A first defeat of the season for your Saints away in France, as the absence of regulars Jonny Lomax and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook made things tougher for the boys in the Redvee.

The 18-10 defeat in the pouring rain to Catalans Dragons was disappointing, with some positive signs. Here are the best of the #SixWordMatchReport entries – and they swing from the philosophical to the angry….


First up, an entry via the comments on our Instant Fan Reaction video on YouTube, where Paul Berry wants us to splash the cash:

Break the bank to keep Fages


This was echoed by Alan Cottington on Facebook:

Get the chequebook out for Theo


The loss of the French captain was definitely felt by Saints and, with the withdrawal of Jonny Lomax, fans were quick to point out that the inexperience of our half backs didn’t help the cause:


Missed Theo and L M S – Elizabeth McCarthy

No Lomax, No Fages, No Win – Andy Waddilove

Missed halfbacks no ball players. – Stuart Ratcliffe

Two inexperienced halfbacks aren’t the answer – Stephen Roach

We missed Jonny Lomax big time. – Phil Grundy

Shows how much we need Lomax – Mike Morris


Lomax and Fages badly missed today – @kev298

Lack of experience at half back. – @jonimac4978

Halves not up to the pressure – @debz1966

Fages importance missed when he’s gone – @saintpablo91

We would have won with Fages – @z1zico


Team selection can polarise opinion, and emotions are always running high after a defeat:


Leave Richardson alone, needs time guys – Jonathan Rahaman

Danny Richardson piss poor, Theo Lomax – Chris Swift


As well as a few fans disheartened with the performance – not only of the Saints, but of the man in the middle:


Sort out handling before Good Friday. – Matt David

Yet again weak officiating takes precedence – John Lewis

Flopping, lie-on-athon, simulation, grubs, weak officiating! – Martin Harvey

Not a rugby brain between them – James Clare


Move out the f****** way ref – @tony_gee21

Why didn’t we take the two – @jackker28230367

Didn’t turn up on the day – @bjh74blueyonder

S Men not clinical enough tonight – @emzz6

Poor display, poor opposition, poor refereeing. – @hotly5

No shape’ no bite’ no threat – @davedillon2


But a lot of you were magnanimous and reflective in defeat – including infamous Redvee TV contributor Peter ‘the Scot’ Elder and Phil Lowthian’s poetic entry:


Fiery Dragons subdue Saints in Perpignan – @bold_ken

Saints lose at Catalans, overeacting fans – @phillowthian

We lost one, come back stronger @simonbatty1_sam

Yer can’t win them all COYS – @sthrlfc

Not good enough on the night. – @svernazza1394

Rain, Effort, Rudderless, Disappointing, Over reaction – @normdeplume


Injury hit Saints slip to defeat – Joseph Coy

Unsaintly performance helps Dragons win narrowly. – John Case

Ah, never mind always next week – Derek Anthony Hayes

Just one game, calm down folks – Jonny Edwards

Credit to Catalan awesome defence COYS – Frank Porrino

Tough Catalans defence, poor attack options – Neil Okell

Learn from defeat, prepare for Wire – Stephen John

Got beat, learn, come back stronger! – Phil Sephton

Toughest team we’ve faced this year – Matty Consuela Morrey

Best team won on the day – Ian Overmire

Excellent Dragons defence, no Saints creativity – John Wilson

Not good enough on the day! – Karen Leyland

It’s just one game, calm down! – Graham Tubey

Unlucky guys, onwards and upwards COYS – Dawn Polak

Tomorrow is another day, Que Sera – Andy Waddilove

It was always going to happen – Mike Noonan

Saints succumb to a Catalan backlash – Linda Pownall

Put it behind us, move on – Andrew Howard

It had to happen, move on! – Peter Elder

Can’t win them all, fight again – Johnny Wright

Our first defeat. Onwards and upwards – Neil Barlow

Best team won on the day – Chris Rich

Won eight lost one joint top – Mike Mather


A few of you weren’t happy with the condition of the pitch at the Stade Gilbert Brutus – we always have time for a bit of alliteration –


Muddy mire made messy match murder. – @lozzyklingers


Hicks, weather, complacent and no idea – Dave Alexander

If that’s SUMMER RUGBY , keep it . – Peter Faz Farrell

Saints struggled in the Catalan mud – Kevin Rice

God awful pitch slows Saints down – Michael Derbyshire

A Poor game weather didn’t help – Julie Kennedy

In the mud we must run – Jason Sutton

Saints slip up in the mud – Marie Bullough


We had a couple of tongue in cheek entries with echoes of early 2013/14 and Dad’s Army…

It’s that time, get Brown out. – Jennifer Alice Rose

We’re all doomed, I say doomed – @jonom77


We also had some opposition fans come and bait us…including a Wiganer who has taken a bit of time away from their relegation battle, the Shaun Edwards issue and the lack of discipline within their players to have a pop. Mind the gap…

You were knocked off your perch – @june65wigan

Wire are going to get you. – @fatbelly57

We Are Top Of The League – @tobyrgriffiths


And you are looking forward to Friday with Lee Butler and others giving their views on the defeat and the future – and a couple of fans pointing out where Wire have lost this season too…


Rather lose to cats than wolves! – Lee Butler

Monkey off our back…. move on – Dave Wilson Snr

Warrington fucked up at Catalans too – Alan Gartland

Don’t forget Wire lost here too – Lesley O’Connor


Bring on Wire Friday Night #COYS – @ryanmuldoonuk

Gutted let’s do wire on Friday – @tonytyesthelens

Overreacting perhaps, smash Wire on Friday! – @sek40


And finally, Saints fans turned up in their numbers and got the plaudits from the local media in France for their behaviour…

Saints have the best supporters FACT! – Karen Leyland

We’ll be back next week after the Warrington game for more #SixWordMatchReports!

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