Saints Steal Victory From Under The Dragons' Nose

What a tough encounter this was with two well balanced teams playing captivating rugby league and saints eventually claiming the glory.

This was Catalans first home game after their Wembley victory and the atmosphere was electric .Of course Saints had that additional motivation besides the league leader shield as the Dragons has also defeated them in the Cup semi final just a month or so ago.

Into the game and Catalan started like a house on fire with scores to David Mead and Remi Casty.

Mead was quick to follow up a superb Greg Bird break when somehow the Saints defence kept him out. Mead was on hand from the play the ball.
Casty’s score was from a nice passing movement across field which he himself started . His delight in this score was there for all to see.
Saints were able to respond with scores from Mark Percival and Theo Fages
Percival’s score was pure class as Fages, Johnny Lomax and Regan Grace produced remarkable passing skills to open the gap for an in form Percival .
The try by Theo Fages was a delight as he waltzed through a home defence with some magical steps for a fantastic individual score .

When big Sam Moa was sin binned on 33 minutes Danny Richardson took the two points and Saints were in the lead by 14-12.
This was end to end stuff and Matty lees for saints and Kenny Edwards for the Dragons both had tries ruled out in the run up to half time.

Into the second half and winger Iain Thorniley was on the end of another superb Tony Gigot pass to take the four points. Kenny Edwards then somehow avoided despairing saints defence after taking a nice pass fromJosh Drinkwater.
Two conversions from Drinkwater and Catalan were looking a good bet for the game.

however with just nine minutes to go Lomax was on the end of a Percival inside ball after the centre had calved up the Catalan defence with a mesmerising run. Danny Richardson’s conversion and there was everything to play for.

It would take a special effort to win this game and that came from Morgan Knowles who ran with total power from 20 meters out and appeared unstoppable. Richardson’s conversion sealed a four point win for the visitors and at 22-26 this was a game that had everything.

Mark Percival , Johnny Lomax ,Theo Fages and Morgan Knowles were a danger throughout and will be happy with this well worked victory. Saints are looking like a very good team and when their three quarter line clicks they are hard to stop.

Catalans Dragons: Gigot; Tierney, Mead, Wiliame, Thornley; Langi, Drinkwater; Simon, McIlorum, Moa, Bird, Edwards, Casty.

Replacements: Bousquet, Baitieri, Da Costa, Goudemand.

St Helens: Lomax; Makinson, Costello, Percival, Grace; Fages, Richardson; Amor, Knowles, Thompson, Taia, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Wilkin.

Replacements: Douglas, Lees, Ashworth, A. Smith.


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