|20th Jan 2012||Karalius Cup ||HOME||11924||HT:18-20|
|MATCH NOTES : The first match at Langtree Park, the new home of the Saints. |
|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 : 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.
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