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“Sack him tonight” – St Helens fans call for Paul Wellens out after “embarrassing” loss

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St Helens might be second in Super League but they’ve just been handed a huge upset defeat against Craig Lingard’s Castleford Tigers with the Red Vee losing 8-6 at home.

It’s a loss that marks one of the biggest upset results so far this season in Super League with Castleford Tigers priced as huge 9/1 outsiders with Bet365. One of the main reasons for such a high price was the fact that earlier in the year, Saints defeated Castleford 60-4 at The Jungle.

That result came despite the fact that the scores were only 8-4 to Saints at the half with the Red Vee scoring 52 unanswered points in the second half to humiliate Craig Lingard’s team. Cas have well and truly reversed the form with this memorable win, just their second in 16 games at The Totally Wicked Stadium in Super League.

The game started similar to the reverse fixture with St Helens only leading 4-0 at half time through a try for debutant Sam Royle, however, Cas managed to hit back through Innes Senior before Rowan Milnes boot slotted a penalty late on to edge Lingard’s team to a famous victory.

Whilst it’s a famous win for Castleford, it’s a devasting loss for St Helens and one that has led to a huge outrage from the Red Vee faithful with questions levelled at Paul Wellens in particular. There had been similar sentiments after the loss to Salford Red Devils before the international break.

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Who is to blame for the situation at St Helens?

St Helens head coach Paul Wellens

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Whilst it’s the players who take the field and ultimately put in the performance, plenty of the outrage from St Helens’ fans was being aimed at head coach Paul Wellens and the higher-ups.

Some of that went towards Mike Rush and Eamon McManus over the club’s recruitment, with one fan arguing that the team had been signing “absolute dross” that wasn’t up to “Saints standard”. Another argued that it was a result of the club being forced to balance the books as they labelled the recruitment “shocking”.

Plenty of the blame and upset was aimed at head coach Paul Wellens, who still isn’t contracted beyond this season, and some fans don’t want him to be contracted beyond the weekend with calls for his sacking.

One simply posted: “Sack him tonight.”

Another labelled the former player as “out of his depth” and asked what exactly the club had been doing for the past two weeks during the international break, with only Jack Welsby, George Delaney and Matty Lees in international action.

There was also suggestions that exiting star Lewis Dodd engaged in verbals with some of the fans according to the X account of established fan site RedVee.netsomething that rarely ends well and spells upset in a team.

There were also criticism as to the quality of the game with one former St Helens player claiming that they turned the game off.

John Stankevitch posted: “Never thought I’d say it but I’ve turned the Rugby League off to watch the Euros football. Saints v Castleford game is terrible.”

The loss for St Helens now means that a victory for Hull KR tomorrow against Catalans Dragons would see them leapfrog Paul Wellens’ side, whilst Wigan Warriors have also pulled a further two points clear after beating Leigh Leopards.

It’s left fans with a general consensus that something needs to change and seemingly the most common answer is Paul Wellens.

One fan surmised: “Don’t mind loosing, get transition, injuries etc but that is unacceptable for where we want to be. If this the level we’re going to, Wellens has to go. Simply not good enough.”

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Capper61

    July 5, 2024 at 11:28 pm

    You want your coach sacked for losing to cas, Featherstone sacked a coach for losing to the top teams in the championship and have gone backwards since. Can’t buy a win now.

  2. Jaybs

    July 6, 2024 at 10:56 am

    Paul Wellens should do what is Right, and resign this weekend, he seems out of his depth, superb player and a real Gent! it is painful to see him sat watching during the game. St Helens made the error with Cunningham and they have made it again! This is down to the one at the Top of the Club! the same with the statue! What an error that also was.

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