worked right to Matt Ikuvalu and he was able to spin over and ground the ball. The try being awarded after a trip to the video referee. Keighran converted, 6-14. In the process of the try, try-scorer Percival was forced off for a HIA, he did not return so will also miss next weeks game against Leigh. Saints had chances to reduce the gap, but both Lussick and Sione Mata’utia got held up inches short of the try-line. Another chance soon followed. Will Hopoate broke a tackle down the right edge and looked to have gone over in the corner, but the touch judge ruled that he had gone out before getting the ball down. More chances followed, but Saints were unable to capitalise on their good field position as the Catalans defence stood firm. After constant pressure, Saints did reduce the deficit. An off the cuff move saw Saints throw it around before it found its way to the right edge. Bell found Hopoate, he made a break before finding the supporting Dodd on his inside who was able to get over the line. Lussick converted, 12-14 Saints trailed. Saints pushed hard to grab a winner but were held up just five metres from the Catalans line before almost winning it with the final play of the game but the ball found touch as Hopoate tried to find Hurrell on the visitors line. That was to be the final play, as we suffered a 12-14 defeat at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Thursday evening.

Thanks to the Saints Media Centre for their excellent report.







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