St. Helens  38
Salford City Reds   10
St. Helens  38
Salford City Reds   10
DATE
COMPETITION
VENUEATTENDANCE(HT)
10th Feb 2012
Super League
HOME
15537
HT:4-10
MATCH NOTES : The first official match at Langtree Park.

1 - Lance Hohaia
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 28

WINNING HONOURS
2014 SLGF

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

6 - Lee Gaskell
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 21

8 - Tony Puletua
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 32

10 - Anthony Laffranchi
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 31

TRIES
1

11 - Chris Flannery
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 31

WINNING HONOURS
2008 CCCF

12 - Sia Soliola
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 25

TRIES
1
WINNING HONOURS
2014 SLGF

13 - Jon Wilkin
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 28

TRIES
1
WINNING HONOURS
2004 PCCF 2006 PCCF 2006 SLGF
2007 CCCF 2008 CCCF

14 - Josh Perry
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 31

15 - Paul Clough
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 24

WINNING HONOURS
2007 CCCF 2008 CCCF

16 - Andrew Dixon
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 21

TRIES
2

17 - Nathan Ashe
AGE AT TIME OF MATCH 20


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


COACH : Royce Simmons


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

MATCH REPORT


MATCH REPORT : The pre match promotion ensured a massive crowd for this fixture. The Saints team emerged through a glittering guard of honour. The loudest cheers of the proceedings was left to the entrance of legendary Tom Van Vollenhoven with the match ball. Chairman Eamonn McManus gave a rousing speech before all time greats Kel Coslett, Keiron Cunningham and Alex Murphy cut the ribbon to officially open the new home of the Saints.

The fantastic and occasion seemed to stifle the Saints in a first half which saw Salford take the play to the Saints with enterprising play and some great defence. Old boy Matty Smith directed affairs for the Reds and well crafted tries from Jodie Broughton and Ashley Gibson provided Salford with a ten point lead approaching half time. However, a storming run and muscular groundwork from Sia Soliola clawed the Saints back into the match. The six points deficit at half time was a fair reflection of the first stanza.

The focus of the Saints half time discussions must have been on improving teamwork and fronting up more to the Salford six. Certainly the second half was a totally different kettle of fish as Saints dominated proceedings with captain for the night James Roby leading and driving the team relentlessly forward. Indeed the inspirational hooker grubbered on the last tackle and followed up to put the teams level after forty eight minutes. Soon after a well executed chip over the resolute Salford defence was gathered by Lee Gaskell who caused havoc and lobbed a perfect pass in to hands of Franny Meli who cut inside the cover defence to score. Makinson was on hand with a conversion.

Lomax and Gaskell in particular were now rampant and taking the play to the Salford defensive line. The latter then provided a neat pass into the grateful mitts of Andrew Dixon. Jonny Lomax then created a superb pass for Jon Wilkins who ran a fine line to score beneath the posts. Gaskell then followed up a fabulous weaving 80 metres run to send in the prolific Andrew Dixon for his brace. Finally, new recruit Anthony Laffranchi burst onto a neat inside Roby pass to score on the hooter. Makinson converted his fifth goal to send the mass of Saints fans home with a warm inner glow.

The 38 unanswered points gave an indication of the potential of this outfit in 2012. It was an emotional night that will live long with those who were fortunate to be at the Langtree Park and participate in the celebrations with all Saints, old and new.



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