WILDCATS 16-24 SAINTS

posted on 23 March 2014

St. Helens maintained their unbeaten start to the season after a ten-minute second half burst took the game away from the Wildcats.

The Wildcats came out on the wrong end of the scoreline against St. Helens.

A Paul McShane try in the opening minutes of the second period added to first half tries for Danny Kirmond and Reece Lyne to put the home side 16-4 in front.  But Saints scored three tries in ten minutes through Sia Soliola, Matt Dawson and Joe Greenwood  before a further Makinson try put Saints well in control.

The Wildcats players effort and commitment to the cause could not be questioned but lacking on energy in the final 15 minutes, they couldn’t muster a final effort to turn the match around.

Richard Agar brought in Jimmy Keinhorst for the injured Dean Collis whilst Andy Raleigh returned from his hamstring problem to take his spot on the replacements bench alongside debutant Harry Siejka.

Saints started with Paul Wellens and Jon Wilkin in the halves and lost Lance Hohaia in the warm-up.

Trinity started brightly, Keinhorst superbly picking up a low pass one-handed before rounding Lomax en route to the line, only to have the effort chalked off for a forward pass.  It was his last significant contribution, forced off less than a quarter into the match.

Wakefield arguably shaded the first scoreless 20 minutes but it was the visitors who struck first.  Some sharp handling put Tom Makinson away down the right who handed inside to Jones, the centre swatting away some weak tackles to make his way to the line.

The Wildcats spirit wasn’t dented and they responded after thirty minutes when Paul McShane spotted an opportunity down the blind side five metres out, passing to Matt Ryan who made the inside ball to Kirmond to go over.

Sammut couldn’t convert but he was at the heart of the next score, swooping on a loose pass from Saints to race 50 metres but with defenders covering across, he handed on to the pace of Lyne who finished off from 30 metres.

Wakefield got the half off to the best possible start when McShane through an outrageous dummy close to the line on the last to create a hole that allowed him a path to the try line.

Then came a ten minute spell that turned the game on its head.  Firstly Soliola went over from close range after the Wildcats were caught for numbers on their own line before Dawson just got on the end of a grubber through to dot down.

In the very next set Saints worked their way downfield and when Wellens hoisted a kick to the corner, Makinson leapt above Riley to score. Although he missed the conversion, Saints had an eight-point lead with 15 minutes to go.

Trinity players were out on their feet and couldn’t muster a fightback but had shown plenty of promise for future weeks.

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