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“Winning nothing under Wellens” – St Helens’ fans fume after defeat to Salford

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St Helens headed into the international break with a loss as Paul Rowley’s Salford Red Devils defeated the Red Vee 20-18 in a thrilling game at the Salford Stadium, however, the defeat hasn’t been well-received by Saints fans with plenty calling for Paul Wellens to be sacked.

Paul Wellens has been under pressure in the job for much of his tenure, such is the nature of coaching a team that had won four Grand Finals in a row, but recently that pressure had eased with a series of impressive wins.

That doesn’t change the fact that the St Helens’ head coach is out of contract at the end of the season, something that is surely adding more pressure onto him due to his lack of security. It has meant that after any sub-par performance a faction of fans have questioned if he’s the right man for the job and that faction was very vocal after yesterday’s defeat.

Despite taking the lead through James Bell, Saints were pegged by by a Deon Cross double and went into the break trailing 10-6. It could have been 16-6 if Chris Atkin’s try hadn’t been ruled out for Marc Sneyd’s deliberate missed kick.

St Helens got back in front courtesy of Curtis Sironen but the teams then traded scores with Kallum Watkins’ try cancelled out by Mark Percivals before Chris Hankinson’s late winner. The defeat means St Helens won’t return top of the table and incredibly for some fans, second place and a poor performance have seen them demand a change at the top.

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St Helens head coach Paul Wellens

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Much of the vitriol towards the team and Wellens came on the official St Helens Twitter (formerly X) page with fans responding to the full-time post with plenty of disgust.

“Utter garbage” were the sentiments of one whilst another labelled the performance “gutless”. Another argued that it was “hard to find any positives”.

Despite taking the lead early on, one fan claimed the performance was “absolutely pathetic” and added: “Sloppy from start to finish. Looked completely out of ideas.”

St Helens had been on a four-game winning streak before the loss to Salford and one fan argued that those victories were simply a case of papering over cracks.

They said: “S***e… back to reality after a couple of misleading wins against poor sides… This team is winning nothing under Wellens.”

The suggestion of removing Paul Wellens was hinted at by another who claimed: “There are a couple decent out of work NRL coaches waiting. We need to consider moving for one.”

A lack of tactical nouse, something that Salford under Rowley and the generalship of Marc Sneyd are elite at, was also claimed by fans.

One posted: “The one consistent theme under Wellens is the lack of discipline. Considering he has such a big coaching team, there was some bad tactical work out there today.”

Others had similar ideas.

Paul Wellens will now get two weeks with his St Helens side before they return to action and take on Castleford Tigers before two tough tests against Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves, games that will be a true litmus test of this side.



  1. Dan

    June 24, 2024 at 10:17 am

    Some fans need a reality check. They can’t steam roll year after year. The salary cap, squad age and player availability are clearly having an impact. It was always going to happen after a few outstanding years, regardless of who was the coach. But they’re managing it well. Second in the league, most tries scored and least conceded. Delaney getting more game time and Stephens coming through have been big positives. Everything isn’t perfect but engage your brain and look at the bigger picture.

    Against Salford, they had 6 starters missing, but still they should have won the game. Says a lot about the squad.

  2. Anonymous

    June 25, 2024 at 7:48 am

    should never have taken that job need a new manager and staf and some new players

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