St Helens beat James Maloney’s Catalans Dragons

James Maloney’s professional rugby league tail song failed to produce an adventure when St Helens, who spearheaded former NRL star Kevin Naiqama, donated his Catalans Dragons apparel to win the Super League grand final.

The French-based Dragons bid to become the first overseas team to win the Super League came just short when they lost to St Helens 12-10 in the decision.

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St Helens became only the second team to win a third grand final in a row since the English rugby league championship became the Super League in 1996.

Former Knight, Panther and Tiger Naiqama, who were wearing St Helens colors for the last time before returning to Australia, delivered the perfect graduation gift with a try in each half at Old Trafford.

Subsequently 6-4 at half time, the Catalans regained the lead with their only attempt through second-row Mike McMeeken from Josh Drinkwater’s elevated kick, while the Saints were down to 12 men. Maloney, the oldest player to score a point of any kind in a Super League final of 35, converted to 10-6.

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But the clincher of Naiqama from a Jonny Lomax grubber kick came 15 minutes from full time, converted by former Panther and Cowboy Lachlan Coote, another player his last game for the Saints.

St Helens coach Kristian Woolf’s side completed the league and cup doubles for the second time.

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“It hurts,” Maloney said.

“I’m crushed for the boys. We’ve done so much, we’ve worked so hard, but they were just too good.

“You never play the perfect football game … You always want to watch, ‘What if this, what is it?’ Unfortunately, it never goes away. “

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