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St Helens 36-24 Hull Kingston Rovers

Friday 29th March 2019
KO: 19:45 - Round: 8

36-24 FT

HT: 16 18

Official: T Grant

Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Lachlan Coote, Jack Welsby, Luke Thompson, Kyle Amor, Aaron Smith, Regan Grace,

  • Goals
    Lachlan Coote 6,

  • Drop Goals

  • Hull Kingston Rovers

  • Tries
    Kane Linnett 2, Will Oakes, Shaun Lunt,

  • Goals
    Ryan Shaw 4,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

St Helens had to come from behind to maintain their unblemished Betfred Super League record, defeating plucky Hull Kingston Rovers 36-24.

It required late tries from Saints’ Aaron Smith and Regan Grace to end resilient Rovers’ late charge, but it could have been a different story if the Robins had maintained their composure midway through the second period when they leaked crucial scores.

At 16-0 the game looked over as Saints raced to a three-score lead thanks to tries from Lachlan Coote, Jack Welsby and Luke Thompson, but the visitors bounced back in style.

Kane Linnett crossed over for a brace of tries as Scott Oakes and Shaun Lunt claimed one apiece, while winger Ryan Shaw added the extras.

In reply, Coote - who also kicked over four conversions - contributed two penalties and Kyle Amor claimed a smash-and-grab effort before Smith and Grace sealed the victory.

Saints boss Justin Holbrook said: “It was definitely a difficult game for us and a huge win. That was due to them playing well and the chopping and changing we had to do last minute.

"We had a mixed bag in terms of players missing but we got the job done. Some of the young players have really stepped up and Thompson was our best player."

Hull KR head coach Tim Sheens said: “Tonight we had our chance (to win) but we have to take some of those opportunities that presented themselves. We were in the game and we just lost it.

“Injuries do break the rhythm. We don’t have the depth of a Warrington or a St Helens. We need our best side to be competitive. You can only go so far. Hull FC are experiencing a bit of that themselves.”

  • 76: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 74: TRY! scored for St Helens by Regan Grace
  • 63: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 62: TRY! scored for St Helens by Aaron Smith
  • 59: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 58: TRY! scored for St Helens by Kyle Amor
  • 52: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Ryan Shaw
  • 50: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Shaun Lunt
  • 45: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 38: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Ryan Shaw
  • 37: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Kane Linnett
  • 28: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Ryan Shaw
  • 27: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Will Oakes
  • 25: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Ryan Shaw
  • 24: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Kane Linnett
  • 21: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 19: TRY! scored for St Helens by Luke Thompson
  • 14: TRY! scored for St Helens by Jack Welsby
  • 6: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 5: TRY! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • Key Performers

    Luke Thompson

    Metres: 194

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Saints 6
    Hull KR 4

    Goals:

    Saints 6
    Hull KR 4

    METRES:

    Saints 1296
    Hull KR 1021

    CARRIES:

    Saints 177
    Hull KR 165

    TACKLES:

    Saints 338
    Hull KR 283

    OFFLOADS:

    Saints 10
    Hull KR 8

    PENALTIES:

    Saints 5
    Hull KR 8

    BREAKS:

    Saints 9
    Hull KR 4

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Luke Thompson 1 0 25 4 1 5 0 20 194 9.70 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Thomas Makinson 0 0 4 0 0 4 1 16 119 7.44 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Joseph Paulo 0 1 34 8 1 2 0 17 114 6.71 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Regan Grace 1 0 2 0 0 8 0 11 111 10.09 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Kyle Amor 1 0 12 3 1 1 0 10 107 10.70 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Lees 0 0 26 4 3 0 0 10 84 8.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Lachlan Coote 1 0 11 0 2 8 3 15 78 5.20 0 1 2 0 6 2 2 0
    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 0 0 23 4 0 1 0 11 66 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Dominique Peyroux 0 1 20 7 1 5 0 6 64 10.67 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Morgan Knowles 0 1 32 8 3 1 0 9 64 7.11 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kevin Naiqama 0 0 17 3 4 0 0 9 59 6.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Aaron Smith 1 0 40 4 2 1 0 7 56 8.00 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jonathan Lomax 0 1 10 0 2 3 1 9 42 4.67 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
    James Bentley 0 1 21 2 1 0 0 8 37 4.63 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
    Jack Ashworth 0 0 23 10 0 0 0 7 35 5.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Theo Fages 0 0 8 2 0 0 1 7 34 4.86 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jack Welsby 1 0 30 9 2 1 1 5 32 6.40 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Mitchell Garbutt 0 0 22 4 1 3 0 20 162 8.10 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Will Oakes 1 0 3 0 1 3 0 16 118 7.38 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jimmy Keinhorst 0 0 9 2 3 3 1 12 97 8.08 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 1
    Ben Crooks 0 0 10 0 2 1 0 13 95 7.31 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
    Kane Linnett 2 0 25 1 3 3 0 15 89 5.93 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Ryan Shaw 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 12 82 6.83 0 3 0 0 4 0 0 0
    Craig Hall 0 1 3 0 3 2 0 12 80 6.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Joel Tomkins 1 0 29 5 3 1 0 13 50 3.85 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Mose Masoe 0 0 27 5 3 1 0 8 48 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Shaun Lunt 0 0 14 2 1 1 0 5 44 8.80 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1
    George Lawler 0 0 33 6 2 1 0 8 41 5.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Weller Hauraki 0 0 37 5 5 3 0 8 37 4.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Danny Addy 0 0 34 6 1 0 0 6 35 5.83 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Chris Atkin 0 0 8 0 3 0 5 9 22 2.44 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Tommy Lee 0 0 18 5 4 0 0 3 12 4.00 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh Drinkwater 0 2 10 0 3 1 5 5 9 1.80 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Junior Vaivai 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties