St Helens 46-28 Catalans Dragons

St Helens 46-28 Catalans Dragons

Report

St Helens moved within three points of Super League’s top four with a seven-try victory against Steve McNamara’s Catalans at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

On what was a beautiful Summer afternoon, the result was in the balance going into the final 10 minutes before three quick-fire tries sealed the result for the hosts.

Centre Mark Percival scored a try and kicked nine goals as Saints eventually proved to good for a Dragons side who are preparing for the Qualifiers.

It took just three minutes for the first try as Justin Horo latched onto a beautifully disguised reversed kick from Luke Walsh to score near the posts.

Saints hit back almost immediately as Theo Fages scored against his countrymen following great work from Jon Wilkin and James Roby.

The French side regained the lead inside the first quarter with former Saints man Walsh producing a fine solo try, with his second conversion of the match making it 6-12.

Saints were in need of a spark and Alex Walmsley provided it as he showed great pace and power to run 40 metres and level up the game again.

Percival added a penalty goal to edge Saints ahead but Dragons’ full-back Tony Gigot ran onto Walsh’s kick to go over unopposed and put Catalans back ahead.

With half-time approaching, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook’s four-pointer ensured Saints went in 20-18 ahead as the big forward profiting from Zab Taia’s neat work.

The ding-dong nature of the game continued after the restart as second-rower Horo grabbed his second of the afternoon, before Percival kicked another penalty to make it 22-22.

As we approached the final quarter, Saints regained the lead with centre Ryan Morgan producing a moment of magic that allowed Jonny Lomax to cross the whitewash.

Percival converted and kicked another penalty goal to stretch the lead to 30-22, only for Richie Myler’s full-length try and Walsh’s conversion reducing the deficit to two again.

With six minutes to go St Helens finally landed the killer blow as Percival scored in the corner after some expansive rugby created space for the centre out wide.

Incredibly, there was still time for two more tries as Luke Thompson spun his way over from close range and then Morgan won the race for Roby’s kick through to make the final score 46-28.

It’s a result that puts St Helens within three points of the top four with just one game to play before the Super 8s.

St Helens

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Jonny LomaxFull Back100000
2Tommy MakinsonWing000000
3Ryan MorganCentre100000
4Mark PercivalCentre190000
6Theo FagesStand Off100001
9James Roby 17Hooker000000
12Jon WilkinSecond Row000000
14Luke Douglas 20Prop000000
16Luke Thompson 8Prop100000
18Dominique Peyroux 13Second Row000000
24Danny RichardsonScrum Half000000
28Regan GraceWing000000
36Zeb TaiaSecond Row000000
8Alex Walmsley 16Interchange100000
13Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 18Interchange100000
17Tommy Lee 9Interchange000000
20Morgan Knowles 14Interchange000000
 Total 790001

Catalans Dragons

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Tony GigotFull Back100000
3Krisnan InuCentre000000
5Fouad YahaWing000000
6Luke WalshStand Off140000
7Richie MylerScrum Half100000
8Sam Moa 10Prop000000
9Paul Aiton 23Hooker000000
11Louis Anderson 13Prop000000
12Justin HoroSecond Row200000
14Julian Bousquet 26Prop000000
17Jason BaitieriLoose Forward000000
18Vincent DuportCentre000000
21Lewis TierneyWing000000
10Remi Casty 8Interchange000000
13Greg Bird 11Interchange000000
23Alrix Da Costa 9Interchange000000
26Romain Navarrete 14Interchange000000
 Total 540000

Match Details

Date Time Competition Season Match Day
July 16, 2017 3:00 pm Super League 2017 Sunday

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
St Helens202646
Catalans Dragons181028