Friday 14th March 2014, 20:00 - Round:5

St Helens

St Helens

40 (24)

VS.

Catalans Dragons

(12) 22

Catalans Dragons
Josh Jones, Tom Makinson 2, Jordan Turner, Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Lance Hohaia, Adam Swift,

T Benjamin Garcia, Eloi Pelissier, Michael Oldfield 2,

Luke Walsh 4, Jonny Lomax 2,

G

Thomas Bosc 3,

  DG  

Attendance: 11,321  Official: G Stokes  Venue: Langtree Park

TRIES:
7
4
TRIES:
GOALS:
6
3
GOALS:
METRES:
1097
1010
METRES:
CARRIES:
175
169
CARRIES:
TACKLES:
289
295
TACKLES:
OFFLOADS:
9
16
OFFLOADS:
PENALTIES:
8
7
PENALTIES:
BREAKS:
8
2
BREAKS:

St Helens maintained their 100 per cent start to the First Utility Super League season as the leaders overcame Catalan Dragons 40-22 on the back of an electric opening 30 minutes.

The home side were always in control after accruing 24 unanswered first-half points - with Tom Makinson crossing twice - and, although opposing winger Michael Oldfield would reply with a second-half brace himself, that big deficit early on proved Catalan's undoing as they failed to chalk up their first win.

Saints’ victory means they have now won each of their first five fixtures but, as head coach Nathan Brown admitted in his programme notes, sterner tests await with Leeds Rhinos visiting Langtree Park in two weeks' time.

Saints may have opened the 2014 season in flawless fashion but they began with an inauspicious start here when full-back Jonny Lomax misread the kick-off. The visitors were unable to turn their fortune into points, though, and soon lost the territory battle.

Zeb Taia caught Willie Manu with a high, swinging arm and Saints put the first points on the board, working the ball out left to allow Josh Jones to cross with Luke Walsh adding the extras.

Catalan owner Bernard Guasch had hauled head coach Laurent Frayssinous in for crisis talks this week following a terrible first four games and there was little evidence the message had been heeded as two errors led to a pair of Saints tries.

First, Paul Wellens, making his 500th career appearance, pounced on a loose ball which culminated in Makinson's first try and Jordan Turner soon followed him over in the right corner following Morgan Escare's inexplicable knock-on. Walsh kicked both conversions - the first with the help of the goal's frame.

Saints were simply relentless and although Adam Swift's dart yielded no reward, his brilliant fellow winger Makinson's own waltz through the middle of Catalan's defence ended with him going under the posts, Walsh staying perfect with the boot.

While remaining undefeated, St Helens had conceded 40 points in their two home wins and their 24-0 lead would be halved by the interval. The Dragons profited from an offside a couple of metres out as Super League debutant Benjamin Garcia crossed and hooker Eloi Pelissier was left with a simply try after feigning to pass from close range.

After the restart Saints looked to resume their dominance. Sia Soliola benefited when Jon Wilkin's high kick bounced into his path and James Roby's intuitive assist allowed Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook to dot down.

Walsh was a half-time injury casualty so Lomax took on the conversion duties and stretched his team's lead to 18 points.

Escare's error-strewn evening continued when he knocked on in the act of being tackled, yet Saints did not take advantage and Lomax's own error from an up-and-under allowed Catalan to score again.

Leon Pryce, formerly of Saints' parish, used quick hands to spin the ball out to Oldfield and he had just enough room to spring over the line. Thomas Bosc converted to make it three from three for him and ensure the Dragons remained in touching distance.

Lance Hohaia made it half a dozen St Helens tries for the night after good work by Wilkin, yet Oldfield would touch down again with a magnificent one-handed effort which - after Bosc missed the extras - brought Catalan back to 36-22 and ensured a nervy final 10 minutes.

Lomax would free Swift to get his try, though, as the hosts reached the 40-point mark for the first time this season with their full-back's missed conversion failing to make the scoreline even more handsome.

Thomas Makinson 2 0 3 0 0 5 0 10 108 10.80 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Jordan Turner 1 1 4 0 1 1 0 3 31 10.33 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Joshua Jones 1 0 9 1 2 4 0 5 41 8.20 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Adam Swift 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 10 125 12.50 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
Lance Hohaia 1 0 10 1 3 0 0 5 12 2.40 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 1 0 31 5 3 2 0 13 78 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Jonathan Lomax 0 3 5 0 0 6 0 15 102 6.80 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0
Luke Walsh 0 0 8 2 3 0 1 2 4 2.00 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Alex Walmsley 0 0 26 8 0 1 0 19 132 6.95 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
James Roby 0 1 39 5 1 1 0 25 95 3.80 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 1
Kyle Amor 0 0 23 8 2 0 0 18 122 6.78 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Jon Wilkin 0 1 22 2 1 1 2 11 35 3.18 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Willie Manu 0 0 24 4 1 2 0 9 59 6.56 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 1
Paul Wellens 0 0 30 3 2 3 0 8 35 4.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Mose Masoe 0 0 16 2 1 0 0 10 63 6.30 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1
Iosia Soliola 0 0 9 1 0 0 0 2 10 5.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Laffranchi 0 0 30 4 3 1 0 10 45 4.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1

Stats Key

T: Tries
TA: Try assists
TK: Tackles
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts

AT: Attacking kicks
C: Carries
M: Metres
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half

E: Errors
FT: Forty twenty
G: Goals
MG: Missed goals
OF: Offload
P: Penalties

  • (SH) J. Lomaxx2
  • (W) T. Makinsonx2
  • (U) J. Turner
  • (U) J. Jones
  • (W) A. Swift
  • (SO) L. Hohaia
  • (SH) L. Walshx4
  • (P) A. Walmsley
  • (H) J. Roby
  • (P) K. Amor
  • (SR) J. Wilkin
  • (SR) W. Manu
  • (FB) P. Wellens
  • (P) M. Masoe
  • (P) L. McCarthy-Scarsbrook
  • (U) S. Soliola
  • (P) A. Laffranchi

Highlights

Key Performances

Player

Alex Walmsley

Metres: 132

Player

James Roby

Tackles: 39

Player

Eloi Pelissier

Tackles: 53

Player

Elliot Whitehead

Tackles: 33

Player

Jason Baitieri

Tackles: 31