SAINTS u20s 28 v 30 Castleford Tigers u20s – Sometimes life’s not fair and this was definitely one of those occasions for the players and coaching staff of the Saints Reserves.Having battled hard over the past few weeks to get to the play-offs injuries and deserved call-ups to the first team prevented Coach Ian Talbot from fielding his first choice side.However, take nothing away from the 17 players who took the field, 10 of which are still eligible to play for the U18s, they could and possibly should have won today but a penalty three minutes from time put an end to the Reserves season.James Hill opened the scoring diving over in the right corner after full back Greg Wilde had held up the defence before putting him into the space.The Saints dominated the opening quarter but just couldn’t add to the lead. Anthony Walker was forced dead in goal and from the resulting tap a missed tackle in the middle gave the Tigers an easy try.The final quarter was all Cas as the visitors took advantage of the Saints poor ball control to score two further tries. Both came down the Tigers right and both from good work from stand off Brierley feeding his centre Nathaniel to score.It was crucial the Reserves finished on a high and deep into stoppage time they managed to do just that. Stephen Lucas broke through the line only to be stopped short but from the quick play the ball Danny Jones forced his way over. Danny Yates converted to reduce the arrears to 8 at the break.The Tigers went further ahead on their first set of the second half sweeping the ball wide right from a scrum on the left.But the Saints dug deep and took the play to the visitors. Corey Lee was denied a debut try from Jordan Case’s forward pass after Marcus Baines and Yates had broke down the middle.The Tigers couldn’t stay with the increased work rate of the Saints and three repeat sets on their line was more than they could handle. Alex Trumper was held short but Greg Wilde went in at the left corner from the play the ball.Good work down the left from Josh Jones drew the defence over so that when Ben Karalius switched play Joe Greenwood could put Trumper into space for the try.The Tigers were finding it impossible to get to grips with Jones and his work again gave Karalius the space this time to go through himself for the score. Crucially the conversion was missed again leaving the scores level going into the final quarter.The Saints took the lead with 15 to go as Jones finally got his reward. Warren Thompson, back from his stint on loan at Swinton, drove down field and Jones stepped his way under the sticks for the go ahead try.But tiredness after the first half tackling stint began to set in and the completion rate slackened off giving the Tigers a sniff. They took advantage of a knock on on half way scoring down the left.A big effort was required, but despite great try saving tackles from Greg Wilde and a gang tackle on the last the referee saw a ball steal 20 metres out and Cas’s stand off continued his 100% kicking record to break the Saints hearts. So close and yet so far. Despite the best efforts of Man of the Match Josh Jones the Reserves just couldn’t hold on to the lead when it mattered.This will be the first time in four years that the Reserves have not contested the Grand Final, but in a season plagued by injuries and call-ups to players now playing starring roles in the First team this has been as good a season as could be hoped for. Many a team would not have coped at all with what this team has had thrown at them and that should be remembered by all.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Greg Wilde, James Hill, Josh Jones, Ben Karalius, Danny Jones, Alex Trumper.Goals: Danny Yates, Jordan Case.Castleford:Tries: Josh Nathaniel 2, Curtis McDonald, Ben Johnson, Joe Picketts.Goals: Ryan Brierley 5.Half Time: 10-18 Full Time: 28-30Teams:Saints:1. Greg Wilde; 2. James Hill, 3. Josh Jones, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Corey Lee; 6. Danny Yates, 7. Ben Karalius; 8. Danny Jones, 9. Aaron Lloyd, 10. Anthony Walker, 11. Alex Trumper, 12. Joe Greenwood, 13. Warren Thompson. Subs: 14. Marcus Baines, 15. Jordan Case, 16. Jordan Hand, 17. Stephen Lucas.Castleford:18. James Clare; 5. Tommy Newbould, 4. Josh Nathaniel, 3. Josh Atkinson, 2. Curtis McDonald; 6. Ryan Brierley, 7. Ben Johnson; 8. Jonny Payne, 9. Tom Carroll, 10. Clarke Thompson, 11. Charlie Martin, 12. Chris Siddons, 13. Joe Picketts. Subs: 14. Casey Canterbury, 15. Dan Fleming, 16. Shaun Richards, 17. Jack Smith.
THERE are still tickets remaining for Saturday’s Quarter Final tie against Wigan at the DW Stadium.The game, which kicks off at 2.30pm, sees the two sides go head to head for the second time this season with a semi final place on the line.Prices are:West: £22 for adults, £16 for juniors and concessionsEast: £20 for adults, £14 for juniors and concessions.You can buy by calling into the ticket office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052 until close of business on Friday.You can also buy on the day. For the West Stand head to the DW Ticket Office and there are cash turnstiles on the East Stand.
SAINTS have announced their squad for Friday’s Super League XVIII Round 9 match at Wigan Warriors.Anthony Walker returned to the side in place of the injured Tony Puletua but Jonny Lomax misses out.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 8. Josh Perry, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Josh Jones, 21. Tom Makinson, 23. Nathan Ashe, 25. Alex Walmsley, 27. Anthony Walker, 30. Mark Percival, 35. Lewis Charnock.Shaun Wane will choose his Wigan side from:1. Sam Tomkins, 2. Josh Charnley, 3. Darrell Goulding, 4. Jack Hughes, 5. Pat Richards, 6. Blake Green, 7. Matty Smith, 9. Michael McIlorum, 12. Liam Farrell, 13. Sean O’Loughlin, 15. Ben Flower, 16. Chris Tuson, 17. Iain Thornley, 21. Scott Taylor, 23. Logan Tomkins, 25. Rhodri Lloyd, 26. Dom Crosby, 29. Greg Burke, 30. Tom Spencer.The game kicks off at 12.15pm and the referee is Richard Silverwood.Ticket details are here.Stat Pack:Last 10 Meetings:Wigan 18, St Helens 26 (SLR27, 7/9/12)St Helens 16, Wigan 42 (SLR15, 27/5/12) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Wigan 18, St Helens 4 (CCQF, 12/5/12)St Helens 10, Wigan 28 (SLR10, 6/4/12)St Helens 26, Wigan 18 (SLQSF, 1/10/11)Wigan 18, St Helens 26 (SLQPO, 18/9/11)St Helens 12, Wigan 18 (CCSF, 6/8/11) (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)St Helens 10, Wigan 32 (SLR18, 17/6/11)Wigan 28, St Helens 24 (SLR11, 22/4/11)St Helens 16, Wigan 16 (SLR1, 12/2/11) (at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)Super League Summary:Wigan won 29 (includes win in 2010 Grand Final & wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004 play-offs)St Helens won 27 (includes win in 2000 Grand Final & wins in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2011 play-offs)4 drawsUps and Downs:Wigan highest score: 65-12 (A, 1997) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 57-16 (MM, 2008) (also widest margin)ADE GARDNER needs four tries to reach 200 career touchdowns.His total of 196 has been scored as follows: 170 for St Helens (2002-2013), 15 for Barrow (2000-2001), 2 for Great Britain (2006-2007), 2 for England (2008) and 7 for England ‘A’ (2002-2003).He has also made three non-scoring appearances for Cumbria (2003-2004 & 2010).
TICKETS for Saints away trip to Castleford Tigers on Sunday July 7 are still on sale.The match kicks off at 3.30pm.They are priced at Adult – £19, Concession (60+, Students with NUS card, Juniors) – £11 with Juniors (under 5s) free.Prices go up £2 on matchday and an upgrade to seating is £3.Junior Season Ticket Holders MUST collect a voucher 48 hours in advance of matchday or they will NOT be allowed entry to the Wish Communications Stadium. Tickets cannot be exchanged on matchday.To buy call into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, telephone 01744 455 052 or log on here.