St. Helens  42
Widnes Vikings   24
St. Helens  42
Widnes Vikings   24
DATE
COMPETITION
VENUEATTENDANCE(HT)
20th Jan 2012
Karalius Cup
HOME
11924
HT:18-20
MATCH NOTES : The first match at Langtree Park, the new home of the Saints.

3 - Gary Wheeler
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 22

4 - Francis Meli
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 32

TRIES
1
WINNING HONOURS
2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF 2007 CCCF
2008 CCCF

5 - Jamie Foster
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 21

TRIES
1
GOALS
7

7 - Lance Hohaia
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 28

WINNING HONOURS
2014 SLGF

8 - Anthony Laffranchi
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 31

12 - Sia Soliola
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 25

TRIES
1
WINNING HONOURS
2014 SLGF

13 - Mark Flanagan
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 24

WINNING HONOURS
2014 SLGF

14 - Josh Perry
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 30

15 - Andrew Dixon
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 21

TRIES
1

16 - Lee Gaskell
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 21

TRIES
1

17 - Nathan Ashe
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 20

TRIES
1

Age in brackets is at time of match - Total average age for this team is 24. - ** non-playing sub


COACH : Royce Simmons


(2011-01-01 : 2012-03-17 )

MATCH REPORT


MATCH REPORT : The first ever game at Langtree Park witnessed the Saints retain the Karalius Cup for the fourth successive year. The occasion also witnessed the debuts of recent signings Lance Hohaia, Anthony Laffranchi and Mark Flanagan. In addition, Ade Gardner returned to the side after a long absence due to injury.

The match itself was a typical rusty boned encounter with attacking highlights punctuated with lapses in defence and timing and coordination issues for both teams. Never the less the occasion was truly historic and spectators will long remember the occasion rather than the rugby on offer.

Widnes certainly made the brighter start with tries from Paddy Flynn and Stefan Marsh before Sia Soliola, Francis Meli and the boot of Jamie Foster edged the Saints in front by 12 points to 10. The play and tries were generously traded in the first half with a Nathan Ashe touchdown keeping the Saints in touch with the Vikings who scored two further tries from Rhys Hanbury Paddy Flynn. The half time score of 20 points to 18 in favour of Widnes allowed the crowd to sample the facilities on offer at the new stadium.

Lee Gaskell, posting his intentions and 2012 ambitions, scored a very smart try only for Flynn to cross for his hat trick and tie the scores. The rest of the match belonged to the men in the Red Vee with tries from Andrew Dixon, Jamie Foster and Tommy Makinson sealing the win. The boot of Foster was perfect on the night as all seven tries were converted.

So the Saints were once again playing in their hometown with a very healthy following and lofty ambitions for a new era of success.

Dave Dooley









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