THE Saints came from behind to record a great 342

first_imgTHE Saints came from behind to record a great 34-29 victory over a strong Wildcats team sprinkled with ex NRL stars, writes Graham Henthorne.The Saints got off to their by now customary, if frustrating, start by conceding within the first minute, the Wildcats punishing Gary Wheeler’s dropped kick off.It took a while for the Saints to find their feet against the enthusiastic Wildcats but they drew level after a piece of poor play from the home side. A last tackle kick from Danny Yates was taken over the touchline under no pressure by the Wildcats winger giving the Saints a scrum on the 10 metre line.The ball was worked to the right for Captain Carl Forster to drive over to bring the scores level.The Saints deserved to go ahead but a great short ball from Shaun Magennis which put Nathan Ashe through the line was adjudged forward. However, the Saints bench were directly in line and were of a different opinion!Immediately the home side took advantage of the situation and broke through some flimsy tackling to score.The Saints went further behind after 23 minutes finally succumbing to an Isaac John sidestep on the third set of six in a row.But the final ten minutes of the half belonged to the Saints as they finally managed to hang onto the ball enough to put the home side under pressure.A quickly taken penalty on the Wildcats 30 metre line was taken on by Forster but passed out to Ashe. His quick pass put Magennis through and he returned the favour with a deft pass out of the back of the hand to put Ashe under the posts. Lewis Charnock took over the kicking and kicked the first of his five out of five.Adam Swift put the Saints level scooping up a loose ball and showing a clean pair of heels to the chasing pack as he races 60 metres to the sticks.A measure of the respect this comeback had produced was the fact that John kicked a drop goal on the half time whistle.The Saints were disappointed with their first half display but took heart from only being one point down knowing that anything like their best would produce the goods.The Saints should have taken the lead as another Magennis short ball put Ashe away but Wheeler decided to cut back inside when maybe he should have backed himself.So it was the Wildcats who actually increased their lead as a wicked bounce fell into the winger’s hands and he rounded the defence for the score.A great set out of defence put the Wildcats on the back foot and allowed Swift the space to step off both feet to score on a 60 metre run.Then debutant Matty Fozzard had a try controversially disallowed. From the kick off Nathan Ashe gathered the ball from a Wildcat knock back but Scott Hale was harshly adjudged to have impeded the catcher.This galvanised the Saints who took it to the rapidly wilting home side. On the last Danny Yates put up a great bomb which Jordan Case plucked out of the air after leaping higher than the cover.The Saints were flying now. Wheeler had another try harshly ruled out for a marginal obstruction on his way to the line but Yates increased the lead with a fabulous individual effort.With the defence waiting for the kick he dummied to Swift but scythed through the line on an arcing run then came back inside the full back to the posts for the try.The final 15 minutes was a nervy affair as injuries and a mounting penalty count meant that the Saints spent most of it defending their own line. But, as it was only broken once, the Saints managed to hang on for a great win.Swift and Ashe showed glimpses of the flair both have in abundance but as ever Forster, Magennis showing fabulous touch for a big man, Jordan Hand and Ant Walker, who did a 65 minute stint were the foundation of the win.Match Summary:Wakefield:Tries: Gareth Croft, Sam Fletcher, Isaac John, Steve Southern 2.Goals: Jordan Grayston 4.Drop Goals: Isaac John.St Helens:Tries: Adam Swift 2, Nathan Ashe, Danny Yates, Carl Forster, Jordan Case.Goals: Lewis Charnock 5.Half Time: 16-17Full Time: 34-29Teams:Wakefield:1. Jordan Grayston; 2. Gareth Croft, 3. Sam Parkin, 4. Josh Hardcastle, 5. Sam Fletcher; 6. Isaac John, 7. Danny Ansell; 8. Adam Gledhill, 9. Ryan Wright, 10. Tom Lillycrop, 11. Adam Slater, 12. Kyle Trout, 13. Steve Southern. Subs: 14. Jordan Lowther, 15. Jake Joynt, 16. Declan Storey, 17. Andy Tate.Saints:17. Gary Wheeler; 2. James Hill, 3. Adam Swift, 4. Alex Trumper, 5. Lewis Charnock; 6. Nathan Ashe, 7. Danny Yates; 8. Shaun Magennis, 9. Lewis Foster, 10. Carl Forster, 12. Joe Greenwood, 11. Scott Hale, 13. Danny Jones. Subs: 14. Matty Fozzard, 15. Jordan Case, 19. Ant Walker, 20. Jordan Hand.last_img read more


first_imgThe game was full of action and incident from the first minute when Wakefield knocked-on from the opening kick-off.Saints took the advantage of their early pressure to lead through a well-worked Morgan Knowles try after a neat pass from Fages.After a scrappy first 20, Wakefield hit back with an excellent diving finish from Tom Johnstone to make it 6-4 to Saints after Danny Brough missed the conversion.Lachlan Coote then got into the game with the first of two brilliant assists. The first to set Tommy Makinson free to glide in from 30m out to give Saints and extended lead. Percival missed the conversion to give Saints a 10-4 advantage.Less than two minutes later, Wakefield hit back as some great offloading from Miller and Ashurst gave Johnstone his second try of the game to tie the thigs up at 10-10.The last ten mins of the half were less favourable for Saints with Lachlan Coote kicking the first of two restarts out on the full, and in the next set, Alex Walmsley suffered a head-knock after which he had to leave the field for a concussion assessment.Big Al thankfully returned at the start of the second half, however it was Wakefield who scored first, with Danny Brough slotting over a 40m penalty to give Wakefield the a 12-10 lead.Saints responded perfectly two minutes later as Regan Grace was on the end of a slick moving play from right to left through the hands of Fages then  finished with another sweetly timed pass from Lachlan Coote to slot Grace over in the corner.Saints could have pulled away in the 53rd minute with a trademark diving finish from Tommy Makinson, only denied at the last second by a diving Jacob Miller.Trinity then fought back with a brilliant 40-20 from Danny Brough meant Saints had to withstand three repeat sets on their own line.In the 67th minute, Tommy would not be denied this time as he scored a crucial try in the corner  after a break from James Roby and crisp passing from Fages and Lomax, who carved open the Wakefield left edge defence.Percival missed the conversion to give Saints an 18-10 lead with ten minutes to go.A dogged Wakefield then fought back yet again with a try from Bill Tupou after Saints gave away a penalty on half way, the game was tied by Brough to make it 18-18.After another kick-off mistake from Coote, Brough had the chance to put Wakefield ahead with a penalty kick from the half way line, but it didnt have the legs to make it over the posts.There was still time for further drama, after Coote mis-cued an attempted a drop goal that stayed in play and gave Wakefield possession.However, on the next set with less than two minutes to go in the game Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook powered over after great work from Lomax to give Saints a frantic win.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Knowles, Makinson (2), Grace, McCarthy-ScarsbrookGoals: Percival (2 from 5)Wakefield Trinity:Tries: Johnstone (2), TupouGoals: Brough (3 from 5)HT: 10-10 FT: 18-24REF: Robert Hickslast_img read more

Watch Maltese activist makes 38km swim around Gozo

first_imgA swimmer has managed to circumnavigate the entire 38 kilometre coastline of Gozo in just over 10 hours, to raise awareness about keeping the sea clean. The swimmer, Neil Agius started his swim at 3.15AM this morning.Agius explained that the main goal of the challenge was to raise awareness among the Maltese and Gozitan people about the cleanliness of the sea and the responsible use and disposal of plastic.Agius didn’t do the challenge alone, having a team of people supporting him along the way. Twain Cutajar and Gordon Bugeja took responsibility for driving the support vessel while Peter Grech provided motivational support during the more difficult parts of the swim. Lara Vella ensured Agius ate and drank during the challenge.On Facebook, yesterday evening, Agius encouraged all those who want a clean and better environment, to take on the personal challenge and support the Wave of Change movement, to collect three plastic items discarded at sea or on land and encourage three peers to do the same.Maltese man swims 70km in less than 22 hoursThis is not the first time Agius has carried out such a challenge. Last July, he swam 70km around Malta in 22 hours.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more