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Wellens Grabs Four As Saints Thrash Bulls

14th Feb 2010, 10:00am

SAINTS produced a fantastic all-round performance to beat Bradford Bulls 38-6 at the Grattan Stadium.
Paul Wellens, Leon Pryce and James Roby were at the hub of a superb victory which was also built on steadfast defence and great support play.
Saints were outstanding in the first half and deservedly led 20-0 at half time thanks to a Jon Wilkin score and a double from Paul Wellens – with Leon Pryce having a hand in all three.
Wellens backed up his number 6 twice as Saints kept the ball alive on a number of occasions in Bradford’s 20.
They were also excellent in defence with Wellens in particular denying a certain score from Chris Nero.
In the second, Kyle Eastmond went 80 metres – intercepting Matt Orford’s pass – before Paul Wellens grabbed another double to seal a comprehensive victory.
Mick Potter made a late change to his line up with Keiron Cunningham missing the match due to family bereavement. In came Scott Moore, whilst in the backs, Jonny Lomax deputised for Ade Gardner and Gary Wheeler started in place of Sia Soliola.
Bradford made one change from the team that lost to Huddersfield – Elliot Whitehead replacing Glenn Hall in the second row.
Saints started off with a strong set which left Bradford clearing from inside their own 20. And on their next attack, right on the Bulls line, a long ball went out from Jon Wilkin that Lomax just couldn’t pull in at over head height.
On five minutes, Nero was held up on the Saints' line and as the ball went right, Meli scooped up a loose ball and sent Wheeler free. But the ball went to ground as Saints reached half way.
Five minutes later another wonderful tackle from Wellens stopped an almost certain score from Jamie Langley.
But it was Saints that got on the board with a classic try from Jon Wilkin. The ball was kept alive through Puletua and Leon Pryce who managed to feed Wellens after eyeing a small gap 20 yards from the Bulls’ line.
Wellens had Jon Wilkin on his inside and the former Hull KR starlet made no mistake – going under the posts. Eastmond with the extras.
On the quarter of an hour mark, Eastmond tagged on a penalty to make it 8-0.
Pryce was instrumental in Saints second try. Following a wonderful high-ball take from Jonny Lomax, it was worked to Meli who flew 50 yards down the wing. He was clipped by Brett Kearney, but Saints had numbers and from the tackle, Pryce went through a gap and Wellens backed up.
Eastmond making it 14-0 with the boot.
And Pryce combined with Wellens again for the full back’s second of the game. Eastmond 100 per cent with the conversion.
Both Eastmond and Paul Clough went close in the final ten minutes; then with 35 gone, Lomax forced a drop out from Dave Halley. From the restart, Puletua just couldn’t tip down Roby’s grubber through.
Half Time: Bradford 0 Saints 20
Saints had to defend two sets right on their own line within the first two minutes and did so with aplomb, making two last ditch tackles to keep the Bulls out.
But on the 48th minute as the Bulls looked to utilise an overlap, Kyle Eastmond intercepted an Matt Orford pass and went fully 80 metres to go over.
Saints had more defending to do 10 minutes later but kept their line intact with some more steadfast defence and poor decision making from the Bulls.
With around 15 to go, the Bulls piled more pressure on the Saints line but another fantastic tackling stint kept them out.
And boy did Saints make them pay. The ball was kept alive as Saints came up the field – Roby and Moore involved before it was sent wide to Lomax and back inside for Wellens. Eastmond with the extras.
Paul Wellens added yet another late on – Eastmond converting – to bring a close to a very good day for Saints.
Orford added a consolation as the hooter went.
Match Summary:
Tries: Orford
Goals: Orford (1 from 1)
Tries: Wilkin, Wellens (4), Eastmond
Goals: Eastmond (7 from 7)
Bradford: 8
Saints: 6
HT (Sts First): 20-0
FT (Sts First): 38-6
REF: Phil Bentham
ATT: 10165
1. David Halley; 2. Rikki Sheriffe, 3. Paul Sykes, 4. Chris Nero, 5. Stuart Reardon; 6. Brett Kearney, 7. Matt Orford; 8. Nick Scruton, 9. Heath L'Estrange, 10. Andy Lynch, 13. Jamie Langley, 20. Elliot Whitehead, 11. Steve Menzies.
Subs: 12. Glenn Hall, 14. Wayne Godwin, 16. Michael Worrincy, 18. Craig Kopczak.
1. Paul Wellens (c); 24. Jonny Lomax, 3. Matt Gidley, 21. Gary Wheeler, 5. Francis Meli; 6. Leon Pryce, 7. Kyle Eastmond; 8. Nick Fozzard, 16. Scott Moore, 10. James Graham, 13, Chris Flannery, 12, Jon Wilkin, 11. Tony Puletua.
Subs: 14. James Roby, 15. Bryn Hargreaves, 17. Paul Clough, 23. Maurie Fa’asavalu.
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  • Mark L says:
    well thats more like it, finally a game i'll proudly watch on boots n all, well done lads!
  • Chris says:
    Much better from the lads, keep it going! We have some tough fixtures coming up.
  • bec says:
    Sounds like a great game:) Well done Wello , we knew you would come back fighting ;) sounded like kyle eastmond had a great game too well done saints
  • Ste D says:
    Come on you Saints! Good to see us back on track- keep it Leon lad, you owe us a good season- plenty more of these please!
  • Chris says:
    Much better from the lads, keep it going! We have some tough fixtures coming up.
  • Christine Wilson says:
    Well done Saints, really proud of you all!!
  • jez . dolan says:
    get in hope this stays get to winning ways well done wellens .4 come on you saints
  • Frank from Preston says:
    Defence outstanding today, Bradford too sloppy with there execution. Shown some idea of how to play today. Pity Bradford scored in the last minute but all in all a massive inprovement on last week.
  • Lorraine says:
    Didn't see the match this week but excellent result, credit where it's due and a big improvement on last week - well done to all
  • john green says:
    That is more like it lads..........i won't get carried away BUT i hope all the whingers on redvee (whom i have now unsubscribed from) will get off Mr Potters back, (although i doubt it). Leon was class, & to not miss king Kieron speaks volumes for the squad. C'mon my MIGHTY SAINTS!!!!!
  • d.laughton says:
    At the home game when some of the popular side booed the saints I was disapointed with their lack of support as we didn't play that bad, in my opinion, just rusty. Glad to see we back at em. Leon is crucial to our overall performance. When he plays well saints are red hot.
  • craig says:
    Well in Saints what a fantastic win we had today againts Bradford we are back now. it is a shame Kieron Cunningham did not reach his 500 th game but i am still happy with a 38 6 win.
  • PAUL KIRBY says:
  • J Marsh says:
    A great performance great result Paul Wellens superb Leon Pryce played well keep it up Leon come on you SAINTS lets have more games like today.
  • Diane says:
    Glad we won although I couldn't make it to the match. Nice to see our young guys getting some serious game time. That can only do them good.
  • dazzer says:
  • smoggs says:
    cracking game 2day well done saints love to kieron and the family on your sad loss thought r with you mate xxxx
  • saints number 1 fan says:
    schofield says our bubbles burst, what wud he know. lets prove him wrong lads well done, hope kieron's back soon, sure he can get through it,
  • Paul says:
    Well Said John Green. Belting performance fellas, thats more like it. Keep the faith. Well done to all, Mick and the players.
  • martin d says:
    well done lads great performance well done wello amd eastmond fantastic well done everyone play like this we will be fine come on you saints lets have our trophys back were they belong
  • andrew sheldon says:
    great win 2day lads keep it up had a good day@ the match
  • Paul says:
    Well said John Green. Our offloading game today was sensational. So much for "boring rugby". Lomax and Wheeler are going to be difficult to displace. Brilliant win. Lets keep it going. COME ON YOU SAINTS!!
  • Nic says:
    Good performance!! I also subscribe to Redvee but I didn't jump on the bangwagon like others with their knee-jerk reactions!!
  • Natalie Heath :-) says:
    well done saints :) played really well today, keep it up :D
  • G says:
    Well done Saints, that's more like it! Leon was excellent today, and if he can maintain that standard throughout the rest of the season, then the Saints will go a long way. Great performances from all the lads today, please keep it up, especially now everybody's writing us off! And to King Kieron, i'm very sorry to hear of your loss, and may God bless you and your family, and also comfort you in your grief. I hope to see you back soon, love ya mate!
  • G says:
    Well done Saints, that's more like it! Leon was excellent today, and if he can maintain that standard throughout the rest of the season, then the Saints will go a long way. Great performances from all the lads today, please keep it up, especially now everybody's writing us off! And to King Kieron, i'm very sorry to hear of your loss, and may God bless you and your family, and also comfort you in your grief. I hope to see you back soon, love ya mate!
  • Benidorm John says:
    Great result, well done to all concerned, I listened to the match on radio Manchester, As I am in Brisbane Oz this was at 1am in the morning, but it was well worth staying up for. a big rap (as the Aussies say) to Ste Jones (coach) at Haydock Warriors and all the lads, plus al the other Coaches and helpers who endevour to keep the kids entertained. I take my hat off to you all, keep up the good work cobbers
  • Chris says:
    well done for great performance. lets keep it up ad never start a season like last week again. great support which was rewarded by a great team effort on the pitch. Thoughts to King Kieron and his family at this sad time and the lads did you proud
  • Danny says:
    Well said john green, any self respecting saints fan would not bother with redvee, they are only in it for their own glory i.e. shouting about wot they are doing for this that and the other, instead of just getting on with it without looking for glory. Good result for saints but lets hope we can keep it going and its not just a flash in the pan. C'MON YOU SUPER SAINTS KEEP IT GOING. Good result for leeds too,(smirk)
  • sonya-marie says:
    well done saints better performance then last week keep it up
  • elaine says:
    fantastic result iam proud to be a saints fan now perhaps the fans from the other super league teams will get off our backs and leave us alone.come on you saints .
  • saintsss r no1 says:
    great result lads played awesome!!! all the lads deseved it credit to themselvs....bu i got to show my appreciation for the fact they wore black armbands for keirons mum...its been an emotional week but im sure keiron will come back stronger an do it for his mum!! all our thoughts are with you keiron

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