League
Challenge Cup World Club

St Helens 34 v 12 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

DATE
COMPETITION
VENUEATTENDANCE(HT)
1st Sep 2006
Super League
HOME
8991
HT:16-6
MATCH NOTES : Saints clinch the League Leaders trophy.

1

Paul Wellens

AGE 26
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

2

Ade Gardner

AGE 23
TRIES 2
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

3

Jamie Lyon

AGE 24
TRIES 1
GOALS 4
DROP GOALS 0

4

Lee Gilmour

AGE 28
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

5

Francis Meli

AGE 27
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

6

Leon Pryce

AGE 24
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

7

Sean Long

AGE 29
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

8

Nick Fozzard

AGE 29
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

9

Keiron Cunningham

AGE 29
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

10

Paul Anderson

AGE 34
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

11

Vinnie Anderson

AGE 27
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

12

Paul Sculthorpe

AGE 28
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

13

Jason Hooper

AGE 28
TRIES 0
GOALS 1
DROP GOALS 0

14

Mike Bennett

AGE 26
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

15

James Roby

AGE 20
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

16

James Graham

AGE 20
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

17

Maurie Fa'asavalu

AGE 26
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

Age in brackets is at time of match - Total average age for this team is 26.


MATCH REPORT


MATCH REPORT : It was not so much Challenge Cup hangover but Challenge Cup deja vu as Saints overcame a difficult start to earn the points that secured the League Leaders’ Shield for the second consecutive season.

Although they lacked the fluency of last week’s attacking display Saints, who welcomed back Mike Bennett from long-term injury, were still far too good for the Wildcats.

After Jamie Rooney slotted over a third-minute penalty, relegation-threatened Wakefield increased their lead when Jason Demetriou touched down in the right corner.

Just as at Twickenham, Saints were kept on the back foot for most of the opening quarter but a characteristically strong defensive performance restricted the Wildcats to one try, although Demetriou was inches away from doubling his tally.

Slowly Saints asserted their authority and once they had the territorial platform the try, which was scored by Paul Wellens, had an air of inevitability about it.

Both teams had chances to take the lead with dangerous kicks by Rooney for Wakefield and Lyon for Saints almost creating tries.

Two tries in four minutes just before half-time helped to settle the nerves of the Saints fans and went a long way to settling the contest.

First Lyon found a way through before Lee Gilmour touched down after Gardner’s break.

Although Wakefield came out strongly, Saints were able to maintain their ten-point advantage until substitute Adam Watene forced his way over from close range.

However endeavour is not sufficient on its own in Super League and Saints once again showed their clinical nature when they punished a mistake by Rooney. When the Wakefield stand-off had kicked the ball out on the full, Saints took full advantage with Long’s pinpoint crossfield kick being claimed by Ade Gardner who touched down in the right corner.

The Wildcats were then dealt two devastating blows: Greek international Michael Korkidas was sent off for head-butting Jamie Lyon on the ground then Leon Pryce scored Saints fifth try from the resulting possession to seal victory.

A last-minute try by Gardner added the gloss to the scoreboard for Saints, who can only be denied top spot by a mathematical meltdown in the remaining two rounds of Super League.

Saints: Wellens, Gardner, Lyon, Gilmour, Meli, Pryce, Long, Fozzard, Cunningham, P Anderson, Sculthorpe, V Anderson, Hooper.

Interchanges: Roby, Graham, Fa’asavalu, Bennett.

Tries: Gardner (2), Wellens, Lyon, Gilmour, Pryce.

Goals: Lyon (3/5), Hooper.

Wildcats: Halpenny, Demetriou, Evans, Atkins, Tadulala, Rooney, Jeffries, Korkidas, Obst, Watene, Henderson, Solomona, Betham.

Interchanges: M Field, Elima, Latu, March.

Tries: Demetriou, Watene.

Goals: Rooney (2/3)









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