Percival’s long range try on Monday was the best part of reigning champions win at Warrington. Woolf said, “It’s an excellent example of his class as well as an example for young players.”
Last updated: 31/08/21 at 11:06pm
After Mark Percival’s exciting long-range goal helped St Helens win 24-14 Super League over Warrington Wolves, Kristian Woolf was elated.
Saints trailed 14-10 after a fierce contest. Joe Batchelor took the ball from Jake Mamo, and gave it to Percival. Percival ran 70 metres in record time for an incredible score in the second period.
This put back-to-back Super League champions on track for victory, and it ended Warrington’s hope of reaching the top-two.
St Helens wins thriller against Warrington
With a stunning 24-14 victory over Warrington, St Helens maintained the pressure on Catalans Dragons at Super League’s top table.
Woolf stated that Joe Batchelor was successful in getting the ball back, and Mark Percival’s support and instincts were great to help him get there.
Perc managed to change his hands twice in the face of two different defenders. This is a great example of Perc’s class, and a good example to young players.
With the win by the champions, it will be an easy head-to-head match between the Saints & current Super League leaders Catalans Dragons to claim the shield of the league leaders. The top two teams will clash at Newcastle’s Saint James’ Park during the Magic Weekend.
St Helens won four tries in a tense contest through Kevin Naiqama and Lewis Dodd. Percival was third with Lachlan Koote scoring four goals.
Woolf stated, “It was an excellent game of footy. Both teams had their moments.” We started very well, but made some uncharacteristic mistakes that gave us field positions and possibilities.
They have some great players, and some strike, so if they have those chances, they can harm you. And that is exactly what happened.
“But, I felt we had field position control in the second-half and used our chances and defended exceptional which was where it was won.”
Steve Price, Warrington’s coach was pleased with his team’s performance despite losing to the top two.
Half-time saw the Wolves lead 14-10. They had Ben Currie’s and George Williams’ tries, and Stefan Ratchford scored three goals. However, they failed to score in the second half.
Price stated that the boys showed great courage to fight on and they won the fight. It was hard work and Price is proud of their efforts. They started very well in each half and I felt we did a great job to return in the game.
“But we were disappointed by the penalties that we had to concede at the beginning of the second period. We will review what we did wrong and make improvements.
We needed a high-intensity game and that was exactly what we got. It should help us get on the right track for future games.
We had to take on too much pressure during the second half, and this is where we need to improve. We must be more successful in order to compete well.
Publié Mon, 30 August 2021 22.22:50 +0000