2014 St Helens RLFC season

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2014 St Helens RLFC season
Super League XIX 1st
Play-off result Grand Final - Winners
Challenge Cup Fifth Round
2014 record Wins: 20; Draws: 0; Losses: 9
Points scored For: 825; Against: 611
Team information
Chairman Eamonn McManus
Head coach Nathan Brown
Captain
Stadium Langtree Park
Avg. Attend. 12,063
High. Attend. 17,980 (vs Wigan Warriors, 18 April 2014)
Top scorers
Tries Tom Makinson (28)
Goals Luke Walsh (70)
Points Luke Walsh (160)
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The 2014 St Helens RLFC season is the clubs 140th in their history; their 119th in rugby league. The Saints will be looking to end a 6-year silverware drought this season by competing for the Super League XIX title as well as the 113th edition of the Challenge Cup. This season marks Australian Nathan Brown's second season as head coach of the club, continuing from his first season in 2013 which ended in a 5th place finish and an early playoff exit courtesy of an 11-10 defeat at Leeds Rhinos. They began their season by taking on last seasons runner-up Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, which ended in an 8-38 win for Saints. This win sent Saints on a win streak that lasted for eight Super League games before being defeated on 18 April 2014 by arch-rivals Wigan Warriors at Langtree Park in the annual Good Friday derby match. Easter was a period to forget for the Saints as they were beaten by Widnes Vikings for their second league defeat in a row, following the Good Friday defeat to bitter rivals Wigan, and then by Leeds Rhinos in Round 5 of the Challenge Cup meaning the Saints will miss out on the trophy for a sixth year. The Saints bounced back however on 1 May with a 48-18 win over the London Broncos. Saints suffered another Magic Weekend to the Warrington Wolves on 18 May with the game ending 41-24 to the Wolves. Results picked up after the Magic Weekend with two straight wins at home against Huddersfield & Salford however the Saints then traveled to Perpignan where they suffered a humiliating 42-0 loss to the Catalan Dragons. Once again, the Saints bounced back with an impressive win over Castleford Tigers at Langtree Park and with another outstanding performance in a pulsating game at the DW Stadium against arch-rivals Wigan Warriors that ended 12-16 in favour of the Saints; the win avenging the Good Friday defeat at Langtree Park. Following this win, Saints suffered a shock 40-10 defeat to Hull KR but bounced back with three straight wins before losing to Hull KR's cross-town rivals, Hull FC, 19-12. However, a 40-16 win over Wakefield Wildcats & an extremely tight 12-13 win over Leeds Rhinos at Headingly put the Saints in a position where a win against Warrington on 4 September would hand them their first League Leaders Shield since the 2008 season; with Castleford Tigers being the only other team in contention for the top spot. Despite losing their last two games of the regular season, Saints acquired the league leaders shield following Castleford's failure to beat Catalan Dragons in their last game of the season; meaning that the Saints took their first piece of silverware since 2008. The unlikely success of the 2014 season culminated in a 14-6 win over arch-rivals Wigan Warriors in the 2014 Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford making Saints the Super League champions for the first time since 2006 in an extremely lively, well-fought contest that saw Wigan player Ben Flower sent off for a sucker punch on a defenceless Lance Hohaia in the 2nd minute of the game.[1]

2014 transfers[edit]

Players In

Player Previous Club Contract Date Signed
Australia Luke Walsh Penrith Panthers 2 Years May 2013
Samoa Mose Masoe Penrith Panthers 2 Years June 2013
England Richard Beaumont Hull Kingston Rovers 2 Years August 2013
England Kyle Amor Wakefield Wildcats 4 Years September 2013
England Matty Dawson Huddersfield Giants 2 Years September 2013

Players Out

Player Signed for Contract Announced
Samoa Francis Meli Salford Red Devils 1 Year July 2013
Samoa Tony Puletua Salford Red Devils 2 Years July 2013
England Lee Gaskell Bradford Bulls 2 Years August 2013
Australia Josh Perry Retired N/A September 2013
England Dominic Speakman Barrow Raiders 1 Year November 2013
England Nathan Ashe Released N/A November 2013

2014 squad[edit]

* Announced on 15 November 2013:

2014 St Helens Squad
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches


Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain

Updated: 15 November 2013
Source(s): 2014 Squad Numbers

Other staff[edit]

Technical staff[edit]

Name Job title
England Steve Leonard Service Area Manager
Australia Nathan Brown Head Coach
Wales Keiron Cunningham Assistant Coach
New Zealand Jamahl Lolesi Assistant Coach
England Matt Daniels Head of strength and conditioning, head trainer
England Joey Hayes] and England Nathan Mill Physiotherapists
England Derek Traynor ASSE Manager & Under 19's Coach
England Ian Harris Training steward
England Alan Clarke Kit manager
England Neil Kilshaw Player Performance Manager
England Gaz Tracey Club Chaplain
England Derek Jones Masseur
Wales Kel Coslett Gameday manager
England Simon Perritt Club doctor

[2]

Boardroom staff[edit]

Name Job title
England Eamonn McManus Chairman
England Mike Rush Chief executive officer
England Paul Sculthorpe Business development manager
England Steve Law Merchandising manager
England Mike Appleton Media manager
England Mark Onion Marketing manager
England Steve Davis Head of Commercial Operations

[3]

Pre Season[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss

Saints began their pre-season by taking on Batley Bulldogs in January 2014; taking a 20-0 victory at home. Following this victory, Saints then took on bitter rivals Wigan Warriors in a 'friendly game', again at Langtree Park, for James Roby's testimonial match, sinking to a disappointing 16-28 defeat. They bounced back however for their last pre-season game before the season began with a 6-62 win away at Rochdale Hornets with a St Helens Select XIII team.

Date Competition Vs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att TV Report
24/01/14 Friendly Batley colours.svg Batley Bulldogs H Langtree Park W 20-0 Makinson, Percival, Flanagan, Jones Percival (2) TBC No [1]
31/01/14 Testimonial Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors H Langtree Park L 16-28 Swift (2), Roby Walsh (2) TBC No [2]
02/02/14 Friendly Rochdale colours.svg Rochdale Hornets A Spotland Stadium W 6-62 Makinson, Galbraith(2), Fleming, Ashworth, Gardner(2), Charnock, Clough, Walker, Tisdale Charnock(8), Makinson TBC No [3]

Super League XIX Fixtures/Results/Table[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss
Date Competition Rnd Vs H/A Venue R Score Tries Goals KO Att TV Report
13/02/14 Super League 1 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves A Halliwell Jones Stadium Won 8-38 Makinson, Roby, Amor, Laffranchi, Swift, Walsh Walsh (7) 20:00 13,157 Sky Sports [4]
21/02/14 Super League 2 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC H Langtree Park Won 34-22 Roby (2), Soliola, Lomax, Makinson, Percival Walsh (5) 20:00 13,488 [5]
27/02/14 Super League 3 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils A AJ Bell Stadium Won 0-38 Wilkin, Walsh, Percival (2), Amor, Laffranchi Walsh (7) 20:00 6,353 Sky Sports [6]
07/03/14 Super League 4 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR H Langtree Park Won 38-18 Swift (2), Lomax, Walmsley, Soliola, Makinson, Wilkin Walsh (5) 20:00 11,818 [7]
14/03/14 Super League 5 Catalanscolours.svg Catalan Dragons H Langtree Park Won 40-22 Jones, Makinson (2), Turner, Mc-Carthy Scarsbrook, Hohaia, Swift Walsh (4), Lomax (2) 20:00 11,321 [8]
14/03/14 Super League 6 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats A Belle Vue Won 16-24 Jones, Soliola, Dawson, Greenwood, Makinson Makinson (2) 15:00 5,037 [9]
28/03/14 Super League 7 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos H Langtree Park Won 14-10 Walker, Makinson (2) Makinson 20:00 13,788 Sky Sports [10]
11/04/14 Super League 8 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers A The Jungle Won 28-30 Soliola, Lomax, Makinson, Turner, Wellens, Swift Walsh (3) 20:00 6,487 Sky Sports [11]
18/04/14 Super League 9 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors H Langtree Park Lost 14-33 Makinson (2), Turner Walsh 12:15 17,980 Sky Sports [12]
21/04/14 Super League 10 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings A Halton Stadium Lost 40-26 Soliola, Masoe, Wellens, Makinson, Hohaia Makinson (3) 15:00 7,706 [13]
01/05/14 Super League 11 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos H Langtree Park Won 48-18 Dawson, Walsh, Lomax, Makinson, Hohaia, Swift, Greenwood, Jones, Flanagan Walsh (6) 20:00 9,408 Sky Sports [14]
11/05/14 Super League 12 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls A Odsal Stadium Won 0-50 Wilkin (2), Walsh, Lomax, Makinson, Swift, Soliola, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Roby Walsh (7) 15:00 6,311 [15]
18/05/14 Super League 13: Magic Weekend Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves N Etihad Stadium Lost 41-24 Walmsley, Turner, Hohaia, Dawson Walsh (4) 17:00 28,213 Sky Sports [16]
23/05/14 Super League 14 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants H Langtree Park Won 41-22 Wheeler (2), Hohaia, Wellens, Dawson, Wilkin, Masoe Walsh (6) 20:00 10,218 Sky Sports [17]
30/05/14 Super League 15 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils H Langtree Park Won 32-12 Wellens (2), Soliola, Hohaia, Wheeler Walsh (6) 20:00 11,000 [18]
14/06/14 Super League 16 Catalanscolours.svg Catalan Dragons A Stade Gilbert Brutus Lost 42-0 18:00 7,276 Sky Sports [19]
22/06/14 Super League 17 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers H Langtree Park Won 38-16 Makinson, Wellens (2), Turner, Percival (2), Walsh Walsh (5) 15:00 12,648 [20]
27/06/14 Super League 18 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors A DW Stadium Won 12-16 Makinson (2), Wellens Percival (2) 20:00 20,224 Sky Sports [21]
06/07/14 Super League 19 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR A KC Lightstream Stadium Lost 40-10 Percival, Masoe Percival 15:00 7,611 [22]
11/07/14 Super League 20 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls H Langtree Park Won 46-22 Roby, Wellens (2), Masoe, Percival, Swift, Hohaia, Makinson Percival (7) 20:00 10,238 [23]
19/07/14 Super League 21 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos A The Hive Stadium Won 16-58 Percival (2), Amor, Turner (2), Wellens, Dawson (2), Thompson, Soliola, Laffranchi Percival (7) 15:00 1,791

[24]

25/07/14 Super League 22 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings H Langtree Park Won 44-22 Flanagan, Makinson (3), Masoe (2), Turner, Manu Percival (6) 20:00 11,844 [25]
01/08/14 Super League 23 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC A KC Stadium Lost 19-12 Makinson, Wellens Percival (2) 20:00 10,214 [26]
15/08/14 Super League 24 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats H Langtree Park Won 40-16 Makinson (2), Jones (2), Mcdonnell (2), Soliola Percival (6) 20:00 11,000 [27]
29/08/14 Super League 25 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos A Headingley Stadium Won 12-13 LMS, Roby Percival, Makinson 20:00 17,682 Sky Sports [28]
04/09/14 Super League 26 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves H Langtree Park Lost 12-39 McDonnell, Manu Makinson (2) 20:00 12,854 Sky Sports [29]
14/09/14 Super League 27 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants H Galpharm Stadium Lost 17-16 Makinson, Roby, Hohaia Percival (2) 20:00 7,244 Sky Sports [30]


As of 14th September 2014
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Saintscolours.svg St Helens RLFC 27 19 0 8 796 563 +233 38
2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 27 18 1 8 834 429 +405 37
3 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 27 17 3 7 785 626 +159 37
4 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 27 17 2 8 814 583 +231 36
5 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 27 17 1 9 793 515 +278 35
6 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 27 15 2 10 685 421 +264 32
7 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 27 14 1 12 733 667 +66 29
8 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 27 13 1 13 611 725 -114 27
9 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 27 10 3 14 627 665 -38 23
10 Redscolours.svg Salford Red Devils 27 11 1 15 608 695 -87 23
11 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 27 10 2 15 653 586 +67 22
12 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Wildcats 27 10 1 16 557 750 -193 21
13 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 27 8 0 19 512 984 -472 10*
14 Broncoscolours.png London Broncos 27 1 0 26 438 1237 -799 2

* - Bradford Bulls deducted 6 points on 25 February 2014 for entering administration[4]


Super League XIX - Play-Off Series[edit]

Even without key players Luke Walsh, Jon Wilkin & Jonny Lomax for the majority of the second half of the season, Saints managed to battle through the play-offs to reach an unprecedented 10th Grand Final. Even though they also lost Lance Hohaia in the second minute of the game via a disgraceful punch from Ben Flower, Saints overcame the solid defence of Wigans remaining 12 men to claim their 5th Super League title.

Date Competition Rnd Vs H/A Venue R Score Tries Goals Att TV Report
19/09/14 Super League Qualifying Play-Off Castleford colours.svg Castleford H Langtree Park W 41-0 Roby (2), Turner, Swift, Makinson, Amor, Masoe Percival (6), Turner (DG) 7,548 Sky [31]
02/10/14 Super League Qualifying Semi-Final Catalanscolours.svg Catalans H Langtree Park W 30-12 Turner, Swift, Manu, Masoe, Percival Percival (5) 8,888 Sky [32]
11/10/14 Super League Grand Final Wigancolours.svg Wigan N Old Trafford W 14-6 Soliola, Makinson Percival (3) 70,102 Sky [33]

2014 Tetley's Challenge Cup Fixtures\Results[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss
Date Competition Rnd Vs H/A Venue R Score Tries Goals KO Att TV Report
06/04/2014 Challenge Cup Round 4 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants A John Smith's Stadium P Bentham 16-17 Swift, Makinson (2) Walsh (2), Walsh (DG) 14:15 7,150 BBC Sport [34]
26/04/2014 Challenge Cup Round 5 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos A Headingley Stadium R Silverwood 32-12 Swift, Jones Walsh (2) 14:30 12,194 BBC Sport [35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St Helens 14 Wigan Warriors 6: Moment of madness from Wales international Ben Flower costs Wigan dear". Daily Telegraph. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Team Coaching and Staff | Welcome to the Official Website of St. Helens R.F.C.". Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ "Contact Us!". saintsrlfc.com. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bradford Bulls deducted six competition points". Super League. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2014.