League
Challenge Cup World Club

Gateshead Thunder 6 v 66 St Helens

DATE
COMPETITION
VENUEATTENDANCE(HT)
30th May 2009
CCC6
AWAY
4325
(HT:6:36)

1

Paul Wellens

AGE 29
TRIES 2
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

2

Jonny Lomax

AGE 18
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

3

Matt Gidley

AGE 31
TRIES 2
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

4

Chris Flannery

AGE 28
TRIES 2
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

5

Gary Wheeler

AGE 19
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

6

Leon Pryce

AGE 27
TRIES 2
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

7

Sean Long

AGE 32
TRIES 0
GOALS 1
DROP GOALS 0

8

Bryn Hargreaves

AGE 23
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

9

James Roby

AGE 23
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

10

James Graham

AGE 23
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

11

Jon Wilkin

AGE 25
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

12

Matty Ashurst

AGE 19
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

13

Tony Puletua

AGE 29
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

14

Keiron Cunningham

AGE 32
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

15

Paul Clough

AGE 21
TRIES 0
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

16

Kyle Eastmond

AGE 19
TRIES 1
GOALS 8
DROP GOALS 0

17

Maurie Fa'asavalu

AGE 29
TRIES 1
GOALS 0
DROP GOALS 0

Age in brackets is at time of match - Total average age for this team is 25.


MATCH REPORT


MATCH REPORT : SAINTS cruised into the Semi Finals of the Challenge Cup with a 66-6 win over Gateshead Thunder. The Cup Holders were efficient and professional in their task and scored 12 tries in the process. They led 36-6 at half time thanks to a seven try show that featured Sean Longís 1000th goal for the club. Tries for Matt Gidley, James Roby, Paul Wellens, Chris Flannery, Maurie Fa asavalu, Kyle Eastmond and Leon Pryce effectively put them in the bag for the final four. But Thunder, led by a superb home support, never gave up and had a try from the excellent Ben McAlpine to show for their endeavours. In the second half, further scores from Matty Ashurst, Wellens, Gidley and Flannery sealed their passage.

Saints lined up with Jonny Lomax and Gary Wheeler on the wings, whilst Bryn Hargreaves and James Graham formed a front row partnership with James Roby. That meant a rare appearance on the bench for Keiron Cunningham. Kyle Eastmond was also named on the bench. Gateshead hooker Andrew Henderson understandably did not play after the tragic loss of his father with Ryan Clarke taking his place. After a minute silence as a mark of respect for Henderson, Saints kicked off. Within the first couple of minutes, Chris Flannery had gone close then Matt Gidley put Saints ahead. The ball was kept alive from one side of the field to the other and Jon Wilkin drew the man to put the former Australian international in. One minute later, James Roby profited from a wonderful break from Sean Long to make it 8-0. But Gateshead were not overawed and put in two good sets on Saints line, losing the ball the first time and Lomax mopping up on the second occasion. On the third occasion, Ben McAlpine was wrapped up by Leon Pryce and Gary Wheeler. A quarter of the way on Lomax was sent free by Gidley, only to see his run halted by an excellent cover tackle from Luke Branighan. Five minutes later McAlpine was involved against, picking up Neil Thormanís kick through, but he just could not gather. Saints made the Thunder pay for that error, by going up the other end of the field and stretching their lead further through Paul Wellens. The 1000th Sean Long goal in Saints colours made it 14-0. Shortly afterwards, Paul Clough came on for Tony Puletua and on his first run was held up over the line. But that did not stop the ball going left seconds later and Flannery going over. Maurie Fa asavalu then scored with a characteristic rampaging run and seconds later Kyle Eastmond took Pryceís pass to go 80 yards. Pryce went under the sticks with seven minutes to go but Gateshead got on the board when McAlpine intercepted and went 50 yards.

Half Time: Gateshead 6 Saints 36

It took Saints nine minutes to cross the line in the second half; Chris Flannery taking a Jon Wilkin pass, but he was adjudged to have been held up. On Saints next attack Pryce squeezed out an amazing pass to Matty Ashurst who scored his first for the club. Moments later Kyle Eastmond flipped out an equally outstanding pass for Wellens second. Lomax fed Gids for his second on 56 minutes, Pryce got his second eight minutes later and Eastmond converted his seventh from seven to bring up the 60 tally. Gary Wheeler fed Chris Flannery for his second of the game in the final stages as Saints eased into the next round of the Challenge Cup.








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