RESULTS: 2021 QRL U19 Harvey Norman Girls Round 1
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Our final Super League club review looks at the season of the champions St Helens. Andrew Ferguson assesses their season from the opening whistle to that dramatic Grand Final finish.
St.Helens opened their season with a 40 point hammering of Salford, but won just 1 of their next 4 games before the competition went into lockdown.
When the game resumed, St.Helens came out all powerful and destroyed all before them. They had a hiccup in the Challenge Cup Quarter Final, losing to Warrington by 2 points, but their demolitions of Leeds (twice), Catalans (twice) and Wigan made it clear just how much better they were than the rest of the competition.
They hammered Catalans 48-2 in the Preliminary Final, advancing to the Grand Final, where they won a gripping Grand Final with a stunning last gasp try.
August. When the competition resumed, St.Helens won 12 of their 14 games to finish alongside Wigan at the top of the table, and went on to win the title with relative ease. Saints were on a completely other level to the rest of the competition.
Everything. Half of Saints games in 2020 saw them keep their opponents scoreline in single digits, 3 of each were scoreless and 4 were tryless. Their defence conceded an average of just 11.47 points per game. Meanwhile their attack was also amazing, scoring more points than any other side, averaging 27.59 points per game, second only to Catalans average of 28.92 per game.
For a team that lost just 5 games all year, scored more points than everyone else, conceded less than everyone else and won the Premiership, it's hard to see how anything went wrong.
Jonny Lomax and Alex Walsmley were both brilliant in 2020, playing some of their best and most consistent footy, with both being rewarded with selection in the Super League dream team at the end of the season. But Morgan Knowles was the absolute stand out. The loose forward was an absolute toiler, especially in defence and was duly named as the St.Helens player of the year, as well as being named in the Dream Team as well.
Half a dozen rookies made their club and Super League debut in 2020. Young playmaker Lewis Dodd appeared in 3 games, while Jake Wingfield, Matty Foster, Nico Rizzelli and Ben Davies all played the 1 game in 2020.
After picking up former player and Test star James Graham mid-season, the gritty forward decided to retire after winning just his second Premiership with the club, after his first back in 2006. Saints have also moved on Joseph Paulo and Dominique Peyroux who are both joining Toulouse, while Jack Ashworth (Huddersfield), Callum Hazzard (North Wales) and Joe Sharratt (Barrow) are also heading to new clubs in 2021.
St.Helens have made some big signings to bolster their side for next year, signing 3 strong players from the NRL in Joel Thompson (Manly), Agnatius Paasi (Warriors) and Sione Mata'utia (Newcastle). They've also acquired Dan Norman from the London Broncos.
It's hard to see Saints being anything less than favourites once again in 2021.
|SL R1||Jan 31st||Salford||W||48 - 8||Woolf||Lomax||Totally Wicked|
|SL R2||Feb 6th||Warrington||L||0 - 19||Woolf||Lomax||Halliwell Jones|
|SL R3||Feb 16th||Hull FC||W||32 - 18||Woolf||Lomax||KCOM Stadium|
|SL R6||Mar 6th||Huddersfield||L||10 - 12||Woolf||Roby||Totally Wicked|
|SL R7||Mar 15th||Castleford||L||14 - 28||Woolf||Roby||Mend-a-Hose|
|SL R4||Aug 2nd||Catalans||W||34 - 6||Woolf||Roby||Emerald Headingley|
|SL R8||Aug 9th||Leeds||W||48 - 0||Woolf||Roby||Emerald Headingley|
|SL R9||Aug 16th||Castleford||W||10 - 0||Woolf||Roby||Totally Wicked|
|SL R10||Aug 30th||Hull KR||W||32 - 18||Woolf||Roby||Halliwell Jones|
|SL R11||Sep 4th||Huddersfield||W||54 - 6||Woolf||Lomax||Emerald Headingley|
|SL R12||Sep 11th||Hull KR||W||21 - 20||Woolf||Roby||Totally Wicked|
|CC QF||Sep 19th||Warrington||L||18 - 20||Woolf||Lomax||AJ Bell Stadium|
|SL R14||Sep 29th||Wigan||W||42 - 0||Woolf||Roby||AJ Bell Stadium|
|SL R15||Oct 9th||Wakefield||W||20 - 16||Woolf||Roby||Emerald Headingley|
|SL R16||Oct 15th||Wakefield||W||48 - 6||Woolf||Roby||Halliwell Jones|
|SL R17||Oct 23rd||Leeds||W||40 - 8||Woolf||Roby||Totally Wicked|
|SL R18||Oct 26th||Salford||L||10 - 12||Woolf||Graham||Emerald Headingley|
|SL R19||Oct 30th||Wigan||L||6 - 18||Woolf||Roby||Totally Wicked|
|SL PF||Nov 20th||Catalans||W||48 - 2||Woolf||Roby||Totally Wicked|
|SL GF||Nov 27th||Wigan||W||8 - 4||Woolf||Roby||KCOM Stadium|