St Helens 38 v 10 Salford City Reds

DATE
COMPETITION
VENUEATTENDANCE(HT)
10th Feb 2012
Super League
HOME
15537
HT:4-10
MATCH NOTES : The first official match at Langtree Park.

1

Lance Hohaia

AGE 28
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

2

Tommy Makinson

AGE 20
TRIES 0
GOALS 5
DROP GOALS 0

3

Gary Wheeler

AGE 22
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

4

Francis Meli

AGE 32
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

5

Ade Gardner

AGE 28
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

6

Lee Gaskell

AGE 21
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

7

Jonny Lomax

AGE 21
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

8

Tony Puletua

AGE 32
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

9

James Roby

AGE 26
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

10

Anthony Laffranchi

AGE 31
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

11

Chris Flannery

AGE 31
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

12

Sia Soliola

AGE 25
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

13

Jon Wilkin

AGE 28
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

14

Josh Perry

AGE 31
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

15

Paul Clough

AGE 24
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

16

Andrew Dixon

AGE 21
TRIES 2
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

17

Nathan Ashe

AGE 20
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

Age in brackets is at time of match - Total average age for this team is 25.


MATCH REPORT


MATCH REPORT : The pre match promotion ensured a massive crowd for this fixture. The Saints team emerged through a glittering guard of honour. The loudest cheers of the proceedings was left to the entrance of legendary Tom Van Vollenhoven with the match ball. Chairman Eamonn McManus gave a rousing speech before all time greats Kel Coslett, Keiron Cunningham and Alex Murphy cut the ribbon to officially open the new home of the Saints.

The fantastic and occasion seemed to stifle the Saints in a first half which saw Salford take the play to the Saints with enterprising play and some great defence. Old boy Matty Smith directed affairs for the Reds and well crafted tries from Jodie Broughton and Ashley Gibson provided Salford with a ten point lead approaching half time. However, a storming run and muscular groundwork from Sia Soliola clawed the Saints back into the match. The six points deficit at half time was a fair reflection of the first stanza.

The focus of the Saints half time discussions must have been on improving teamwork and fronting up more to the Salford six. Certainly the second half was a totally different kettle of fish as Saints dominated proceedings with captain for the night James Roby leading and driving the team relentlessly forward. Indeed the inspirational hooker grubbered on the last tackle and followed up to put the teams level after forty eight minutes. Soon after a well executed chip over the resolute Salford defence was gathered by Lee Gaskell who caused havoc and lobbed a perfect pass in to hands of Franny Meli who cut inside the cover defence to score. Makinson was on hand with a conversion.

Lomax and Gaskell in particular were now rampant and taking the play to the Salford defensive line. The latter then provided a neat pass into the grateful mitts of Andrew Dixon. Jonny Lomax then created a superb pass for Jon Wilkins who ran a fine line to score beneath the posts. Gaskell then followed up a fabulous weaving 80 metres run to send in the prolific Andrew Dixon for his brace. Finally, new recruit Anthony Laffranchi burst onto a neat inside Roby pass to score on the hooter. Makinson converted his fifth goal to send the mass of Saints fans home with a warm inner glow.

The 38 unanswered points gave an indication of the potential of this outfit in 2012. It was an emotional night that will live long with those who were fortunate to be at the Langtree Park and participate in the celebrations with all Saints, old and new.



GALLERY








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