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ROYCE Simmons said Saints gave their all but needed to be smarter in the first half after they lost 32-16 in the Grand Final.Leeds Rhinos came from 16-8 down to take home the trophy.But Saints injury curse struck again with Michael Shenton and Paul Wellens leaving the field.“We were playing good footy and on a roll but Wellens was struggling with his Achilles and we knew he wouldn’t get through the rest of the game,” he said. “Then Mick Shenton dislocated his elbow on the back of that.“We lost two players in specialist positions and therefore two interchanges in the forwards. We couldn’t rotate them as much as we needed.“Saying that, I was a little disappointed with our first half. We tried to not lose a Grand Final instead of going out to win it. We tried not to make mistakes and you can’t win finals like that – you have to take them off the opposition.“We talked about that at half time and they listened. I was always confident we would win. We set it up but we had to change personnel around and it made a big difference. Wello does a lot of talking and sets us up in defence and we missed that.“All I can say is I asked the boys to do their best and they did. They looked me in the eyes and did it as I am as punch with them.”Shenton will see a specialist today (Sunday) and is expected to have surgery on his elbow this week.
THE players and staff have spent the last two days preparing for the game against local team Penrith, writes Mike Rush.Penrith, the former club of our very own Royce Simmons, will be a stiff test for our young group and one that they are all very excited about.Players have spent both morning and evening on the field and once again all have been fighting it out for the last team of the trip.In between the session the lads and staff nipped in to Harry’s for the traditional Pie and Peas – and that went down well with Jordon Heaton our Wigan lad.The players and staff then had a walk around the city for an hour before heading back to Penrith for an early night.Today (Friday) a number of the players have spent the afternoon shopping in the city with family who have made the trip out to watch the games.Hope you are enjoying the updates and I would like to personally thank Royce, Alan and Steve (Downpipe) for a great afternoon in Wallacia.Fingers crossed we bring you good news in the next report.The group also visited the Parramatta club for a walk around pre evening training and spent some time looking at the gym and club’s offices.
Mark Percival scored 22 points in the win that leaves Justin Holbrook’s men on the coattails of the top four heading into the final round of fixtures.The manner of the victory was built on resilience as Saints didn’t have it all their own way until much later in the second half.They got off to the worst possible start too when former fan favourite Luke Walsh produced a fine reverse kick for Justin Horo to catch the defence unaware.But within two minutes, following a strong run from Jon Wilkin, James Roby caught Theo Fages on a fine line.Saints continued to pile on the pressure but Catalans went back ahead on 17 minutes when Walsh stepped off his right foot and went under the posts.The Dragons were unlucky not to increase their lead further too – but the introduction of Alex Walmsley turned the momentum Saints’ way.Roby broke down the middle, found Alex on his outside and the big fella went 45 metres, with a sidestep thrown in, to crash over to the right of the posts.Percival added a penalty on the half an hour mark – but within two minutes Tony Gigot had pounced on a Walsh kick through to put the Dragons back ahead.But, as was the tale of the first half, Saints hit back through Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Percival did the damage – releasing the ball back inside for Zeb Taia to pick up, and he made no mistake in putting LMS over from close range.Saints were penalised twice in the second half for stepping off the mark – although similar offences were left unpunished in the first – and it allowed Catalans to build up the momentum.And on the 50 minute Mark, Horo got on the outside of the Saints’ defence and put down under pressure for his second.But Saints replied through the boot of Mark Percival to make it all square.And moments later they were ahead.Danny Richardson found Ryan Morgan who cut inside, drew the fullback and duly put Jonny Lomax under the posts on his 150th appearance for the club.Percival converted and then added another penalty to take Saints two scores out.Saints looked comfortable and it showed too as they not only restricted Catalans to their own 40 but looked set to extend their lead.But Danny Richardson’s chip with 10 to go was collected by Richie Myler who went the full length.Walsh nailing the conversion off the touchline to make it game on.Saints defended the Dragons next set and then won a penalty under the posts.But they spurned the opportunity to take the lead out to four points… and Percival latched on to a flowing move to score in the corner.Saints then put it to bed.Thompson span over following Richardson’s reverse pass, and as the hooter sounded, Roby chipped it ahead for Ryan Morgan to cross.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Fages, Walmsley, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Lomax, Percival, Thompson, Morgan Goals: Percival (9 from 10)Dragons: Tries: Horo (2), Walsh, Gigot, Myler Goals: Walsh (4 from 5)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 13 Dragons: 4HT: 20-18 FT: 46-28REF: B ThalerATT: 10,024Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 24. Danny Richardson; 14. Luke Douglas, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 36. Zeb Taia, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 8. Alex Walmsley, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 17. Tommy Lee, 20. Morgan Knowles.Catalans: 1. Tony Gigot; 33. Lewis Tierney, 3. Krisnan Inu, 18. Vincent Duport, 5. Fouad Yaha; 6. Luke Walsh, 7. Richie Myler; 8. Sam Moa, 9. Paul Aiton, 14. Julian Bousquet, 11. Louis Anderson, 12. Justin Horo, 17. Jason Baitieri. Subs: 10. RÈmi Casty, 13. Greg Bird, 23. Alrix Da Costa, 32. Romain Navarrete.
He replaces James Roby who is out with a rib injury.Justin Holbrook will therefore select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 23. Ben Barba, 30. Matty Costello.Chris Chester will choose his 17 from:1. Scott Grix, 2. Tom Johnstone, 3. Bill Tupou, 4. Reece Lyne, 5. Ben Jones-Bishop, 6. Jacob Miller, 7. Liam Finn, 9. Kyle Wood, 10. Anthony England, 11. Matthew Ashurst, 12. Daniel Kirmond, 13. Tyler Randell, 14. Justin Horo, 16. Tinirau Arona, 17. Craig Huby, 18. Joseph Arundel, 20. Keegan Hirst, 22. Jordan Baldwinson, 23. Christopher Annakin.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee will be G Hewer.Tickets for the clash are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052.