SLXIV/20: Wolves 26-40 Saints (final)

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Saints extended their dominance over Warrington with this 40-26 triumph inspired by teenage halfback, Kyle Eastmond, who took the chance to show why he’s heir apparent to Sean Long’s scrum half role.

A decisive try, six goals, three assists and twice denied by try-saving tackles on the line tells only a part of Eastmond’s story. He was a revelation in midfield growing in confidence as the game wore on.

His impact was greatest when Saints needed it most. Punching a hole through the Wolves defence to send Wellens over and then negating a Bridge penalty by linking with Wellens to sprint over himself to put Saints into a decisive 30-26 lead.

This after two stunning second-half tries looked to have set the Wolves on the path to victory. First Paul Johnson’s barrelling 35-metre route-one charge, then prop Gareth Carvell’s thundering 70-metre interception try.

Late tries from Graham and Meli put a gloss on the scoreline for the Saints who have now won 35 of 36 Super League clashes with the Wolves.

Saints had ended the first half 18-12 ahead with a late try from Ade Gardner adding to scores from Lee Gilmour and James Graham after Jon Clarke had opened the scoring for Wolves with Chris Bridge’s try closing the gap to two points on 36 minutes.

Wolves
30 Mathers, 32 Carney, 20 Grix, 4 King, 19 Riley, 25 Bridge, 7 Monaghan, 16 Carvell, 9 Clarke,
15 Wood, 11 L Anderson, 12 Westwood, 24 Harrison
Subs: 13 V Anderson, 2 Johnson, 22 Mitchell, 18 Cooper

Tries:         Clarke (5), Bridge (36), Johnson (44), Carvell (54)
Goals:        Bridge 5/5
St Helens
1 Wellens, 2 Gardner, 21 Wheeler, 11 Gilmour, 5 Meli, 6 Pryce, 18 Eastmond, 10 Graham, 14 Roby, 17 Clough,13 Flannery, 12 Wilkin,16 Puletua
Subs: 15 Hargreaves, 23 Fa’asavalu, 24 Dixon, 30 Lomax
Tries:         Gilmour (15), Graham (19, 75), Gardner (39), Wellens (57), Eastmond (70), Meli (79)
Goals:        Eastmond 3/3
Match Facts
9        Jon Clarke try        4-0
        Chris Bridge goal 1/1        6-0
15        Lee Gilmour try        6-4
        Kyle Eastmond goal 1/1        6-6
19        James Graham try        6-10
        Kyle Eastmond goal 2/2        6-12
23        Kyle Eastmond goal 3/3        6-14
33        On-report (Gilmour) late hit
34        Chris Bridge try        10-14
        Chris Bridge goal 2/2        12-14
39        Ade Gardner try        12-18
        Kyle Eastmond missed goal 3/4         
        HALF TIME

44        Paul Johnson try        16-18
        Chris Bridge goal 3/3        18-18
54        Gareth Carvell try        22-18
        Chris Bridge goal 4/4        24-18
57        Paul Wellens try        24-22
        Kyle Eastmond goal 4/5        24-24
66        Bridge goal 5/5        26-24
70        Kyle Eastmond try        26-28
        Kyle Eastmond goal 5/6        26-30
76        James Graham try        26-34
        Kyle Eastmond goal 6/7        26-36
78        Francis Meli try        26-40
        Kyle Eastmond missed goal 6/8
        FULL TIME

Referee:        Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury)
Attendance:        12,075

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