St Helens 34 v 12 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

DATE
COMPETITION
VENUEATTENDANCE(HT)
1st Sep 2006
Super League
HOME
8991
HT:16-6
MATCH NOTES : Saints clinch the League Leaders trophy.

1

Paul Wellens

AGE 26
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
1999 SLGF 2000 SLGF 2001 SCCCF
2002 SLGF 2004 PCCF 2006 PCCF
2006 SLGF 2007 CCCF 2008 CCCF
2014 SLGF

2

Ade Gardner

AGE 23
TRIES 2
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
2004 PCCF 2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF
2007 CCCF 2008 CCCF

3

Jamie Lyon

AGE 24
TRIES 1
GOALS 4
WINNING HONOURS
2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF

4

Lee Gilmour

AGE 28
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
2004 PCCF 2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF
2007 CCCF 2008 CCCF

5

Francis Meli

AGE 27
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF 2007 CCCF
2008 CCCF

6

Leon Pryce

AGE 24
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF 2007 CCCF
2008 CCCF

7

Sean Long

AGE 29
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
1999 SLGF 2000 SLGF 2001 SCCCF
2002 SLGF 2004 PCCF 2006 PCCF
2006 SLGF 2007 CCCF 2008 CCCF

8

Nick Fozzard

AGE 29
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
2004 PCCF 2007 CCCF

9

Keiron Cunningham

AGE 29
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
1996 SCCCF 1997 SCCCF 1999 SLGF
2000 SLGF 2001 SCCCF 2002 SLGF
2004 PCCF 2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF
2007 CCCF 2008 CCCF

10

Paul Anderson

AGE 34
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF

11

Vinnie Anderson

AGE 27
TRIES 0
GOALS 0

12

Paul Sculthorpe

AGE 28
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
1999 SLGF 2000 SLGF 2001 SCCCF
2002 SLGF 2004 PCCF 2006 PCCF
2008 CCCF

13

Jason Hooper

AGE 28
TRIES 0
GOALS 1
WINNING HONOURS
2004 PCCF 2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF

14

Mike Bennett

AGE 26
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
2002 SLGF 2006 SLGF 2007 CCCF

15

James Roby

AGE 20
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF 2007 CCCF
2008 CCCF 2014 SLGF 2019 SLGF
2020 SLGF 2021 RLCCF 2021 SLGF

16

James Graham

AGE 20
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF 2007 CCCF
2008 CCCF 2020 SLGF

17

Maurie Fa'asavalu

AGE 26
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
WINNING HONOURS
2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF 2007 CCCF
2008 CCCF

Age in brackets is at time of match - Total average age for this team is 26.


MATCH REPORT


MATCH REPORT : It was not so much Challenge Cup hangover but Challenge Cup deja vu as Saints overcame a difficult start to earn the points that secured the League Leaders’ Shield for the second consecutive season.

Although they lacked the fluency of last week’s attacking display Saints, who welcomed back Mike Bennett from long-term injury, were still far too good for the Wildcats.

After Jamie Rooney slotted over a third-minute penalty, relegation-threatened Wakefield increased their lead when Jason Demetriou touched down in the right corner.

Just as at Twickenham, Saints were kept on the back foot for most of the opening quarter but a characteristically strong defensive performance restricted the Wildcats to one try, although Demetriou was inches away from doubling his tally.

Slowly Saints asserted their authority and once they had the territorial platform the try, which was scored by Paul Wellens, had an air of inevitability about it.

Both teams had chances to take the lead with dangerous kicks by Rooney for Wakefield and Lyon for Saints almost creating tries.

Two tries in four minutes just before half-time helped to settle the nerves of the Saints fans and went a long way to settling the contest.

First Lyon found a way through before Lee Gilmour touched down after Gardner’s break.

Although Wakefield came out strongly, Saints were able to maintain their ten-point advantage until substitute Adam Watene forced his way over from close range.

However endeavour is not sufficient on its own in Super League and Saints once again showed their clinical nature when they punished a mistake by Rooney. When the Wakefield stand-off had kicked the ball out on the full, Saints took full advantage with Long’s pinpoint crossfield kick being claimed by Ade Gardner who touched down in the right corner.

The Wildcats were then dealt two devastating blows: Greek international Michael Korkidas was sent off for head-butting Jamie Lyon on the ground then Leon Pryce scored Saints fifth try from the resulting possession to seal victory.

A last-minute try by Gardner added the gloss to the scoreboard for Saints, who can only be denied top spot by a mathematical meltdown in the remaining two rounds of Super League.

Saints: Wellens, Gardner, Lyon, Gilmour, Meli, Pryce, Long, Fozzard, Cunningham, P Anderson, Sculthorpe, V Anderson, Hooper.

Interchanges: Roby, Graham, Fa’asavalu, Bennett.

Tries: Gardner (2), Wellens, Lyon, Gilmour, Pryce.

Goals: Lyon (3/5), Hooper.

Wildcats: Halpenny, Demetriou, Evans, Atkins, Tadulala, Rooney, Jeffries, Korkidas, Obst, Watene, Henderson, Solomona, Betham.

Interchanges: M Field, Elima, Latu, March.

Tries: Demetriou, Watene.

Goals: Rooney (2/3)









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